A story environment is a physical, adaptive, augmented 3D reality or virtual space that can become host to narratives. Distinct from a story world, these environments can be in close proximity and even overlapping, and may have quite different narrative themes. The stories may be heavily scripted, or be created and shared by the space's users.
A story environment has potentially five levels:
- Level 1 - Shared
- Inhabitants create their own stories and shared mythology in a non specific narrative space.
- Level 2 - Seeded
- Catalyst writer/actor role plays and brings others into their story world in a generic narrative space
- Level 3 - Influenced
- Static - The environment is rich but only communicates in a visual static way
- Living - The environment speaks to the participant, a monologue, pushes story at the participant e.g.; ghosts, residual lives, placed signage etc.:
- Dynamic - The participant has a dialogue with the environment which responds to most things they do. E.g.: objects and bots respond to chat
- Level 4 - Character
- Environments that are richly rendered with strong back-stories and require the participant to improvise around a range character definitions with others who are also role playing.
- Improvised - human
- Non-player characters are key role players
- Level 5 - Scripted
- The most passive where the participant inhabits a scripted part using two methods depending on the technology
- Automatically animating the participant and talking for the participant with others (automated) in group scenes
- The participant delivers a pre-set script as actor