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Root

Players: 2 – 4 players | Game Duration 60 – 90 mins |
Min. Age 13+ | Game complexity: EASY Genre: Animals, Fantasy, War
Solo game mode: No | Co-op: No |
Online Version: No

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What is Root about?

Root is a board game designed by Cole Wehrle and published by Leder Games. It was first released in 2018 and has gained immense popularity among the gaming community since then. The game is set in a woodland kingdom where different factions are fighting for control, each with their own unique abilities and goals.

How to Play

Now, let’s talk about gameplay. The game requires 2 to 4 players and can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Each player takes on the role of a faction and must use their abilities and resources to gain control of the forest. The game has a lot of depth and strategy, making it perfect for players who enjoy a challenge. But don’t worry, even if you’re new to strategic games, I assure you Root is still enjoyable and easy to pick up.

One of the most interesting aspects of Root is the asymmetrical gameplay. Each faction has its own set of rules, goals, and abilities, making every game unique. Whether you choose to play as the sneaky Marquise de Cat or the rebellious Woodland Alliance, each faction offers a different experience. This adds a lot of replay value to the game, making it never feel repetitive.

Now, let’s talk about game mechanics. The game uses a combination of card-driven and area control mechanisms which keeps things interesting and unpredictable. The actions you take in the game will have consequences that affect not only your faction but also other players. This creates an intense and constantly changing dynamic throughout the game, keeping all players engaged until the very end.

Root is definitely a game that requires strategic thinking and planning ahead, but don’t let that intimidate you. The game also has a fun and lighthearted side to it. The illustrations and artwork are adorable and add a whimsical feel to the gameplay. Plus, there’s always room for some good-natured banter and friendly competition among friends.

Who Can Play

So, who is the ideal audience for Root? I would say anyone who enjoys a good strategy game with a bit of fun and quirkiness mixed in. It’s also perfect for groups of friends who love to play games together as it can accommodate up to four players. And let’s not forget, the cute animal characters are sure to capture the hearts of anyone who loves cute and cuddly things.

What Makes It Fun

Root is a highly engaging and strategic game that offers a unique and enjoyable experience for all players. The blend of asymmetrical gameplay, charming artwork, and tense decision-making makes it a must-try for any board game enthusiast. 

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Awards Won by Root

2020 Gra Roku Advanced Game of the Year Nominee
2020 As d’Or – Jeu de l’Année Expert Nominee
2019 UK Games Expo Best Board Game (Strategic Style) People’s Choice Winner
2019 UK Games Expo Best Board Game (Strategic Style) Judges Award Winner
2019 Tric Trac Nominee
2019 SXSW Tabletop Game of the Year Winner
2019 SXSW Best Crowdfunded Game of the Year Nominee
2019 Scelto dai Goblin Winner
2019 Origins Awards Best Board Game Nominee
2019 Juego del Año Recommended
2019 Jogo do Ano Winner
2019 Jogo do Ano Nominee
2019 International Gamers Award – General Strategy: Multi-player Winner
2019 International Gamers Award – General Strategy: Multi-player Nominee
2019 Goblin Magnifico Winner
2019 Goblin Magnifico Nominee
2019 Dragon Awards Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game Nominee
2018 The Golden Elephant Award Finalist
2018 Meeples’ Choice Nominee
2018 Golden Geek Most Innovative Board Game Winner
2018 Golden Geek Most Innovative Board Game Nominee
2018 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Winner
2018 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Nominee
2018 Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Winner
2018 Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Nominee
2018 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Nominee
2018 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork & Presentation Winner
2018 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork & Presentation Nominee
2018 Cardboard Republic Striker Laurel Winner
2018 Cardboard Republic Striker Laurel Nominee
2018 Board Game Quest Awards Game of the Year Winner
2018 Board Game Quest Awards Game of the Year Nominee
2018 Board Game Quest Awards Best Tactical/Combat Game Nominee
2018 Board Game Quest Awards Best Game from a Small Publisher Nominee


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