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Quill: A Letter-Writing Roleplaying Game for a Single Player

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To whom it may concern,

Quill is a solo roleplaying game with a twist. Instead of hacking goblins and looting caves, you are writing letters. Rather than having attributes like strength or dexterity, characters in Quill use Penmanship, Language and Heart. 

In a game of Quill you will write real letters, with the aim to craft the best, most beautiful missive possible in order to get a favourable response. You will use words from the Ink Pot to inspire your letter - but be warned, should you roll badly you could end up writing a bad letter. 

If you're looking to kill some time, Quill is a perfect roleplaying distraction and something completely different from anything else out there. 

Winner: Best Free RPG of 2016 - Indie RPG Awards

 
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Karl G August 05, 2017 8:05 pm UTC
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Have you considered making scenarios (and rule alternations) specifically set in a fantastical Arabian setting? The power of pen-and-ink was specific there... or what about a mythical version of Japan?
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scott M August 13, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
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I believe that a third party is working on a Japanese version, although I am partial to a 1001 Nights setting - perhaps a future project
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Karl G August 05, 2017 5:24 pm UTC
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Very original, yet simple. Good invention.
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Wilhelm Z May 22, 2016 4:30 am UTC
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I really enjoy this game and its supplements. It's also a fun way to try and think about character development, and perhaps do several letters as a single character to see how their personality and worldview forms.

Any idea when more scenarios might be available? Or any additional supplementals?
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scott M June 05, 2016 7:26 am UTC
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I've been working on a bunch lately, but I've had so many projects on that I've yet to publish. I'm hoping to have a new scenario set out at the end of the month
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Wilhelm Z December 08, 2016 2:10 am UTC
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Whoops! Took me forever, well several months anyway, to see your comment! Sorry!

Anyway, good luck with your projects! I look forward to see what you come up with!
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Elf F May 08, 2016 5:04 pm UTC
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I am delighted by this game and plan to introduce it to my daughter's school with suggestions that they use it for writing exercises.

However, there are a couple bits in the rules/scenarios that I'm confused by - a couple of scenarios require re-rolling, with phrasing like this: "Ms Bowbridge likes to be impressed with beautiful calligraphy so you must take care. Reroll any Penmanship test. You must take the second roll."

As written, that makes no sense: "roll twice and only use the second option" doesn't change anything, except that you've seen a roll that you won't be using. Should it be "reroll any successful Penmanship test?" That would make it much harder to persuade her, showing that she's very picky. Or, "reroll any unsuccessful Penmanship test?" That would give you a second chance, showing that you're taking extra care.
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scott M June 05, 2016 7:25 am UTC
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Agreed - I've taken another look at this and will be altering. Great to hear that you'll be using it as a teaching tool :)
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Ray B March 03, 2016 5:27 am UTC
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A great opportunity for me to brush up on proper letter writing skills. At the office I send out more "nastygrams" than I care to count.
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Otto H March 01, 2016 1:40 am UTC
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This guy took what looks like a school assignment in creative writing... and turned it into an actually fun solitaire game. I'd love to play a campaign of sorts, perhaps with a branching plot. Thank you, Scott Malthouse!
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Eric M March 17, 2016 8:06 pm UTC
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I just sent Scott my version for politics. And several of the scenarios could be chained together- they use some of the same characters in different areas.
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Tim S May 02, 2016 3:29 pm UTC
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And I'm finishing up "Quill Quest", which is a campaign of sorts as you recruit adventure party members for a dangerous mission. The mission's success hinges on how many NPC's you're able to recruit through your correspondence.
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Eric M February 12, 2016 1:05 am UTC
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Almost have a set of characters and scenes written for use in government/political science/civics classes. I'll be sending to Scott as soon as it's ready.
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Gergely P January 23, 2016 2:07 pm UTC
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This is a real unique experience everyone should try. I will also to integrate it with my other tabletop games. Thanks for making it!
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scott M February 14, 2016 4:50 pm UTC
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You've very welcome.
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Laurentiu V January 18, 2016 2:41 pm UTC
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I wrote a short review about Quills here: http://brainyandnerdy.com/quill-a-letter-writing-roleplaying-game/
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scott M January 18, 2016 10:18 pm UTC
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Great review , much appreciated :)
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Richard B January 14, 2016 8:57 pm UTC
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I can see using this in my library for a youth/teen program.
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Brady C January 14, 2016 6:36 pm UTC
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I've been looking for some inspiration to hone my writing skills. Thanks for putting this together.
Any chance a "character/parchment" sheet will be forthcoming?
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scott M January 14, 2016 7:59 pm UTC
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You're welcome. Yes, there is one in the works.
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Craig B January 11, 2016 11:33 am UTC
Seems like an interesting spin on the concept from De Profundus.
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scott M January 11, 2016 6:33 pm UTC
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Yeah, De Profundis was a big inspiration for the game
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Eric M January 10, 2016 10:47 pm UTC
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I'm going to take Quill into the classroom. Well, the digital classroom anyway. I teach college-level introductory government classes- online. I'm going to tweak Quill to have the students write letters to each other- so they will actually play TWO roles- letter writer, and letter reader. I'll still handle the grading. And yes, I'll be more than happy to share what I come up with- just let me know how best to do that.
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scott M January 11, 2016 6:23 am UTC
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That sounds great, Eric. I'd love to hear how your students get on with it. You can email me at scott@trollishdelver.com if you like
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Ettrick R January 09, 2016 12:51 am UTC
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I am more excited about Quill than any other solo game I have seen. The character types and mechanics are ingenious. I uncork the ink pot on the morrow.

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scott M January 09, 2016 6:58 am UTC
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I'm so glad :) - happy scribing!
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