RIDERS: Research In Interactive Drama Environments, Role-Play and Story-telling

Lead Research Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Department Name: S of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Abstract

The development of interactive graphical environments, mobile platforms, augmented reality and pervasive environments offers new technology resources for the creation of interactive drama, role-play and story-telling whether for entertainment, education, therapy or art. But what is the scientific and theoretical basis for these new media? How is it possible to reconcile the free interaction users expect in such environments with the satisfying narrative structures authors would like to design up front? Researchers have been trying to answer these questions in a range of often disparate disciplines: Computer Science and AI (e.g. planning, HCI, affective computing, digital gaming); Humanities (e.g narratology, digital media studies); Arts (e.g interactive installations, interactive drama); and Psychology (e.g user engagement, auto-biographical memory). Industrially, computer games companies have tried to find pragmatic and implementable solutions too in order to attract a wider range of gamers and move to more complex emotional engagement than the tension and adrenaline of shooting baddies. This network will bring together researchers in the many different disciplines involved so as to breach the current barriers between them, reduce fragmentation and create a synergy between technology development, theoretical analysis and practitioner applications. It will reach out to the creative industries in which new experiences and artefacts are being produced on a significant economic scale and to practitioners in relevant areas such as live and board-based role-play. It thus aligns with the objectives of the EPSRC Digital Economy programme.

Planned Impact

Story permeates human culture and society. Common stories about the past - history - bind nations, regions and local communities and form a collective memory. Meanwhile newspapers tell the stories of significant events and relay the gossipy stories of celebrities, while at the individual level, personal experience is often encoded as stories of self, forming an autobiographic memory fundamental to self-identity. Drama and story link the individual to wider social groups, forming a powerful mechanism for learning - role-play - and making to possible to engage the deprived and excluded (as for example, theatre in prisons). Authoring and performing can produce empowerment and enhance self-expression and confidence. Interactivity is in turn fundamental to the economic performance of the UK computer games industry. Combining story more successfully with interaction would give this important industry a significant competitive edge, laying the basis for new game genres and increasing their sales base outside of the still largely young-male demographic. Through the development of new genres of Serious Games, new forms of health therapy and health education could be developed, using the affective engagement of story to help change attitudes and behaviour. Educational role-play - used as a means of teaching and training in areas where behaviour and attitudes are more important than simple knowledge - could be extended and enriched by the addition of graphical characters and technology-supported narrative events. New forms of narratively-rich art installations would extend the repertoire of artists and the engagement of the public.
 
Title Aaron Reid on his IS product 'Perfect' and 'Almost Goodbye' 
Description Professor Aylett interviews Aaron's Reid on camera and is taken through his interactive storytelling tool eliciting discussion to publish on the RIDERS website. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact see website 
URL http://www.riders-project.net
 
Title Andrew Murchie presentation at RIDERS Summer School 
Description Award winning film-maker Andrew Murchie talks to the network abut making a short film using 3D equipment. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Shared the video with the RIDERS network via the website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/andrew-murchie.html
 
Title Audio Project work - Riders Summer School 
Description Radio Producer feeds back on the the RIDERS group project work; using different elements of audio to tell a joke in 1 minute. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Video shared with the network via the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/audio-project-work-riders-summer-school2014.html
 
Title Audio Project work - Riders Summer School 
Description Radio Producer feeds back on the the RIDERS group project work; using different elements of audio to tell a joke in 1 minute. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Video shared with the network via the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/audio-project-work-riders-summer-school2014.html
 
Title Bjorn Temte - presentation on Nordic LARP 
Description Presentation 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact EU 2020 proposal in 2015 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/bjorn-temte-and-morgan-jarl-nordic-larp.html
 
Title Bjorn Temte and Morgan Jarl - Mixing Desk of LARP in preparation for workshop 'When Our Destinies Meet' 
Description Presentation 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact None 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/morgan-jarl-when-our-destinies-meet-preparation.html
 
Title Bjorn Temte and Morgan Jarl - sub genres within LARP 
Description Presentation 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact None 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/bjorn-temte-the-birth-of-larp.html
 
Title Christine Wilks presentation 
Description Digital author Christine Wilks talks about the role of text within interactive storytelling. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Shared with the RIDERS network on the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/christine-wilks-taking-text-out-of-the-box.html
 
Title Daniel Kudenko presentation 
Description Daniel Kudenko talks about the limitation of AI within interactive storytelling. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Shared with the RIDERS network on the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/daniel-kudenko.html
 
Title David Bishop presentation 
Description David Bishop talks on graphic novels and interactive storytelling at the RIDERS and CIRCLE collaboration. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Shared on the RIDERS website with the network. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/david-bishop.html
 
Title David Zendle- HWU Digital Lab 
Description David Zendle feeds back on the benefits to his PHD project after a Research Exchange opportunity at Heriot Wat University Digital Lab. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Shared on the RIDERS website with the network. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/david-zendle-research-exchange.html
 
Title Dr Gnanathusharan Rajendran interview 
Description Dr Henrik Shonau Fog discusses 'Continuation and Desire' with Psychologist Dr Gnanathusharan Rajendran. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Shared with the RIDERS network on the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/dr-thusha-rajendran.html
 
Title Dr Sandy Louchart presentation at The Scottish Storytelling Center 
Description Dr Sandy Louchart shares his view on interactive storytelling with members of the public at The Scottish Storytelling Festival. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Shared on the RIDERS website with the network. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/sandy-louchart-scottish-storytelling-festival.html
 
Title Ernest W Adams presentation 
Description Games Consultant Ernest W Adams gives a key note talk on multi-player games and his project The Blitz online. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Video shared with the RIDERS network on the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/ernest-adams.html
 
Title Errol Rivera - workshop on crafting digital comics 
Description Workshop presentation 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact None 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/errol-rivera-is-workshop-august-2014-part-1.html
 
Title Exchange report video - Dr Henrik Sch√łnau Fog 
Description Video blog of Dr Henrik Schønau Fog's research exchange experience at Heriot Wat University. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact NA 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/henrik.html
 
Title Harmut Koenitz presentaion at The Scottish Storytelling Center 
Description Assistant Professor Hartmut Koenitz shares his views with members of the public on interactive storytelling and introduces his writing tool, ASAPS. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Shared with the RIDERS network via the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/hartmut-koenitz-scottish-storytelling-festival.html
 
Title Hartmut Koenitz - presentation on IS research tool ASAPS 
Description Presentation 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact None 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/hartmut-koenitz-introduces-asaps.html
 
Title Jeroen Linssen presentation 
Description Jeroen Linssen presents on Serious Gaming for Social Interaction at the RIDERS Summer School. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Shared on the RIDERS website with the network. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/jeroen-linssen.html
 
Title Josh McCoy interview 
Description Josh McCoy talks to Professor Ruth Aylett about his work in progress social networking game, 'Promweek'. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Video shared with the RIDERS network on the website 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/josh-mccoy.html
 
Title LajvVerkstaden presentation 
Description LajvVerkstaden presentation on Live Action Role Play at Heriot Wat University LARP workshop. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Shared with the RIDERS network on the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/introduction-to-larp.html
 
Title Lars Nerback presentation 
Description Lars Nerback talks about Educational LARP as a tool towards interactive storytelling. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Shared on the RIDERS website with the network. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/educational-larps.html
 
Title Lisa Gee presentation 
Description Digital writer Lisa Gee talks about the challenges of digital biography. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Video shared with the RIDERS network on the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/lisa-gee-riders-april-2013-workshop.html
 
Title Luke Clancy Audio Part 1 and 2 
Description Radio Producer Luke Clancy introduces his workshop on making good narrative audio at the RIDERS Summer School 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Shared with the RIDERS network on the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/luke.html
 
Title Lynne Hall presentation 
Description Reader Lynne Hall from Sheffield University talks on embedding evaluation within narratives experiences. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Shared with the RIDERS network on the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/lynne-hall-riders-workshop.html
 
Title Mark Dunford - presentation on digital storytelling across different generations 
Description Introduces a project on story-telling for the elderly 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact None 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/matthew-dunford-on-digital-storytelling-final-riders-e...
 
Title Maya Chowdhry presentation 
Description Maya Chowdhry presents on the creative collaborative process of producing an interactive arts product at the RIDERS Summer School. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Shared on the RIDERS website with the network. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/maya-chowdhry.html
 
Title Mike Chantler - presentation on EPSRC funding and introduction of research categorisation tool 'Well Sorted' 
Description Presentation 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact None 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/mike-chantler-on-funding.html
 
Title Mirium Lundqvist Games Mastering workshop. 
Description Mirium Lundqvist takes the RIDERS members though a Games Mastering workshop. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Video shared on the RIDERS website with the network. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/games-mastering-workshop-with-miriam-lundqvist.html
 
Title Mirium Lundqvist Meta Techniques workshop 
Description Mirium Lundqvist takes the RIDERS members though Meta Techniques in an experiential workshop. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Shared on the RIDERS website with the network. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/meta-techniques-workshop.html
 
Title Oliver Case presentation 
Description PHD student Oliver Case gives one of his first presentations at a RIDERS event on Emerging Narrative Film. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Shared with RIDERS network via website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/oliver-case-emerging-narrative-film.html
 
Title Pecha Kuchas from SPIRES travel grant recipients 
Description Travel visits have been funded as part of the SPIRES programmes in which network members have visited a research environment and documented it for the SPIRES website: see http://www.spiresnetwork.org/#/travel-scholars-pecha-kuchas/4574122002 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Available via website 
URL http://www.spiresnetwork.org/#/travel-scholars-pecha-kuchas/4574122002
 
Title Peter Mawhorter interview 
Description Professor Ruth Aylett interviews Peter Mawhorter of Georgia University on his research tool 'Minstral'. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Shared with the RIDERS network on the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/peter-mawhorter.html
 
Title Professor Gerraint Wiggins presentation 
Description Professor Gerraint Wiggins video presentation of human inspired cognitive architecture within interactive storytelling. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Shared with the RIDERS network on the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/professor-geraint-wiggins.html
 
Title Professor Marc Cavaza presentation 
Description Professor Marc Cavaza of Teesside University talks on brain computer interfaces for interactive narratives. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Video shared with the RIDERS network on the RIDERS website - RIDERS was privy to be among the first to learn of cutting edge research that Marc Cavaza was involved in with the industry and still to launch into public domain. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/professor-marc-cavaza.html
 
Title Professor Ruth Aylett interview 
Description Dr Henrik Shonau Fog interviews Professor Ruth Aylett on her views around interactive storytelling. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Video shared with the RIDERS network on the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/proffesor-ruth-aylett.html
 
Title Professor Ruth Aylett presentation at the Scottish Storytelling Centre 
Description Professor Ruth Aylett shares her view on past, present and future interactive storytelling with members of the public at a presentation at the Scottish Storytelling Festival. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Video shared on the RIDERS website with the network. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/ruth-aylett-scottish-storytelling-centre-workshop.html
 
Title Roger Gibson - presentation on comics within interactive storytelling 
Description Presentation 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact None 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/roger-gibson-comics-writer.html
 
Title Sandy Louchart Summer School IS Introduction 
Description Dr Sandy Louchart introduces IS to the Summer School and the RIDERS network developments and vision. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Shared on the RIDERS website with the network. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/sandy-louchart-introduces-is.html
 
Title Simon Meek presentation 
Description Simon Meek talks about the role of adaptation within interactive storytelling. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Shared with the RIDERS network via the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/simon-meek.html
 
Title Sophia Lycouris - workshop exploring how technologists and artists work together 
Description Presentation and activities 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact None 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/what-next-for-riders-and-interactive-storytelling-work...
 
Title Summer School comic workshop - ideas for a graphic novel 
Description Brain storming session 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact None 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/riders-members-introduce-ideas-for-comic.html
 
Title Workshop on Stories and Quests 
Description Lars Nerback takes the RIDERS members though a workshop on Stories and Quests within LARP. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Shared with the network via the RIDERS website. 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/stories-and-quests-lecture.html
 
Title Zlatka Stankova presentation 
Description Filmed footage of Zlatka Stankova talking on 'Irony within drama and its impact on digital narrative.' 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact Video presentation shared with the RIDERS network on the website 
URL http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/zvlatka-stankova.html
 
Description Interactive Storytelling Book 
Organisation Aalborg University
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professor Ruth Aylett and Dr Sandy Louchart are currently collaborating with a cross-discipline group of IS writers within Europe, UK and USA to co-author and publish an interactive storytelling bookt.
Collaborator Contribution Authoring with a view to publication in USA 2015
Impact On-going collaboration, writers targets, and research to create RIDERS interactive storytelling book.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Interactive Storytelling Book 
Organisation University of Georgia
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professor Ruth Aylett and Dr Sandy Louchart are currently collaborating with a cross-discipline group of IS writers within Europe, UK and USA to co-author and publish an interactive storytelling bookt.
Collaborator Contribution Authoring with a view to publication in USA 2015
Impact On-going collaboration, writers targets, and research to create RIDERS interactive storytelling book.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Joint workshop with Scottish Story-Telling Centre 
Organisation Scottish Storytelling Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The investigators Prof Aylett and Dr Louchart together with Dr Hartmut Koenitz presented a public workshop on Interactive Storytelling as part of the 2013 Scottish Story-telling Festival
Collaborator Contribution The SSC organised the workshop providing venue, advertising and registration of 20 participants
Impact Bid for SICSA funding for industrial placement
Start Year 2013
 
Description Research exchange with David Zendle 
Organisation University of York
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution David Zendle came to the HWU Digital Lab to share ideas with PHD students Neil Suttie and John Truesdale.
Collaborator Contribution The week of discussions and explorations enabled David to completely change direction within his research work.
Impact http://www.riders-project.net/research/videos/david-zendle-research-exchange.html
Start Year 2014
 
Description Research exchange with HENRIK SCHØNAU FOG to HWU Digital Lab 
Organisation Aalborg University
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research exchange collaboration to investigate the notions of Continuation and Desire.
Collaborator Contribution Various interviews and peer to peer sharing of ideas and methods. http://www.riders-project.net/funding/previous-participants/dr-henrik-dsl.html
Impact http://www.riders-project.net/funding/previous-participants/dr-henrik-dsl.html
Start Year 2012
 
Description Research exchange with Hartmut Koenitz 
Organisation University of Georgia
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Cross exchange of Koenitz's ASAPs and exploration of refining the tool interface.
Collaborator Contribution Koenitz gave detailed overview of the product in development and also his new lauch IS development 'Breaking Points'. http://www.riders-project.net/features-news/breaking-points-apple-app.html
Impact Knowledge of tools in development shared between those on the exchange.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Travel to IF book conference - The British Library 
Organisation The British Library
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Sandy Louchart gave a talk on Interactive Storytelling
Collaborator Contribution Conference opportunity.
Impact http://bookfutures.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/96-800x600-normal-0-false-false-false.html
Start Year 2012
 
Description Edinburgh Scottish Storytelling event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Valuable feedback data was gathered on how members of the public with varying IS skills were able to cope with the functionality of Hartmut Koenitz's interactive storytelling tool - some of the feedback directly helped him in his design of the product he was developing.
http://advancedstories.net/

Valuable cross exchange between the technical team helping more creative members of the public to navigate the IS tool during a workshop - public given copies of the IS tool to take home to continue creating their IS story. The technical team evaluated some of their approaches to their work after this interesting collaboration and event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://seeingstories.eu/publication/sisf13programme.pdf
 
Description Event and workshop at University of Sheffield - Authoring and Evaluation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event was a collaborative opportunity for Singapore based Assistant Professor Alex Mitchell to workshop his new IS development tool HypeDyn and get cross-discipline group feedback. Group attending got hands on experience of this IS tool and were provided on-line guidance via the website from Alex Mitchell.

Membership grew. Professionals made suggestions of other professionals that would be interested to attend and talk at the next RIDERS event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.riders-project.net/events/past-events/past-riders-events/Page-2.html
 
Description Event at University of Birmingham - 'The language of Stories' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Specialist speakers took questions and hands on experience learning about a specific aspect of IS during workshop

Membership grew
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.riders-project.net/events/past-events/past-riders-events/riders-april-2012-workshop.html
 
Description Event at University of York - Interaction Role-play and Story Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Q and A after speakers, networking during breaks/lunch to further talk about ideas, and a hands on workshop to learn more about Interactive Storytelling.

Researcher were asking when the next event would be held by RIDERS
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.riders-project.net/events/past-events/past-riders-events/riders-event-june-2012.html
 
Description Heriot Watt University - LARP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Live Action Role-Play was very experiential and there was much discussion of how this related to aspects within IS research and individuals own work during and afterwards.

Requests were made by individuals to have a LARP within the RIDERS Summer School - some of the members blogged on the benefits of the LARP experience as well on the RIDERS website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.riders-project.net/features-news/resources-for-larp.html
 
Description Invited talk at University of Coimbra, portugal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk on mechanisms for interactive narrative to the Multi media group of the University of Coimbra
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote speakers at Queen Mary University of London - Emotion and the Narrative Space 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Networking opportunity and further in-depth discussions on various aspects of the keynote speakers research are within IS

Increase in membership and requests to be invited to future RIDERS IS events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.riders-project.net/events/past-events/past-riders-events/riders-event-november-2012.html
 
Description Manchester Digital Laboratory workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Each speaker followed with a Q and A session. Hands on creative digital writing workshop sparked lots of discussion during and afterwards.

Future collaborations made with invited guest speaker Christine Wilks who several months later joined an expert cross-discipline group to contribute to authoring the RIDERS IS publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://madlab.org.uk/content/creative-reading-writing-and-film-within-is-riders-event/
 
Description RIDERS Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Summer School enabled networking and knowledge sharing between the group. All groups created two interactive storytelling products at the end; audio piece and IS comic . Lots of Q and A and PHD guidance and peer to peer support.

Further collaborations began to transpire of how RIDERS could be involved and suport pending IS conferences: http://www.riders-project.net/features-news/conference-on-interactive-storytelling-pending-april-2015.html

Bespoke workshops from award winning film-maker Andrew Murchie, Comics author Errol Riviera and Role-Play designers Morgan Trente and Bjorn Temte sparked an exchange of ideas and creative thinking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.riders-project.net/events/past-events/past-riders-events/riders-2014-summer-school-sign-u...
 
Description The University of Edinburgh RIDERS/CIRCLE collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Expanded membership - also made relationships between the two networks; Circle and Riders

Mel Woods of The Storystorm CCN+ Network, and CIRCLE, devised a bespoke mini StoryStorm session especially for the collaboration.
This gave RIDERS members a taster of the official workshop to run that summer and some were interested to go along to gain further information/experience in this area of research within interactive storytelling: http://www.riders-project.net/features-news/the-storystorm-network-exchange-tickets-selling-fast.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.riders-project.net/events/past-events/past-riders-events/riders-circle-collaboration.html