A screenshot from Mouthwash testing, showing a short and nonsensical dialogue between two characters name Roni and Maryam.

The Next Step

November 6, 2011 / 11 comments

Fuckin’ Shakespeare, I know. But this insipid nonsense represents an important step forward for Mouthwash, because Maryam (an NPC) is now capable of having goals: in this case, making Roni (the player character) happy and expressing her own emotions. She’s also capable of taking simple steps to meet those goals, provided she has access to…

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Error code from Java debugging, in which an NPC fails to find her own emotional state.

A Mystery to Herself

October 21, 2011 / 0 comments

Hey, so blog’s on hold this week after all due to personal matters. I’ll be back in a week or so. I’ll have a bit more to say about Mouthwash then, since I’ve actually made progress on the AI basics after a long stretch of brickwalling. ¬†For now, I leave you with the observation that…

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AI and Character

June 17, 2011 / 3 comments

I’m starting to set up some of the basic AI programming in Mouthwash, my work-in-progress conversation system. (Some background here.) I wasn’t planning to get to that stuff so soon, but it became apparent pretty quickly that a lot of other stuff depends on the speakers having “goals.” So I’m having to deal with planning…

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