A Tabletop Board Game Interface for Multi-user Interaction with a Storytelling System

  • Thijs Alofs
  • Mariët Theune
  • Ivo Swartjes
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 78)


The Interactive Storyteller is an interactive storytelling system with a multi-user tabletop interface. Our goal was to design a generic framework combining emergent narrative, where stories emerge from the actions of autonomous intelligent agents, with the social aspects of traditional board games. As a visual representation of the story world, a map is displayed on a multi-touch table. Users can interact with the story by touching an interface on the table surface with their fingers and by moving tangible objects that represent the characters. This type of interface, where multiple users are gathered around a table with equal access to the characters and the story world, offers a more social setting for interaction than most existing interfaces for AI-based interactive storytelling.


Computer Game Board Game Computer Support Cooperative Work Digital Storytelling Tangible Object 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thijs Alofs
    • 1
  • Mariët Theune
    • 1
  • Ivo Swartjes
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Ranj Serious GamesRotterdamThe Netherlands

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