Chat Me Out of Here!

Pit in the Warehouse: An Interactive Fiction Game with an Instructional Mission


  • Cäcilie Kowald time4you GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Beate Bruns time4you GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany



e-learning, digital learning, workplace learning, conversational learning, conversational experience, chatbots, artificial intelligence, ai, gamification, interactive fiction games, conversational games


Conversational user interfaces, aka chatbots, offer new ways of interaction that can be used not only for task-led applications, but also for learning itself. From drill-and-practice assistants to digital tutors and coaches, Conversational learning offers a variety of new and extensive options to support individuals through the learning process and to push the boundaries of classroom-based learning. However, Conversational Learning applications that go beyond simple question-and-answer dialogs are still rare. “Pit in the Warehouse” takes a new stance to Conversational Learning: by combining an dialogical escape room challenge with an interactive fiction approach and compelling storytelling, it creates an engaging and low-threshold type of game-based learning.

Author Biographies

Cäcilie Kowald, time4you GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany

Dr. Cäcilie Kowald is a learning designer and consultant at time4you GmbH in Karlsruhe, Germany. With an academic background in mathematics and literature, she worked as a consultant, copywriter and concept designer in corporate communications for many years, with a focus on complex products and IT.

Beate Bruns, time4you GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany

Beate Bruns, M.A., is a founder and managing partner of time4you GmbH communication & learning in Karlsruhe, Germany. As a consultant, she supports organizations to successfully integrate new IT technologies in their learning, training and information management processes. She is an author of several scientific publications on learning, HR and workplace digitalization.




How to Cite

Kowald, C., & Bruns, B. (2021). Chat Me Out of Here! Pit in the Warehouse: An Interactive Fiction Game with an Instructional Mission. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC), 14(2), pp. 50–57.



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