A charcoal drawing by Issachar Ber Ryback depicting a Jewish wedding ceremony in a shtetl.

Jewish fantasy of the shtetl.
Immerse yourself in a fantastical version of history.
For 3-6 players across 3-4 hours.

Art featured here Issachar Ber Ryback, from the 1922 collection 
Shtetl, Mayn Khoyever heym; a gedenknish (Shtetl, My destroyed home; A Remembrance

By Benjamin Rosenbaum

Dream Apart gives us demons and wedding jesters; betrothals and pogroms; mystical ascensions and accusations of murder; rabbi’s daughters running away to be actresses or bandits or boy soldiers; the sounds of the shofar ringing through cramped and muddy streets, of cannon fire, of the wolf’s footfalls in the snowy pine forest; asking “What do you do next?”

In Dream Apart you play a Jew of the shtetl, a little mostly-Jewish market town in the Eastern European countryside. In the cities, the industrial revolution has begun. Prussia, Russia and the Hapsburgs have devoured the small countries between them. Surrounded by an often hostile Christendom, by wild forests in which anything might creep, and by the invisible creatures of the Unseen World — angels, demons, ghosts, and dybbuks — the Jews of the shtetl try to outwit or outlast those who would do us harm. We feud and reconcile, bargain and gossip, celebrate and mourn, and snatch a little joy and love while we can. Life in the shtetl is sweet as raisin pastries and bitter as horseradish: may it be the Divine Will that it endures another season…

shtetl man

Dream Apart is a game of belonging outside belonging.

It is going to be released as a split book with Dream Askew. The Kickstarter will drop May 15.

You can download the current playtest kit here.