Our much-admired Master of the Guild of PAW Writers, HE Larry Horsfield, the creative talent behind those & many acclaimed PAWed text adventures published as FSF Adventures – The AXE OF KOLT saga or the MAGNETIC MOON saga among many others – back in the eighties and a regular reported star in the magazines of the age - Sinclair User or Your sinclair, to mention just a couple -, has kept on working on his PAW creations over the years and is now, in 2011, ready to release respectively a brand-new adventure, Fortress of Fear, plus an updated version of The lost children, both authored using the PAW language and compiled using the ACE Adventures package (available for download at the software tab of the Reservoir), a 100% compatible tool with the original PAW language but with much extended capabilites in line with the requirements of the modern times.
Larry is looking for beta-testers so as to fine-tune both adventures to perfect release candidates in the very next months to come. So if you like IF and text-adventures and would like to have the privilege of collaborating with him for the release of these two long-expected & excellent pieces of text adventuring to the world, please write Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite the void that seems to have engulfed this reservoir for the last months, we have endured the hard work at the backstage to keep the PAW alive.
As yet, we have not been able to get hold of the SWAN nor the DAAD, but, thanks to the contribution of Dave Webb, you can now find the Opus discovery A080 version of the PAW at the software tab of the reservoir. Dave advises that the image contains the abandoned database of an unfinished adventure of his and, although he has been unable to delete it from the file, he has still decided to contribute it to the reservoir.
We thank Dave for approaching the reservoir with such a contributive attitude and invite him get further involved in whichever way he may feel like.
Do you want to contribute your own suggestions here? Please don’t hesitate to do it and WRITE NOW to email@example.com.
The Reservoir also aims at compiling an up-to-date & public census of PAW users and programmers so that initiatives like team-ups, projects and others tasks can be easily assigned and implemented. C’mon, register with the Index by sending an e-mail including:
- your full name
- nickname (if any)
- date of birth
- working language
- e-mail address
- proprietary IF/text-adventures related web sites, blogs, etc
- preferred platform: ZX, Amstrad, Windows PC, etc
- any published games, PAWed or not
- specialty: story/script writing, concept art, game design, programming, beta-testing, etc
- interest in type of project: parser design, new games, remakes (e.g. The PAWed Hobbit Deluxe), translations, alt genre PAWed games (e.g. strategy), games for portable devices (under emulation, e.g. ZX), etc
- comments whatsoever
Only full name/nickname and e-mail info will be listed in page 6: People. Enrol the PAW Community TODAY and enjoy working in projects with others for the sheer & mere sake of being creative and HAVE FUN!
There currently exist several versions of the PAW available in the ZX Spectrum format:
… plus storage-device based versions (microdrive, +3 disk, etc). As per my limited wits and documentation, I can infer that A- versions correspond to the first generation implementation. The A04-c is the most screen-dumped english version reported in articles and internet sites. Versions kept on growing serially (maintenance and bug-ridding, most probably) up to A16-c which is, I guess, the mature release that include turn-of-the-century technical advances reported in the manual supplement for A16+versions. New maintenance releases until A-18 and, ¡tzak!, the PAW is localized into spanish and a new branch of the system emerges. The first spanish release corresponds to A18 but, from then onwards, versions are serialized upon B-. Most probably, while the spaniards ketp on upgrading the PAW Tim Gilberts had it replaced by the SWAN in England which, in turn, became the semen for the all-exclusive, in-house DAAD misterious thing, again in spanish…
Is there any chance that an eventual somebody may have any idea on which features featured each and every of the versions of the system, so that this humble heart may compile a trustworthy version history of the software.
I wonder… were there any undocumented features hidden somewhere within the PAW?