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Games - Quill, The/AdventureWriter (839 results)

The Quill was created by Graeme Yeandle in 1983 and was published by Welsh software house Gilsoft. Various support programs were created over the years which added extra features; The Press, the Patch and the Illustrator. The Quill was the first in the "Gilsoft family" of adventure systems which includes the PAW, the SWAN, and DAAD.

Localised versions were published by Norace in Norway, Denmark and Sweden, all on one disc/tape.

In the USA, the tool was sold, under license, as AdventureWriter by the publisher CodeWriter who included their own graphics system. CodeWriter "grey imported" a French language version to Europe.

Gilsoft's Quill was available for ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, BBC Micro & Acorn Electron, Sinclair QL, and Oric 1/Atmos. An Atari 800/XL version was developed but may not have been released.

CodeWriter's (US & French) version of the system was available for Commodore 64, Atari 800 and XL series computers with 48K, Apple II (II, II+, IIc) / Franklin Ace 1000, and IBM-PC (MS-DOS). The C64 and Apple/Franklin version had support for graphics.

Although The Quill only had a two-word parser, a special four-word version was created by Gilsoft for CRL to use in their Bugsy game; although the commercially released version does not seem to implement that feature. Support for four word inputs could be added to Spectrum games by the use of the third-party The Fix program that was marketed by Kelsoft.

In addition to the commercial games produced using the Quill, several games used the system as a prototyping/development tool (such as Dodgy Geezers and Terrormolinos).

There were also games released using (often uncredited) heavily-modified versions of the Quill such as Rigel's Revenge and The Serf's Tale. That particular hack of the Quill, produced by Smart Egg, was dubbed "The Ballpoint".

The Quill influenced many other adventure systems that followed it. It has also been unofficially ported to other platforms. For example, in the early 2000s Zeljko Juric produced an enhanced version for Texas Instruments (TI) programmable graphical calculators. There was an unofficial ZX81 version in development back in 2009/2010 together with a Windows-based editor.

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Title Publisher Year Language Documents
2001½ - A Space Idiot Microtech Systems 1986 English
3 investigadores y el misterio de la falsa herencia, Los Commodore plus 2023 Spanish Solution
99Y UK Lead 1986 Swedish
Abington ? ? English Solution, Map
Adult 2 Scull PD info 1990 English Solution, Map
Adventure Paul McGuire 1985 English Solution
Adventure 2001 Robert Tomlin ? English Solution, Map
Adventure in Time and Space Dorothy Millard 1989 English Solution, Map, Hints
Adventure of a Mug Hilary Walton ? English Solution
Adventure of the Rosetta Stone, The CodeWriter 1984 English Solution
Adventure on the Planet Akma Dowsoft! 1984 English
Adventures in the Lost Valley Mega-Soft 1988 English Solution
Adventures of Barsak the Dwarf, The Gilsoft International 1984 English Solution, Map
Adventures of Zebedee Gonig, The WoW Software info 1991 English Solution, Map, Hints
Afghan Attack Southern Software 1985 English Solution, Map
Africa Gardens Gilsoft International 1984 English Solution, Map
After the Party Guild Adventure Software, The info 1993 English Solution, Map
Alan Simmons - Bucaneer Viking info 1987 Italian Solution
Alien Planet Guild Adventure Software, The info, Recreation Re-Creation Software 1990 English Solution
Alla Conquista del West Load 'n' Run info 1986 Italian Solution, Map
Alter-Earth Double Play Adventures 1984 English Solution, Map
Amazing Adventure Your Computer 1988 English Solution
Amazon Adventure, The AMIS 1986 English
American Suds Riverdale Software 1986 English Solution, Map
Amiga Advert ? ? Slovenian
Amos Newton - Incubo Explorer info 1987 Italian
Amos Newton - Mente Aliena: L'Astronave Nemica Explorer info 1986 Italian
Amos Newton - Mente Aliena: Straniero in Terra Explorer info 1986 Italian
Amulet, The Sentient Software info 1985 English Solution, Map, Hints
Anamagon's Temple, The Mediandroid 1988 English Solution, Map
Ankebergsäventyret Stefan Andersson 1986 Swedish
Ankh Morpork ? ? English Solution, Map, Hints
Annabel Gray Lee Software 1988 English Solution, Hints
Another Bloody Adventure John Broad ? English Solution, Map
Antropos - Homo Sapiens Viking info 1987 Italian
Appleton, The Walter Pooley 1990 English Solution
April 7th Zenobi Software info 1992 English Solution
Arabian Nights CodeWriter, SoftSide Publications info 1983 English Solution, Map
Archimedes' Magic Screw Applications Software Specialities 1983 English
Argon - L'Orrore di Providence Viking info 1987 Italian
Ashes of Alucard, The Terminal Software 1985 English Solution, Map
Asiento Interceptor Micros info 1987 English
Assassin, The Fiktion Software 1985 English Solution, Map
Astrologer's Crown Astrocalc ? English Map, Hints
Atari Adventure ? ? English
Atlantis Adventure M&J Software 1984 English Solution, Map
Atlantis Adventure, The Grim Reaper, The info 1993 English Solution
Aural Quest Star Dreams 1984 English Solution, Map
Aussie Suds Database Publications, Electron User, Riverdale Software 1988 English Solution
Avoir Balsoft Designs 1985 English Solution, Map