Currently, there are four published factions that will gain Automated support with the release of The Clockwork Expansion 2. Automated factions for the Lizard Cult, Riverfolk Company, Corvid Conspiracy, and the Underground Duchy have all been in development for over a year.
Root's Marauder expansion is the first addition to the game that offers a new system to the game's core design. Even typing that sentence makes me nervous. A game of Root can be overwhelming enough—why on earth should we add more to it!?
After designing the Warlord and moving it into testing, I started working on my ideas for the Badgers. I wanted two things: a faction that was hard to kill and a faction that was slow to act.
Back in October or so while I was struggling with Void Lich, Cole proposed to me that we trade projects. I would take a swing at the new Root project, like I had with Underworld, and he would try a new approach for Void Lich. I was a bit surprised as I knew he had come out of Underworld with a few ideas for major factions that he hadn’t had time to explore yet. But, I was happy to take a break from Void Lich and return to Root.
As with previous Kickstarter campaigns, we'll be posting a bunch of little articles about the design and development of the new content. This is always one of my favorite parts of the process, because it forces us to take an account of what we're up to. What exactly was going through our heads when we made that decision? Why on earth did we think that we should put that thing in a box and call it an expansion?
Return to the world of Root with The Underworld Expansion. Tunnel through the land as The Great Underground Duchy. Infiltrate the hands of your opponents with the Corvid Conspiracy. And, with two additional maps, new and experienced players have never had so many ways to explore Root!
Over the past two months, I’ve had a lot of folks ask me to continue writing designer diaries on the game so that they could keep up with development. This was always a tricky proposition for me, because, for one thing, most of the changes were small and I didn’t know if everyone would want to read a thousand words on why I changed a +1 to a +2. All the same, I enjoy writing these posts.
Find adventure in a marvelous asymmetric game. Root the board game provides limitless replay value as you and your friends explore the unique factions that want to rule a fantastic forest kingdom.