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Creating Interactive Fiction With Inform 7 by Aaron A. Reed

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Chapter 3. Creating a Story World

Good storytellers hold universes in their heads. From erudite novelists to grizzled old men around campfires, every person who tells a story creates a mental image of characters, props for them to use, places for them to inhabit, and events for them to experience. Human storytellers carefully select the words that best reveal to their audience the state of the world in their imaginations.

To teach a computer with no imagination how to tell a story, we must first explain to it our story world—the places, things, people, and plans that make up a narrative. Only then can the computer select appropriate words to explain that story to an audience sitting at a keyboard, and only then can it understand what the audience ...

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