Call: Workshop on Non-Player Characters and Social Believability at FDG 2018

Call for Papers

2018 Workshop on Non-Player Characters and Social Believability

At Foundations of Digital Games (FDG) 2018
Malmö University
August 7-10 2018)

Workshop website:

Paper submission deadline: May 21 2018

The 2018 workshop on Non-Player Characters and Social Believability intends to be a point of interaction for researchers and game developers interested in modeling, discussing, and developing systems for Non-Player Character (NPC) social behavior and social affordances. This can include behaviour generation based on social and behavioural science theories and models, systems and approaches for social believability, social affordances when interacting with NPCs, and more. We invite participants from any discipline in order to create a broad spectrum of approaches to the area.

In the context of this workshop, NPCs in games are not limited to opponents and allies, but can play any role. From the beginning of digital games, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been part of the main idea of games containing acting entities, which is to provide the player with “worthy” opponents (NPCs). However, as the medium has evolved the requirements on the underlying technologies have changed. The ever expanding complexity of modern games has increased the demands put on the NPCs as believable characters, especially if they are to cooperate with human players. In particular, three facets of NPC behavior are of concern for the workshop: (1) the interplay between intelligent behavior that is task-related, (2) the emotions and meanings that may be attached to the events in the game world, and (3) the social positioning and interaction of deliberating entities. This workshop aims to address this by putting forward demonstrations of work in the integration of these facets aspects of NPC behavior, as well as models and theories that can be used for the emotional and social aspects, and for their integration for generative use.

We welcome submissions rooted in game technologies, computer science, social science, art, design, and the humanities. The workshop will be dedicated to demonstration and discussion, with time for collaboration and comparison of theory, method, practice, and results in fruitful cross- and interdisciplinary meetings.

The workshop is co-located and organised with the 2018 Foundations of Digital Games (FDG) conference in Malmö, Sweden. The exact workshop date is TBD, but will take place sometime during the conference (August 7-10 2018).


This workshop accepts submissions related to NPCs and social believability construed broadly. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • designs created to explore hypotheses
  • realized prototypes, demos, and applications
  • technological approaches: then, now, and the future
  • behavior modeling and behavior design
  • philosophical approaches to sociality and believable behavior
  • generative or procedural content
  • trade-offs between autonomous characters and control over storylines, and dialogue
  • authoring social behavior
  • social interactions involving groups
  • connecting contextual modeling to animation and speech/sound
  • provocative ideas


We will accept submissions for the following:

  • Papers
  • Demos
  • Interesting artifacts

Papers submissions will be subject to double-blind peer review. Each submission will receive feedback from at least two reviewers, as well as a meta-review. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to give an oral presentation of their paper. Demo and artifact authors will be invited to give a presentation of their submission.

We welcome research papers of up to 6 pages in length. We especially encourage the submission of demonstrations of research prototypes and various interesting artifacts. Demonstrations and artifacts should be accompanied by a 1-2 page (excluding references) description and a video showcasing the main features of the demo/artifact (link in document).


All submissions should be in the PDF format and use FDG formatting; more information and templates are available on the FDG 2018 site,

Papers should be submitted through EasyChair:


Paper submission deadline: May 21
Demo/artifact submission deadline: June 27
Workshop: August 7-10 (one half day)


Henrik Warpefelt (Uppsala University)
Harko Verhagen (Stockholm University)
Mirjam Eladhari (Södertörn University)
Josh McCoy (University of California, Davis)
James Ryan (University of California, Santa Cruz)


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