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Fight for the Forest in Root
Being on board since the first Kickstarter I received Root in 2018. I loved the artwork, and the idea of animals fighting to rule the forest. I didn't get to play it until 2020. Part of that is me being lazy, but a bigger part is me being terrified of learning and teaching this asymmetrical game.
They are the miscellaneous animals too small and too scattered to be a force… in the beginning.
Then, as others trample over these poor oppressed creatures’ territory they start to generate Outrage and begin thinking “enough is enough” and ambush in force and/or bring forward a few powerful warriors they can muster. They are the gorilla warfare faction in the game.
Agent easy wrote: They are the gorilla warfare faction in the game.
I thought you said they were small? (Sorry, couldn't resist).
I've been flirting with Root again after those early sessions with some of the other people on F:AT( in what i think must have been the before times! wow) thanks to the app. It is good.
I think my problem with the Woodland Alliance was I played too passively. I didn't want to be the first to start the war of the forest - puts a target on your back.
But really you want to start spreading your supporters whereever people are going to be. So that they give you more supporters!
I found the concept of everyone playing by a different ruleset a bit dis-unifying, like the three of us were sitting at different tables. It's sold as a big plus for the game, but I'm not sure it came without a price.
Am I the only person that feels this way? Maybe it's a first-play thing.
You don't look at one of the other players and think "this is what I'd do" in a game like this as much as you do in more symmetric titles.
The Vagabond is a great example. It is, technically, by far the most explosive and scary power in the initial four as the game gets later. But that isn't obvious. Among super experienced players people beat the shit out of the Vagabond every time there is an opportunity early, dropping everything to do so if they're in your clearing. But that isn't obvious unless you're good and also they're good so you know they'll be able to make it explode.