Root is a game of adventure and war in which 2 to 4 (6 with the
‘Riverfolk’ expansion) players battle for control of a vast wilderness.
The nefarious Marquise de Cat has seized the great woodland, intent on
harvesting its riches. Under her rule, the many creatures of the forest have
banded together. This Alliance will seek to strengthen its resources and subvert
the rule of Cats. In this effort, the Alliance may enlist the help of the
wandering Vagabonds who are able to move through the more dangerous woodland
paths. Though some may sympathize with the Alliance’s hopes and dreams, these
wanderers are old enough to remember the great birds of prey who once controlled
Meanwhile, at the edge of the region, the proud, squabbling Eyrie have found
a new commander who they hope will lead their faction to resume their ancient
birthright. The stage is set for a contest that will decide the fate of the
great woodland. It is up to the players to decide which group will ultimately
Root represents the next step in our development of the asymmetric design.
Like Vast: the Crystal Caverns, each player in Root has unique capabilities and
a different victory condition. Now, with the aid of gorgeous, multi-use cards, a
truly asymmetric design has never been more accessible.
The Cats play a game of engine building and logistics while attempting to
police the vast wilderness. By collecting Wood they are able to produce
workshops, lumber mills, and barracks. They win by building new buildings and
The Eyrie musters their hawks to take back the Woods. They must capture as
much territory as possible and build roosts before they collapse back into
The Alliance hides in the shadows, recruiting forces and hatching
conspiracies. They begin slowly and build towards a dramatic late-game
presence–but only if they can manage to keep the other players in check.
Meanwhile, the Vagabond plays all sides of the conflict for their own gain,
while hiding a mysterious quest. Explore the board, fight other factions, and
work towards achieving your hidden goal.
In Root, players drive the narrative, and the differences between each role
create an unparalleled level of interaction and replayability. Leder Games
invites you and your family to explore the fantastic world of Root!
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