Quills! is a cooperative game experience that celebrates fiction and poetry from the Regency Era into the 1920s that planted seeds for the feminist revolution. Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Frances Hodgson Burnett are classic writers featured in the gameplay, while Emily Brontë, Anne Brontë, Virginia Woolf, and others appear with their inspirations. In the Quills! Classic Edition, each key writer comes with Authoress, Heroine, Book Passage, and Memoir Butterfly Story Cards to rescue from Hannah’s windblown desk as she races the clock to meet her manuscript deadline.
Players gather Heroine, Friends, Insights, and Dance cards for Jane Austen and each of her six novels, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.
Explores the gothic novels of the three Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne–plus Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte’s biographer.
Concord Edition I & II
Captures the dreams of Louisa May Alcott’s archetypal characters in Little Women; celebrates the heroes and heroines of Concord.
Elizabethan Edition I & II
Highlights the heroines and heroes of William Shakespeare’s plays, written during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Each bespoke game is made to order, uniquely crafted by hand and signed as a playable work of art.
Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland, circa 1592, Anonymous; Jane Austen, 1873, Unknown; Queen Victoria of England, 1845, Alexander Melville; The Brönte Sisters, circa 1834, Patrick Branwell Brönte; Jane Austen, Cassandra Austen; from Wikimedia Commons. All other photos by Janine Fron.
In 1915, Jens Jensen was commissioned by the Garden Club of Evanston to design the landmarked Shakespeare Garden at Northwestern University. Through careful research, Jensen planted flowers, herbs and other plants that were both mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays and could successfully grow in the Evanston area.
Whether playing with 2, 3, or 4 players, the Quills! gameplay encourages aspects of roleplaying in dramatically reading the Butterfly Story Cards and Special Messages aloud together; and also a playful mood of Cosplay, with the unique materials in which the game was made that can be used as theatrical props.
In the Quills! Haworth Edition, players explore the intersecting histories of the Brontë Sisters–through their individual heroines’ challenges and insights.
The Quills! Victorian Edition further contrasts the insights of Elizabeth Gaskell’s heroines, whose biography of Charlotte Brontë inspired Louisa May Alcott.
A unique experience for fans, newbies and educators alike. For 2-4 players, suggested ages 14+.