The fictional premise is that wizards are trying to fight back against the ‘Dark Lord’ and are running simulations to find a successful approach, but in each simulation the heroes are defeated.
The way MageFrame works is that each reader (e.g. me) fills out a Google Form with narrative prompts (e.g. What do the questers seek?) which them is fed into a AI (GPT-2) algorithm that fleshes out a meta-scenario designed by Robin. The unique result is then mailed out to the reader, including a map!
You can see my results below – the AI did a surprisingly decent job of creating a legible story, though how much is due to Robin’s meta-structure I’m not quite sure.
I think this is a really cool approach to interactive storytelling I’m keen to see more experiments like it in the future. A few natural extensions could be:
– Serialized stories where the reader provides new prompts after each “chapter”
– Prompting more storytelling on the part of the reader through both open ended and pointed questions. Single-player rpgs and larps have been exploring this space for a bit and I think there could be a cool hybrid approach with a GPT-2 algorithm