Quills! Bespoke Cooperative Herstory Game Series
       
     
Shakespeare Garden, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
       
     
Quills! & Styles of Play
       
     
Scenes from a Quills! Fairy Tale Game Night
       
     
Quills! Haworth Edition Montage
       
     
Quills! Concord Edition I: Heroines of Little Women
       
     
Quills! Classic Edition Heroines
       
     
Herstory Montage: Victoriana
       
     
Quills! Bespoke Cooperative Herstory Game Series
       
     
Quills! Bespoke Cooperative Herstory Game Series

Quills! is a cooperative game experience that celebrates Herstory with 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.

Also available:

Regency Edition
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.

Haworth Edition
Explores the gothic novels of the three Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne–plus Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte’s biographer.

Victorian Era Edition
Celebrates the heroines from the works of Elizabeth Gaskell.

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 & heroines of William Shakespeare’s plays, written during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Fairy Tale Edition
Explores the heroes and heroines, their friends and helpers, and highlights from selected fairy stories gathered by the Brothers Grimm during the Victorian Era.

Each bespoke game is made to order, uniquely crafted by hand and signed as a playable work of art.

Montage:
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.

Shakespeare Garden, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
       
     
Shakespeare Garden, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

In the Quills! game series, players are creatively empowered to bring classic literary works to life and make them their own. A mix of players who are fans with their favourites and newbies experiencing these works for the first time can make each game fresh and is at the heart of the game’s ‘magic circle’. No two game experiences are ever alike. Each edition of Quills! provides dramatic cues for players to create dynamic social interactions with lively conversational insights to share together.

*Poetic quotes by the bard that are featured in the garden also appear in the Prairie Prose game set.

Quills! & Styles of Play
       
     
Quills! & Styles of Play

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.

No two people ever read a book, imagine or interpret it quite in the same way, which is a very exciting element that carries into the Quills! gameplay. Anecdotes from the Butterfly Story Cards often channel lively conversations between players that enhances the mood of the game and the memories players take with them beyond their unique experiences.

Photo Montage:
With special thanks to Natasha Lehrer Lewis.

Scenes from a Quills! Fairy Tale Game Night
       
     
Scenes from a Quills! Fairy Tale Game Night

“The two children were so fond of one another that they always held each other by the hand when they went out together, and when Snow-white said: ‘We will not leave each other,’ Rose-red answered: ‘Never so long as we live,’ and their mother would add: ‘What one has she must share with the other.’”

161. Snow White and Rose Red
The Brothers Grimm

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Players share stories of the heroes and heroines and their friends and helpers from the Brothers Grimm fairy stories featured in Quills! Fairy Tale Edition, while enjoying macaroons on location at a local treasure–All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva, Illinois.

Quills! Haworth Edition Montage
       
     
Quills! Haworth Edition Montage

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+.

>>Available @ Marigold Games

Quills! Concord Edition I: Heroines of Little Women
       
     
Quills! Concord Edition I: Heroines of Little Women

Louisa’s Dreams:

I ask not for any crown
But that which all may win;
Nor try to conquer any world
Except the one within.

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

-Louisa May Alcott


>>Available @ Marigold Games


With special thanks to Natasha Lehrer Lewis.

Quills! Classic Edition Heroines
       
     
Quills! Classic Edition Heroines

Perhaps these pages may never meet a human eye and therefore no excessive vanity can dictate tho perhaps a feeling akin to it, self-love, may have prompted my not unwilling pen.

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

2-4 Players, Suggested Ages 14+

The Quills! Classic Edition is the first game created in the series, inspired by the writings of Jane Austen. The Quills! Classic Edition Game Set includes:

1 Set of Instructions
1 Butterfly Authoress Card
28 Butterfly Story Cards – 1 Authoress, Heroine, Book Passage
& Memoir Card for each Literary Figure
70 Game Message Cards
40 Feather Quill Pens
7 Petite Ribbon Roses
1 Lace Trimmed ‘Desk Blotter’ Cotton Play Mat
1 Butterfly Muslin Drawstring Storage Sack

>>Available @ Marigold Games

Herstory Montage: Victoriana
       
     
Herstory Montage: Victoriana

The intersecting herstories of Elizabeth Gaskell, the Brontë Sisters, and Louisa May Alcott–who lived during Queen Victoria’s reign–are all key inspirations for the Quills! Herstory Bespoke Game Series. The year 2018 marks the bicentennial birthday of Emily Brontë, the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, and the sesquicentennial of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

Queen Victoria of England, 1845, Alexander Melville; Elizabeth Gaskell, 1832, William John Thomson; The Brontë Sisters (Anne, Emily & Charlotte), circa 1834, Patrick Branwell Brontë; and Louisa May Alcott; from Wikimedia Commons. All other photos by Janine Fron ©2018.