Chapter 14. Personality Models

Previous Chapters Have Addressed modeling in a generalized—err, an abstract—fashion. Now it’s time to get down and dirty about personality models, the core of any interactive storytelling system. A personality model for interactive storytelling must meet four crucial criteria: It must be complete, concise, and orthogonal, plus the personality traits must naturally imply behavior.


The traits that make up the personality model must completely address all the behaviors we want to evoke in our storyworld. If our storyworld is to include sexual behavior, then we must have traits such as lust and sex appeal. If our storyworld is for children, then we should dispense with such traits. If our storyworld is a guy-type ...

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