Distributed Drama Management: Beyond Double Appraisal in Emergent Narrative

  • Allan Weallans
  • Sandy Louchart
  • Ruth Aylett
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7648)


In this technical paper, we describe an implementation of Distributed Drama Management (DDM). DDM is a concept which involves synthetic actor agents in an Emergent Narrative scenario acting on both an in-character level, which reflects the concerns of the characters, and an out-of-character level, which reflects the concerns of a storyteller. By selecting the most “dramatically appropriate” action from a set of autonomously proposed actions, Distributed Drama Management aims to retain the benefits of Emergent Narrative such as believability and agility of response to user actions, but attempts to provide a structurally and emotionally consistent experience.


Actor Layer Emotional Impact Digital Game Character Layer Emotional Target 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan Weallans
    • 1
  • Sandy Louchart
    • 1
  • Ruth Aylett
    • 1
  1. 1.MACS, Heriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghScotland

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