Having received ROOT for my birthday present, I anxiously anticipated the first occasion to play that very intriguing, asymmetric game. Is it really so innovative? Does each faction – as claimed in description – played differently? And what about replayability? Last weekend allowed me to gather initial experiences to start answer those questions.
Our other ROOT sessions: Playing solitaire ROOT using Mechanical Marquise Winter ROOT during winter season ROOT – yet once again playing with expansion ROOT – playing more with base game Even more ROOT!
Two-player game – a starter
Yes, first I managed to convince my wife to play ROOT as two-player game. That did not require too much convincing – she was also eager to verify that new product which entered our boardgames chronicle. She took the lead to Eyrie Dynasties while I was managing Marquise de Cat. Short AAR below:
The two-players game was fun – and pretty short indeed, only 35 minutes – but I had a feeling that the real beauty the game will show in full version.
Full four-player-game – the main course
Just when the weekend was nearly over, we traveled to Agnieszka and Kuba and spent a lovely evening familiarizing them with ROOT and then playing the game (after delicious spaghetti!). The set-up was as follows:
- Aga took over Marquise de Cat
- Magda was leading proud Eyrie Dynasties
- Kuba was trying to undermine the existing order in the forest by managing the Woodland Alliance
- And I was wandering through the clearings and forests with my Vagabond
Again, short Session report below:
Did ROOT met my expectations? Definitely, it was fun and the game is completely different then the others I have. The only one which somehow resembles it is… (I know, long shot!) the COIN Falling Sky! I need more plays to check other aspects of game, other factions and the expansion. But for now, it looks really promising!
PS. These were our first games and inevitably we were not able to avoid errors… Like 2 Roosts in one clearing. But we quickly corrected ourselves and in next plays it was ok 🙂