Frequently Asked Questions

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Root Availability FAQ

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Root Upgrade Kit
Root Second Expansion
Vast: The Mysterious Manor
Vast: The Crystal Caverns

General Help

How do I contact you?

Please use the contact form or directly mail We are happy to help and Caryl is way better at it than I am.

I emailed you (3 days/4 hours/several minutes ago), I’m going to contact you another way.

There are only 1.5 of us working customer service at Leder Games. One of those people is Patrick Leder who is also working on delivering the products. By contacting me another way you are slowing down the proper path to responding and creating an exception we have to deal with. Please don’t do that and be patient.


I have rules questions about Root!

We made a viewable Google Doc answering some of the most common rules questions we’ve received about Root that you can view here. We will be updating this document from time to time. If your question is not answered below, feel free to email us at!

How do I get the Kickstarter Exclusives?

Everything from the Kickstarter is included in the Root expansion, Root: The Riverfolk, except the double sided board. The double sided board is in the core set. Not many Root: The Riverfolk were made, but we will be ordering a reprint soon. When we reprint the expansion we will probably cut the number of card holders down to 1. This won’t impact game play and they were very expensive to make.

I missed the Kickstarter and the pre-order. What should I do?

In all situations more Root and Root Expansions have been ordered. We are taking distributor orders now for the second print run.

  • US – We are sold out on our webstore until our next printing. All US distributors have already been sent their orders. If your store hasn’t gotten Root yet, please contact them on when they can expect it from their distributors.
  • Canada – We are sold out on our webstore until our next printing. Our pre-orders are delayed due to pick up cancellations from poor weather and have yet to be picked up to send to one more Canadian distributor as well as our Canadian fulfillment company.
  • Asia – We are currently looking into fulfillment companies that can ship for us to Asia on a more permanent and reliable basis.
  • Australia – We are currently looking into fulfillment companies that can ship for us to Australia on a more permanent and reliable basis.
  • EU -We are sold out on our webstore until our next printing. All EU distributors have already been sent their orders. If your store hasn’t gotten Root yet, please contact them on when they can expect it from their distributors.

I own Root but now I hear about new balance changes/a second edition! What do I do!?

The new “tourney” rules we are implementing for more “balanced” experiences with the factions of Root are very slight and can already be implemented in your current games. For details on Cole’s diary and the exact changes, it can be viewed at the BGG thread here. This is not a second edition of the game.

We will also run a new Kickstarter campaign on March 14th, 2019 to fund a new Root expansion as well as a physical upgrade pack for early adopters of Root. The upgrade kit will contain an updated rulebook as well as all new player boards printed on new material and contain the new balance changes.

Is there a way to implement the balance changes now?

Yes! You can print this pdf at home and affix the changes to your player boards.

My expansion does not include 6 card holders. What should I do?

The first printing Riverfolk expansion only comes with 5 card holders. The Riverfolk don’t need one as they play with their hand open.

Second printings and onward will only contain 1 card holder now as they were too expensive to make and ship.

Root Second Expansion

What will the campaign be?

The Second Root expansion will include the following:

Two new factions:

The Crows – Espionage masters, they will have a smaller presence on the board. They score points by manipulating the other player’s hands.

The Moles – An ancient kingdom ascending to the surface. The Moles like the Cats, Birds, and Lizards will be about putting large amounts of Warriors on the map, while controlling clearings.

Two New Maps:

The Mountain Pass Map – Battle for control of a couple of mountain passes.

The Lakeside Map – Battle around a lake.

A new rulebook – We want to keep the rules current as each faction arrives so we will just reprint the whole rule book.

A learn to play – For the Moles and Crows.

We are looking at some exciting extras and addons too.

How much will all of this be?

Probably 50 dollars but we are still pricing it.

What if I still don’t have Root or Root: The Riverfolk Expansion?

You will be able to purchase them as an addon in this campaign and we will make sure you can get one, though it will ship when the second expansion ships?

I want to test or at least review the materials before buying, where can I do that?

I am working on them here. In the future I will make sure the rules and the pieces have version numbers. These are being developed live so I would be careful about playing with mismatched rules and pieces.

When will the campaign launch?

March 14, 2019!

Is Cole involved in this?

Patrick had the idea for the expansion factions and worked on those while Cole and Nick were wrapping up Vast: TMM. Cole has been involved in the testing and the planning for the expansion and we are moving forward with his complete support. Cole works in the same room as Patrick and they discuss it frequently. Nick will be taking over development as we move forward and will be working with Cole.

Will there be a bigger box?

We are pricing out a large box. We are aware other companies have done it and we are working our way to the same sales volume of those companies. We have to be able to produce enough that we can get them for a low price and I just don’t see the demand for a bigger box being that high. Also shipping on a bigger box is pure volume which is expensive.

What does pricing mean?

It means I am looking into the price of the item in question and I haven’t decided if I will include it yet or not. I have to be able to make a small profit on extras so I can keep myself and my employees, well employed.

Vast: The Mysterious Manor

When are the Manor Pledge Levels shipping?

These have already been fulfilled as of late last year. If you are a Manor pledge level backer, please contact us at

I missed the Kickstarter? Is there a late pledge?

You can go to here on backerkit and pledge as if you were a backer. You will not miss a thing there is nothing exclusive in the Kickstarter. This is your last chance to get the expansion for free. We will be closing pre-orders a couple of months before we anticipate fulfillment so we can lock numbers.

Vast: The Crystal Caverns

How can I get the game? Miniatures? Addons?

Copies were sent into distribution. You might find one at a store. You can also use our site. Leder Games Store

What is the difference between the first printing? What’s the second printing like?

We only printed one version of the game. The second (and third printing) have some rule clarifications and the first printing had a cool black sleeve for Kickstarter backers.  The content is the same otherwise. We are not currently shipping first editions. If you find a game in a store it is very likely second or third printing. First printing of the games went to backers and were sold directly at Gen Con.

You have a second (or third) printing if there are reviewer endorsements on the back or if your treasure meeples are not yellow. Some of the rules were simplified and more examples will put into the rules.