Dream Askew / Dream Apart


Queer strife amid the collapse / Jewish fantasy of the shtetl


Published by Buried Without Ceremony
Distributed by Deernicorn Distro


Dream Askew and Dream Apart are beginner-friendly roleplaying games of Belonging Outside Belonging created by Avery Alder and Benjamin Rosenbaum. They give you tools to tell a story about marginalized people living together in precarious community. The games use a no dice, no masters system that emphasizes collaboration, shared ownership, and character-driven play.  Published in duet, the book includes both games and a step-by-step guide to designing your own games of Belonging Outside Belonging. Build a community together, and then make trouble within it!

In Dream Askew, that community is a queer enclave enduring the collapse of civilization. Ruined buildings and wet tarps, nervous faces in the campfire glow, strange new psychic powers, fierce queer love, and turbulent skies above a fledgling community, asking “What do you do next?”

In Dream Apart, it’s a Jewish shtetl in a fantastical-historical Eastern Europe. Demons and wedding jesters; betrothals and pogroms; mystical ascensions and accusations of murder; 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?”


Components and Details

  • Full-colour book featuring art by Ezra Rose and Zev Chevat, in either softcover or dust-jacket hardcover format.
  • Includes PDF with purchase

Number of players: 3-6 players across 3-4 hours
Style: Belonging Outside Belonging. No GM. No dice.



Nominated 2019 Ennies Awards:
-Product of the Year
-Best Game
-Best Setting



Download the Dream Askew Playkit
Download the Dream Apart Playkit

Content Note
Dream Askew includes themes of violence, gangs, oppression, and queer sexuality.
Dream Apart includes themes of violence, war, oppression, and anti-Semitism.
When you play, your group can decide what to focus on and what to avoid, and tools are included to make that process easier (pages 11-14)

Additional information

Weight .8 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 × 3 in

Soft Cover, Hard Cover


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