Back in the late 1980s British developer Tim Gilberts, after having worked on Gilsoft's adventure tool The Quill, developed the multi-machine adventure writer DAAD under his Infinite Imaginations label for the Spanish Aventuras AD. This development tool allowed him to target a broad range of 8- and 16-bit systems, which not only included the MSX, but also Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, PCW, Atari ST, Amiga and IBM PC-compatible, all while maintaining a single source file.

Development on DAAD lasted from 1988 to 1991, but after Aventuras AD declared bankruptcy in 1992, the tool seemed to be lost forever. As luck would have it though, the system disks were recovered in 2014 by Mr. Andrés Samudio, CEO of Aventuras AD, and donated to the public domain. Unfortunately much of the original system, including English language support, was gone however, and it wasn't till Tim Gilbert collaborated with formed fellow Gilsoft member Stefan Vogt, that DAAD was restored to its former glory, and extended with English language support into DAAD Adventure Writer v2.

Now, 30 years since its initial creation, they are proud to make their system available to the public for the first time, and they can't wait to see what YOU will create with it! On the product page, you can also find the DAAD Aventuras AD preservation files, which contain "historical files from Aventuras AD that were rediscovered together with DAAD, mostly Spanish game master disks and sources".

Source: Twitter announcement by Stefan Vogt
Source: Infinite Imaginations / Aventuras AD's DAAD Adventure Writer v2 on Tales from the 8-bit Era.

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By Pac

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10-09-2018, 01:01

I love adventure games like those... I hope that someone will manage to use it soon.

By sd_snatcher

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10-09-2018, 22:43

How nice! Maybe we can now see some new adventures popping out.

By Manuel

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10-09-2018, 23:01

Is there an adventure game written with this tool for MSX? Or any game for any system?

By FiXato

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11-09-2018, 04:28

Manuel wrote:

Is there an adventure game written with this tool for MSX? Or any game for any system?

If you look at the back cover of for instance, it mentions DAAD 2.8. Same goes for
I'm assuming the majority of games developed by Aventuras AD are developed with some earlier incarnation of this tool. On one of the source articles it was also mentioned that part of DAAD's code can be traced back to one of Gilsoft's first adventure tools, The Quill.

Whether or not you could actually load in the original source code for one of these games into this version of DAAD, I wouldn't know. I would assume so.

Actually, the archive that's also on the same page contains the masters for 5 MSX games:

  • 07 AVENTURA ORIGINAL 21-06-89
  • 16 JABATO 90-91
  • 18 CHICHEN ITZA 14-10-91
  • 19 TEMPLOS SAGRADOS 04-02-91

So, I guess there's your answer. ;)

By mohai

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14-09-2018, 16:04

Maybe this is a good opportunity to translate those good old adventure games to some other language, such as English or Dutch...

There were some other adventure games from AD, but some of them were done with previous versions of the parser.
Some of them even were written in BASIC.