NaNoGenMo 2019 - GPT-2 Edition

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The Basics

My goal this year was to take some random text, character, and location generators and build a basic recursive quest engine.

Let's unpack that. All I want for now is:

  • locations - a small network of places, with the ability for characters to travel between them
  • characters - a recurring finite set of characters who travel between the locations and interact when they're in the same place
    • stretch goal - interact when they're passing one another!
  • recursive - the idea is that we have a world... it has, say, cities, within cities are places (inns, bars, markets), within those may be rooms... or maybe our recursion is deep enough at two levels

Eh, maybe that's even too much. I work a super lot and in eight days of November so far all I've done is written those bullets. But let's see what's out there...


So there are some good generators out there that sort of start to do what I want. I may just daisy chain them together... listed a few below. TextWorld world generations is almost exactly what I want, it's just single-character. Hmmm.

Local laptop


This: Made this: Which made this:

hit this bug:

git clone && cd gpt-2
docker build --tag gpt-2 -f Dockerfile.cpu .
docker run -it gpt-2 bash

Need to run this on AWS or something:

2019-11-09 20:43:18.919955: I tensorflow/core/platform/] Your CPU supports instructions that this TensorFlow binary was not compiled to use: AVX2 FMA
2019-11-09 20:43:23.418088: W tensorflow/core/framework/] Allocation of 154389504 exceeds 10% of system memory.
2019-11-09 20:43:23.722155: W tensorflow/core/framework/] Allocation of 154389504 exceeds 10% of system memory.
2019-11-09 20:43:44.915623: W tensorflow/core/framework/] Allocation of 18137088 exceeds 10% of system memory.
2019-11-09 20:43:45.006514: W tensorflow/core/framework/] Allocation of 18210816 exceeds 10% of system memory.
2019-11-09 20:43:45.102333: W tensorflow/core/framework/] Allocation of 18284544 exceeds 10% of system memory.


git clone
cd ParlAI; python develop


From: Yields:

hit this bug:

pip install textworld