Rosenstrasse

by Moyra Turkington and Jessica Hammer

1933: Berlin, Germany

Winter has come to Germany and the winds are changing. As the Nazi party rises to power lines are drawn in the sand to separate who is German and who is not. This line runs straight through families where Jewish men are bound in love and marriage to Aryan women. Over the next ten years new racial policies, restrictions, and pogroms will strip away liberty, security, and dignity. Though they are sheltered for a while by their marriages, these men will not escape. When they are finally seized for deportation, the women in their lives, as citizens, will have one last chance to keep them alive. To do so, they must stand up and defy the Third Reich in civil disobedience.

In the very heart of darkness, is such resistance even possible?

Rosenstrasse is a tabletop freeform scenario with a strongly defined historical story weaving the lives of four pairs of men and women bound by love under the tightening chokehold of Nazi Germany. Players will work through two characters to deeply explore two of these relationships as the clock ticks towards WWII and the Final Solution. Ideologies will be challenged, marriages tested, personal losses will be grave, and they will have to hold tightly together to see it through. The stories of these eight people will converge in a historic moment of terrifying civic defiance.

Facts

Duration: 4-5 hours.

No. of players: 4 players and 1 GM.

Tags: Historical WWII Drama, the power of love and the necessity of resistance.

Player type: You are keen to play tense, tight, serious scenarios that put you under strain and pressure. You like your characters to feel like real people and deeply invest in their relationships with others and the world they live in. You can enjoy experiencing the game through two characters at the same time.

GM type: You are comfortable with bringing very serious content to life. You prefer to run scenarios that provide a plan for the story so that you can concentrate on calibrating the tone and mood for the players.

About the authors:

This is Mo’s third scenario in the wonder that is Fastaval. She stayed home in Canada last year which made her maudlin and cranky craving toast and the company of Danes.

Jessica is new to Fastaval, and hails from Pittsburgh, PA, USA. This scenario cuts very close to the bone – she writes it memory of her grandmother, Helen Hammer, who survived the Warsaw Ghetto, Plashow, and Auschwitz.

Language: English & Danish (players only)

Age: 15+