2018 ยท 2-4 Players ยท 60-90 Minutes
Root board game
Root board game

Find adventure in this marvelous asymmetric game. Root provides limitless replay value as you and your friends explore the unique factions all wanting to rule a fantastic forest kingdom. Play as the Marquise de Cat and dominate the woods, extracting its riches and policing its inhabitants, as the Woodland Alliance, gathering supporters and coordinate revolts against the ruling regime, the Eyrie Dynasties, regaining control of the woods while keeping your squabbling court at bay, or as the Vagabond, seeking fame and fortune as you forge alliances and rivalries with the other players. Each faction has its own play style and paths to victory, providing an immersive game experience you will want to play again and again.


BGA Commentary

During a car ride, designer Cole and his wife were listening to an audio book of T. H. White's The Once and Future King. When the Monarch of Moat delivered the following line to Arthur, it spawned a series of ideas creating the framework for Root, a game of Might and Right: "...There is only power. Power is of the individual mind, but the mind's power is not enough. Power of the body decides everything in the end, and only Might is Right."


Year Published2018
Number of Players 2-4
Playtime 60-90 Minutes
Minimum Age 10
Mechanics Action / Movement Programming, Action Queue, Area Control, Dice Rolling, Engine Building, Hand Management, Point to Point Movement, Race, Variable Player Powers
Categories Adventure, Animals, Asymmetric
Learning Complexity 3.82 / 5[Vote]
Strategy Complexity 3.64 / 5[Vote]
Official Site Official Website
Rule URL Official Rules
Wiki Contributors







Frequently Asked Questions

Who goes first?

According to the official rules, your group determines the starting player and seating order randomly (Rule 5.1.1). After the starting player finishes their turn, the next clockwise player begins their turn (Rule 1.5). A common house (unofficial) rule among fans is to have the Marquise (Cat) faction start the game especially at 4 or more player counts.

Is this a good 2-player game?

While some may still enjoy the 2-player gameplay (and I am one of them), it's not the ideal player count due to limited number of viable faction combinations. Every faction has an assigned "Reach Value" that represents the amount of influence they can have over the board state, and Leder Games recommends that the total Reach Value should equal or exceed the minimum indicated for the player count (see table below). For example, for 2-player gameplay using the base game, the only viable factions are Marquise and Eyrie.

If you want to have a fuller experience at a 2-player count, here are some options:

  • Get Root: The Clockwork Expansion - Adds simulated opponent(s). This also allows an option for cooperative play where you and a friend can team up against a bot on hard mode
  • Get Root: The Underworld Expansion - Adds another viable faction, the Underground Duchy (Moles)
  • Back Root: The Marauder Expansion on Kickstarter - Introduces two additional factions (Warlord and Stone Seekers) with high Reach Values. Adds "Hirelings" or minor factions on the board that you and your opponent can compete to influence

I have questions about the rules, what should I do?

Leder Games maintains a Google Doc with answers to the most common rules-related questions. If this doesn't help, you can try sharing your question through any of these channels:

I own a copy of the game but I've heard of balance updates, what should I do?

Leder Games has offered an update kit containing the minor changes to the boards. You can obtain this kit through one of their Kickstarters for a Root expansion, or print them for free and affix them yourself using this PDF.

How do I know which printing my copy is?

This is indicated on the back of the box right next to the barcode.

Is there a way to play this online?

If you want an experience that closely mimics in-person gameplay, then Tabletop Simulator has a mod that will allow you and your friends to enjoy Root in a 3D tabletop environment. Otherwise, I'd strongly recommend buying the official digital adaptation created by Dire Wolf Digital.

  • Available for purchase on Steam, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android
  • Modes available:
    • Tutorial
    • Local Play - Includes solo play and unique challenges against AI opponents
    • Online Play

Here's the official release trailer shared by Dire Wolf Digital back in August 18, 2020.