What is Author’s Note?

What is Author’s Note?

What is Author’s Note?

The AI can only process about 1000 words worth of text at a time, but a story quickly becomes much larger than that. This means the AI is only given the last part of your current Adventure and doesn’t consider anything written before that when generating new responses.

To compensate for this limited context size, AI Dungeon has Plot Components that always give the AI important information during gameplay. Author’s Note is used to give the AI details about the story’s genre(s), your preferred writing style, or overall tone. This text is sent to the AI toward the end of every player input to keep it informed about how it should generate a response.

How to use Author’s Note

Author’s Note can be added from the in-game settings of your current Adventure and the content edit popups. It can be up to 300 characters long, but most entries are well below that. Remember: Author’s Note does take up space in the limited amount of context sent to the AI every turn, so keep your entries as dense and concise as possible. Don’t worry about matching your writing style; the AI considers this text independently from story text. Some players choose to include details as simple, comma-separated keywords.

While Memory and Story Cards are treated as story text by the AI, Author’s Note text has special formatting applied that surrounds the entry with square brackets [ ] when it’s sent to the AI. In the stories that the AI was trained on, this was a common way authors would describe something about their story, so the AI now interprets square brackets as descriptive indicators about what should come next instead of actual story text. This means Author’s Note can be much more technical and out-of-character because these are instructions for how the AI should generate its next response. This is why Author’s Note is sent to the AI toward the end of every player input as opposed to the beginning like Memory and Story Cards are.

Using Author’s Note is completely optional for your games. Including this component may help the AI generate a more coherent and consistent story, but gameplay will still work without it.

Tips for using Author’s Note

  • Try to make your Author’s Notes dense but detailed. “Fantasy story” is too simple; instead, describe the story with more expressive words:
    • Dark fantasy-horror story. World corrupted by evil magic. Rated T for violence.
    • Horror science-fiction story. Delve into humanity’s fear of Artificial Intelligence.
    • High Fantasy world of talking equines and other fantasy creatures. Tags: noblebright, magical, fantastical, fun
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