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.
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 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.
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.
With special thanks to Natasha Lehrer Lewis.
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+.
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
With special thanks to Natasha Lehrer Lewis.
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