Chapter 15. Fate Makes the Storyworld Go ’Round

Brenda Laurel First Cooked Up the idea behind Fate. In her 1986 doctoral dissertation, she described a software agent she called “the Playwright.” Laurel specified 13 functions that the Playwright should execute:

• Model the plot in progress.

• Specify the formal characteristics of upcoming events.

• Change the storyworld.

• Modify the goals of characters.

• Access proposals for future actions of characters.

• Simulate these proposals to determine their effect on the plot.

• Evaluate the results of the simulations.

• Mandate future events.

• Formulate the script for the next event.

• Direct the characters.

• Control its own operation.

• Remember past events.

• Learn from past results.

Of course, ...

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