Welcome to the official homepage of Douglas Harter's WinPAW system.
is an adventure writing system that was released to the Sinclair Spectrum,
Commodore 64, and several other computer systems in the 1980's that allows
you to create character based adventure games. The Windows version
provides a beautiful Interactive Development Environment as well as
graphical capabilities. And best of all, it's free!
Please explore the links in the above menu to navigate this site.
If you need to
contact me for any reason, bug fixes, general questions, etc... please
click on Contact Me. Remember that I am not on my computer all
the time so I may take
several days to get back in touch with you.
contains updates that correspond to the site itself. (Last news
December 11, 2006)
- Requirements gives space, speed, and memory requirements.
- Screen Shots
contain a couple pictures from the system.
- Download contains links to
the various places you can download WinPAW
- Installing WinPaw contains information on installing
WinPaw and some of the problems you might run into.
- Quill & PAW Snapshots is a list of snapshots,
solutions, & UnPawed outputs I have found.
- Version History gives a
history of the software
- PAW History gives a
complete history of the Quill, add-ons to the Quill, PAW, and the
which were derived from the Quill and PAW.
- Links gives links to other sites of mine and ones I use
Features of WinPaw
- Almost complete Compatibility with the original PAW &
- Imports from UnQuill and UnPaws output files.
- Imports from PCPAW sources. (A DOS version of PAW by one of the
- Scripting to a file of game input and output and replaying of a
game from the output script.
- Game playing available from the
Interactive Development Editor (IDE), which is used to manipulate
the information needed to play the game. Games may
also be played using the Engine by itself.
- Packaging of your
game available from the IDE. (The Engine is not included in
- Print and Print Preview of all or individual
game databases. Some special listing are also available.
- UnQuill and UnPAWS can be run from the IDE and the outputs
viewed, if you wish. Old and New Quill snapshots are supported.
- Exports can be done to a file in UnPaws or PCPaw format. You
can also export to a file in WinPaw format for import back into
- Graphics can be imported from UnQuill or UnPaws files
into individual locations.
- A table may be searched for
individual words in specific fields.
- Help in HTML Help format
includes all the information in the original PAW Technical Manual
and Introduction Plus the Quill Tutorial and Illustrator
Manual (modified as used in WinPaw).