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Root: The Roleplaying Game


War has returned to the woodland!

The Marquise de Cat led her armies to victory over many of the clearings, but the Eyrie Dynasties rise again to oppose her. Meanwhile, the mice, rabbits, and foxes of the Woodland do not sit idly by—the Woodland Alliance, a homegrown rebellion, has emerged, promising to free the Woodland from any oppressors.

In the midst of this war, you and your friends—vagabonds all—travel between the clearings, taking on jobs no one else can or will do. You choose whom you serve, if anyone...but everyone knows you may tip the balance of the War.

Root: The Roleplaying Game is the officially-licensed tabletop RPG based on the award-winning Root: A Game of Woodland Might and Right board game by Leder Games. In Root: The RPG, you play vagabonds, individual outlaws whose adventures and alliances define the Woodland forever.

Root: The RPG contains:

  • Nine unique playbooks, each built to help you create a vagabond whose exploits will echo in the Woodland for generations to come.
  • Easy-to-follow rules for all manner of fantasy adventure, including roguish feats, reputation and travel mechanics, and more. 
  • Innovative mechanics for managing equipment, weapons, and combat that make your choices matter both tactically and narratively.
  • Detailed instructions for running Root: The RPG—crafting combats, managing factions, and more—alongside a full clearing, Gelilah’s Grove.

Root: The RPG is a fantasy adventure tabletop roleplaying game for three to six players of woodland creatures fighting for money, justice, and freedom from powers far greater than them. Fame and glory await!

3-6 players | 2-4 hour sessions | Rated Everyone | Powered By the Apocalypse | 

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David G March 11, 2023 1:18 pm UTC
Feels shockingly incomplete, which is disappointing given Magpie's reputation.

The value/wear and reputation economies are fundamental parts of the game with lots of specific costs and thresholds, yet the book doesn't seem to have any GM advice on how much to give out! There's a seven-table quest generator but it doesn't list any numerical rewards.

Likewise, there's a playbook focused on finding and exploring ruins yet no advice on how to create and run them. Everything else revolves around factions and clearings.

I checked some discussion threads and learned there IS a reputation reward table...but only if you pay another $25 plus shipping for the GM screen. Why is that not in the book?
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Matt B July 14, 2022 4:45 am UTC
Other than the fact that they looked at the phrase "why use many word when few word do trick" and decided to go the complete opposite direction of that, this is a REALLY great game even if it is unnecessarily wordy.

It's a ton of fun, with lots of nitty gritty rules for longer running campaigns, but still sits in a good place of action & adventure that works really well for short campaigns.

You can run this as kid friendly, the book fully supports it, but it also supports more violent adult games. The juxtaposition the players being a fluffy forest creatures interacting with other cute and cuddly forest creatures and then the next thing you know you're trying to hide a body on a roof top... and maybe setting it on fire for good measure, just makes a for a really fun RPG.
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Nick P February 28, 2022 9:57 pm UTC
For the printer-friendly play materials, under Reputation Moves, "Sway an NPC" is misaligned at the bottom left of the page instead of next to the move where it should be.
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Nick P March 05, 2022 6:07 pm UTC
Looks like this was fixed on the 1st.
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Erik W December 16, 2021 10:36 pm UTC
How does the full game differ from the quickstart?

A preview would be nice :)
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Scott L March 29, 2022 5:21 pm UTC
It's basically just more fleshed out and in-depth. The quickstart is essentially the "preview" of the full rules :)
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Erik W March 29, 2022 6:27 pm UTC
Thank you!
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This title was added to our catalog on December 15, 2021.