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Striving for Author-Friendly Procedural Dialogue Generation

Lessard, Jonathan; Brunelle-Leclerc, Etienne; Gottschalk, Tim; Jetté-Léger, Marc-Antoine; Prouveur, Odile; Tan, Christopher. « Striving for Author-Friendly Procedural Dialogue Generation. » In 2017 Workshop on Non-Player Characters and Social Believability at the 12th Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games. Hyannis:MA, 2017.

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This paper reports on an ongoing attempt to develop an author-friendly approach to procedural game dialogue generation. Various affordances of the experimental authoring tool Expressionist are appropriated to allow non-computer scientist authors to design virtual characters’ discourse and reasoning potential. The paper describes how the Hammurabi game project makes use of metadata-driven context free grammars to author virtual characters that can generate not only discourse but also context-relevant decisions. The author-friendliness and generativity of the approach is discussed.