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Workshop: The Authoring Process in Interactive Storytelling
14:00 - 17:00
(Exact times are adaptable to circumstances)
Ulrike SPIERLING and Ido IURGEL
At TIDSE 2006, we conducted a pre-conference demo workshop
that addressed the issue of developing accessible solutions for the
creation of interactive storytelling artworks and applications. As a
principle of the workshop, participants demonstrated their authoring
systems using a shared story: the Grimm’s fairy tale of Little Red
Riding Hood. They were allowed to change and adapt the initial story in
order to meet the underlying technical philosophy of their system, and
in order to introduce interactivity. This exercise quickly made obvious
that a) – not surprisingly – there are several ways and strategies to
make a story interactive, and b) that the creative approaches suggested
by these systems differ fundamentally, making it hard to get an
integrated picture of ‘Interactive Storytelling’ from a creator’s point
The comparative approach of this ‘hands-on’ workshop
prompted vivid discussions, and provided a platform to even explain some
cryptic algorithms to a broader audience than only to A.I. researchers.
Because of the encouraging results, the concept of the initial workshop
is revived at Interactive Storytelling ’08. In this second edition, in
addition to tool demonstrations and a workshop, a plenary panel with
brief presentations is organized. It provides a quick overview of
showcases in current state-of-the-art authoring systems and creation
The questions answered and topics discussed by each presenter of a tool are:
Tool Architecture: Describe particular features of your approach or your technology for Interactive Storytelling!
Storyworld Concept: Describe an outline of your particular adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood, including the role of the user / player!
Example Scene: Describe in more detail one example scene of the conceived storyworld that is characteristic for your approach!
Creation Process: Describe how an author uses your tools to create exactly that example scene!
Workshop participants discuss the state of the art
in the creation process for Interactive Storytelling, and identify
The results are discussed further on in the form of a weblog.