So unlike other schools I've been lucky to be in a school that has been in person all year... and we finally have spring break this week. So I decided to jump back on and do a little TTS gaming. I haven't played on TTS in about a year at this point. I was lucky enough to get a 4 player game of #Root last night.
We played with the Lord of the Hundreds, The Riverfolk, The Lizard Cult, and the Underground Duchy (me).
I started strong creating a well guarded financial empire. I was able to sway the Banker minister right away and cash in a lot of cards purchased from the Riverfolk for some sweet sweet points... but then, at the hands of the Warlord... financial ruin. My economic machine was drastically slowed down. I had a quick burst of economic prosperity toward the end of the game, but it was too little too late.
Honestly, none of the players really understood how the Lord of the Hundreds played (except the guy who played them), and so it was kind of his game to lose. Because of my economic boom I didn't do enough to police the Warlord which ended up bad for everyone. It was a tight race... Warlord 30, Duchy and Riverfolk 26, Lizard Cult 25.
I had one major takeaway from the play that I think will guide my plays in the future. I'm going to focus first and foremost on the story my plays of Root tell over just winning. I think if I had focused on the story of the game and trying to undermind the Warlord someone else could have taken the lead but I also would not have backed myself into a one strategy corner.
I also think this is the first time I've played a game of Root with no base factions.