Abstract: The Virtual Storyteller is a multi-agent framework for automatic story generation. It creates stories based on the actions of autonomous agents who live in a simulated story world. Recently an interactive version of the Virtual Storyteller has been developed. It has a graphical multi-touch interface allowing human users to control one or more characters. The interactive story that can be controlled, is based on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. It has been tested in experiments with children using a multitouch table.


More information about the Virtual Storyteller, with documents and publications on different aspects of the Virtual Storyteller, can be found on a separate website: Mariet Theune's website about VS

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J.M. Linssen A Discussion of Interactive Storytelling Techniques for Use in a Serious Game. Technical Report, TR-CTIT-12-09, Enschede, Centre for Telematics and Information Technology, University of Twente, Pages: 20, 2012 [pdf] [bibTeX] [e-prints] 


Contributions to Proceedings

T. Alofs, M. Theune and I.M.T. Swartjes A Tabletop Board Game Interface for Multi-User Interaction with a Storytelling System. in 4th International ICST Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment (INTETAIN 2011), A.S. Camurri and C. Costa (eds), Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, volume 78, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, pp. 123-128, 2011 [pdf] [bibTeX] [e-prints] 



I.M.T. Swartjes Whose Story Is It Anyway? How Improv Informs Agency and Authorship of Emergent Narrative. PhD Thesis, University of Twente, May 19 2010, Centre for Telematics and Information Technology University of Twente, Enschede, Pages: 225, Promotors: A. Nijholt, Ass. Promotors: M. Theune, 2010 [png] [bibTeX] [e-prints] 


Contributions to Proceedings

I.M.T. Swartjes and M. Theune Iterative authoring using story generation feedback: debugging or co-creation?. in Proceedings of the Second Joint International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2009, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, volume 5915, Springer Verlag, Berlin, pp. 62-73, 2009 [pdf] [bibTeX] [e-prints] 


I.M.T. Swartjes and M. Theune Late commitment: virtual story characters that can frame their world. Technical Report, TR-CTIT-09-18, Enschede, Centre for Telematics and Information Technology University of Twente, Pages: 12, 2009 [pdf] [bibTeX] [e-prints] 


Contributions to Proceedings

I.M.T. Swartjes and M. Theune The Virtual Storyteller: story generation by simulation. in Proceedings of the Twentieth Belgian-Netherlands Conference on Artificial Intelligence, BNAIC 2008, University of Twente, Enschede, pp. 257-264, 2008 [pdf] [bibTeX] [e-prints] 


Contributions to Proceedings

M. Theune, N. Slabbers and F. Hielkema The Narrator: NLG for digital storytelling. in ENLG-07 11th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, S. Busemann (eds), DFKI Document Series, DFKI (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH), Germany, pp. 109-112, 2007 [pdf] [bibTeX] [e-prints] 

I.M.T. Swartjes, J.A.F. Vromen and N.E. Bloom Narrative inspiration: using case based problem solving for emergent story generation. in Proceedings of the Fourth International Joint Workshop on Computational Creativity, A. Cardoso and G.A. Wiggins (eds), Goldsmiths, University of London, London, pp. 21-28, 2007 [pdf] [bibTeX] [e-prints] 

I.M.T. Swartjes Using narrative cases to author interactive story content. in Sixth International Conference on Entertainment Computing, ICEC 2007, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, volume 4740/2007, Springer Verlag, Berlin, pp. 205-210, 2007 [pdf] [bibTeX] [e-prints] 

I.M.T. Swartjes and J.A.F. Vromen Emergent Story Generation: Lessons from Improvisational Theater. in Proceedings of the AAAI Fall Symposium on Intelligent Narrative Technologies, AAAI Press, California, pp. 146-149, 2007 [pdf] [bibTeX] [e-prints] 


Contributions to Proceedings

M. Theune, S. Faas, D.K.J. Heylen and A. Nijholt The virtual storyteller: Story creation by intelligent agents. in TIDSE 2003: Technologies for Interactive Digital Storytelling and Entertainment, S. Göbel, N. Braun, U. Spierling, J. Dechau and H. Diener (eds), Fraunhofer IRB Verlag, Darmstadt, pp. 204-215, 2003 [pdf] [pdf] [bibTeX] [e-prints] 



M. Theune The Virtual Storyteller: story creation by intelligent agents. Talk, Bonn, Germany, September 30 2002, 2002 [bibTeX]