Computer Science Department
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Architecture, Authorial Idioms and Early Observations
of the Interactive Drama Fašade

Michael Mateas, Andrew Stern*

December 2002

Keywords: Believable agents, interactive drama, interactive narrative, narrative intelligence

Fašade is an artificial intelligence-based art/research experiment in electronic narrative an attempt to move beyond traditional branching or hyper-linked narrative to create a fully-realized, one-act interactive drama. Integrating an interdisciplinary set of artistic practices and artificial intelligence technologies, we are completing a three year collaboration to engineer a novel architecture for supporting emotional, interactive character behavior and drama-managed plot. Within this architecture we are building a dramatically interesting, real-time 3D virtual world inhabited by computer-controlled characters, in which the user experiences a story from a first-person perspective. Fašade will be publicly released as a free download in 2003.

33 pages


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