Backstory Authoring for Affective Agents

  • Stefan Rank
  • Paolo Petta
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7648)


The authoring and configuration of affective characters for interactive narratives presents a significant problem for the viability of interactive digital storytelling. Motivated by work on exploring the author’s perspective on character creation, we present an outline of how a selection of action sequences as backstory experiences can be used to derive configuration parameters for an affective agent architecture. Potential planning paths that include the action sequences provide the foundation for setting concrete values for the importance of goals, standards, and tastes of the character as well as for determining the availability of implicated plans during runtime.


interactive narrative affective agent architectures appraisal theories backstory design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Rank
    • 1
  • Paolo Petta
    • 1
  1. 1.Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI)ViennaAustria

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