Welcome ICIDS 2020 attendees! Here you can find and experience all of the conference presentations, posters, and demos, broken down by the days when they’ll be presented.

For Papers, the author’s presentations are provided below, to be viewed asynchronously with the conference. During the conference, the authors will give a short presentation, which will be followed by session debate/discussion.

For Posters and Demos, images of the posters (click to expand!), and videos and/or links to the demos are provided below. Authors will stand by their “virtual table” via Discord, where audio channels with video switched on will allow for discussion of the work.

Access to this page will only be open during the conference, after which this content will be archived on the ARDIN website and accessible only through your ARDIN membership.

Please use the links below to explore the conference to your heart’s content!



Transformative Experiences Workshop:

Transformative Experience through Interactive Narratives – Christian Roth, Elisa Mekler, and Nick Bowman

Wednesday (top)

Narrative Systems 1

Crafting Interactive Narrative Games with Adversarial Planning Agents from Simulations – Chris Miller, Mayank Dighe, Chris Martens and Arnav Jhala

Towards the Emergent Theatre: a Novel Approach for Creating Live Emergent Narratives using Finite State Machines – Craig Paul Green, Steve Gibson and Lars Erik Holmquist

A Novel Design Pipeline for Authoring Tools – Daniel Green, Charlie Hargood and Fred Charles


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  • Twine and DooM as Authoring Tools in Teaching IDN Design of LudoNarrative Dissonance – Jonathan Barbara
  • Towards Design Strategies to Support Children’s Narrative Writing Through Enactment – Niloofar Zarei, Francis Quek, Sharon Lynn Chu and Sarah Anne Brown
  • Towards Gestural Specificity in Interactive Digital Literary Narratives – Serge Bouchardon
  • How to Create Magic in VR? – Agnes Karolina Bakk
  • Tale of T(r)ails: The Design of an AR Comic Book for an Animal Welfare Transmedia – Mara Dionisio, Paulo Bala, Sarah Oliveira and Valentina Nisi


Honey, I’m Home – An Adventure Game with Procedurally Generated Narrative Puzzles – Lilian Morgan and Mads Haahr

A Natural History Museum Experience: Memories of Carvalhal’s Palace – Turning Point – Vanessa Cesario, Sandra Olim and Valentina Nisi

Ares 2036: Exploring the Space of Rapid Prototyping for Transformative Interactive Storytelling – Christian Roth and Julie Dacanay

Using Reverse Interactive Audio Systems (RIAS) to Direct Attention in Virtual Reality Narrative Practices: A Case Study – Aletta J. Steynberg

Digital Narrative, Documents & Interactive Public History – Tristan Revells and Yuzhu Chai

The Story Maker – an authoring tool for multimedia-rich interactive narratives – Ektor Vrettakis, Christos Lougiakis, Akrivi Katifori, Vassilis Kourtis, Stamatis Christoforidis, Manos Karvounis and Yannis Ioanidis

Tell a Tail 360o: Immersive Storytelling on Animal Welfare – Paulo Bala, Mara Dionisio, Tania Andrade, and Valentina Nisi

Interactive Narrative Theory 1

*GFI: A Formal Approach to Narrative Design and Storygame Research – Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera, Jose P. Zagal and Michael S. Debus

*The Case for Invisibility: Understanding and Improving Agency in Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch and Other Interactive Digital Narrative Works – Anna Marie Rezk and Mads Haahr

*When the Fourth Layer Meets the Fourth Wall: The Case for Critical Game Retellings – Steven Sych

What might an action do? Toward a Grounded view of Actions in Interactive Storytelling – David Thue


Conference Opening Session

Narrative Systems 1

Interactive Narrative Theory 1

Ian Livingstone Keynote

Thursday (top)

Narrative Systems 2

Embedded Narratives in Procedurally Generated Environments – Thomas Lund Nielsen, Eoin Ivan Rafferty, Henrik Schoenau-Fog, and George Palamas

User Testing Interactive Web Documentaries: An Empirical Study and Work for the Future – Nicole Basaraba, Owen Conlan, Jennifer Edmond and Peter Arnds

Digital Storytelling in a Web of Things Application – Mortaza Alinam, Luca Ciotoli, Frosina Koceva and Ilaria Torre

Interactive Narrative Impact and Applications

Capturing User Emotions in Interactive Stories: Comparing a Diegetic and a Non-Diegetic Approach to Self-Reporting Emotion – Sarah Anne Brown, Cheryl Resch, Vanessa Han, Srividya Vaishnavi Surampudi, Pratyusha Karanam and Sharon Lynn Chu

Interpretive Play and the Player Psychology of Optimal Arousal Regulation – Matthew Higgins and Peter Howell

*The Procedural Nature of Interactive Digital Narratives and Early Literacy – Cristina Sylla and Maite Gil

*Vim: a tangible energy story – Skye Doherty, Stephen Snow, Kathleen Jennings, Ben Rose, Ben Matthews and Stephen Viller

Interactive Narrative Theory 2

Weird and Wonderful: How Experimental Film Narratives can inform Interactive Digital Narratives – Chris Hales

How Do I Restart This Thing? Repeat Experience and Resistance to Closure in Rewind Storygames – Alex Mitchell and Liting Kway

Dramatic Narrative Logics: Integrating Drama into Storygames with Operational Logics – Kenneth Tan and Alex Mitchell


Narrative Systems 2

Interactive Narrative Impact and Applications

Kate Pullinger Keynote

Interactive Narrative Theory 2

Friday (top)

IDN Research Discipline and Practice

Circuits, Cycles, Configurations: an Interaction Model of Web Comics – Alessio Antonini, Sam Brooker and Francesca Benatti

*Archiving Interactive Narratives at the British Library – Lynda Clark, Giulia Carla Rossi and Stella Wisdom

*Gated Story Structure and Dramatic Agency in Sam Barlow’s Telling Lies – T.M. Gasque, Kevin Tang, Brad Rittenhouse and Janet Murray

Narrative Systems 3

*Letters to José: A Design Case for Building Tangible Interactive Narratives – Daniel Echeverri and Huaxin Wei

*A Systematic Analysis of User Experience Dimensions for Interactive Digital Narratives – Ashwathy T. Revi, David E. Millard and Stuart E. Middleton

*Toward a Block-Based Programming Approach to Interactive Storytelling for Upper Elementary Students – Andy Smith, Bradford Mott, Sandra Taylor, Aleata Hubbard-Cheuoua, James Minogue, Kevin Oliver and Cathy Ringstaff


IDN Research Discipline and Practice

ARDIN General Meeting

Narrative Systems 3

Mark Bernstein Keynote and Building the Discipline Panel Debate

Conference Closing Session

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