Favorite Faction

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Well here goes.  Trying my first game specific post.  So... what's your favorite Root Faction (including the Riverfolk Expansion)?

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13 months ago

Vagabond is my favorite. Options for the type of vagabond you want to be. You can sometimes go unnoticed as everyone else watches the "major players". My favorite Root moment was slipping into a clearing that was full of cats and birds ready to have a knife fight and I just said, "Don't worry about me guys, I'm just hear to fix the shed". Then I did my quest to fix the shed and almost got a victory right there.

Now they watch me a lot closer.

Supporter13 months ago

Nice.  I've actually found it's a good teaching faction.  In the sense that it's relatively easy for new players and they can see how other factions work without having to deal too directly with trying to stop them.  If that makes sense?

13 months ago

For sure. I love just staying on the outskirts, trying to make deals with other players and generally doing my own thing. You can play it very laid back.

Supporter13 months ago

I guess I should have shared mine at first.  I really really want to play with the Otters.  I really liked the Eyrie at first and still do but I think right now the Lizards are my favorite.  They have high complexity which I love.  But I also love the idea of being the Otters and talking my way into a victory.

Supporter13 months ago

"Talking my way into a victory" is one of my weaknesses/least favorite roles haha. I like WA because I'm more of a quietly scheme away and unleash my trap kind of guy. I also enjoy that just by placing sympathy on the map, I get to play mind games with everyone and affect their strategy.

Supporter13 months ago

Yes!  Another strength of the asymmetry of Root.  You can play factions that align with your personality.  

Supporter13 months ago

Do you actually need to have played Root to answer this question? Because I haven’t, but I think the Vagabond sounds cool. 

Supporter12 months ago

My question too lol. They all sounds really fun though

Supporter13 months ago

I don't see why not? haha

Just curious but what about the Vagabond attracted you? From what I've seen the Vagabond offers a bit too much freedom than what I can handle lol. Everyone's just duking it out and the Vagabond will just be like "don't mind me, just here to collect some treasure". The Vagabond is also able to take sides with other factions to push its own interests, and that kind of decision-making isn't intuitive for me (or at least, I'm not experienced with it)

Supporter13 months ago

I'm going to mirror Brian a bit (again).  One thing that looks interesting about the Vagabond is that it's kind of like playing a mini RPG or Zelda style game within Root.

Supporter13 months ago

That seems like a great description for the Vagabond, at least based on my first impressions :)

Supporter13 months ago

That’s part of what it made the Vagabond stand out. They kind of just do their own thing.  Never having actually played the game I couldn’t tell you what faction I might end up liking the most. But Vagabond sounded really unique in an already unique game. 

Supporter13 months ago

I'd say yes.  Maybe I'd put it in the most anticipated category.  I haven't had the chance to play as the Vagabound yet but it looks like a lot of fun.

13 months ago

Having only played once and seen the Eyrie, WA (not to be confused with the state), and kitty cats in action, I think I'm most interested in trying the Vagabond. I played as the Eyrie and really enjoyed them (even if I did have to go through all the leaders because apparently I can't plan ahead), but I think the Vagabond sounds super neat. Really, I'd love to try all the factions. Here's hoping I can get more games played soon haha

Supporter13 months ago

Totally.  I actually liked playing the Cats the one time I played them even though I think they are sometimes seen as a throw away necessary faction.  I am excited for the Root: The Underworld Expansion to see how the moles play because I hear they can basically replace the Cats.  Man I haven't played this game in a while and all this talking is getting my hyped to get it to the table again.

13 months ago

The game has been sitting beside me on my corner stand for over a month, constantly reminding me that I'm still desperate to play it again haha Do you know if there is a solo variant for Root?

Supporter13 months ago

I hope this works.  I found it in DropBox

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lzjpik8gn0rv80c/AACTVwa-NN3efF5TkVWpgphva?dl=0

13 months ago

Sweet! I'm going to have to do some printing and give this a spin. Hopefully it'll get me playing it more haha Thanks so much!

Supporter13 months ago

It definitely takes a bit to learn it correctly.  I'd recommend looking up at least one even basic tutorial on YouTube.  I think even watching how the Mechanical Marquise works helps understand all the solo factions.  I also think people use them for a 2 player game.  I don't recommend Root 2 players at all.  I may do 2 players when I play with my daughter when she gets older.

13 months ago

Yeah, I could see how two-player Root wouldn't be so great. These bots will be doubly nice since I generally just play with my wife anyway. I downloaded the files and am ready to play! Now I just need some time to learn the automata and play!

Supporter13 months ago

Let me see if I can find the link but they do have "Bots" for all of the factions I believe.  I know it could be added with the last Kickstarter but I just elected to print it out on cardstock and save some cash.

Supporter13 months ago

I like the Eyrie the best. I like how I get to solve puzzles basically when I play as them. It’s fun to try and optimize my gameplan to run as many times as possible before it falls apart.

Supporter13 months ago

You also have to really plan out your bird cards well as they will decimate you if you go into turmoil.

Supporter13 months ago

They are a lot of fun.  You really have to think ahead.  I like the challenge of playing with them against other Root veterans because they really know how to try and mess up your plans which makes it much harder.

Supporter13 months ago

I haven't played with the expansions at all so I can't comment on the other factions (would love to play with them some day though!)

From the base game I'd say that my current favorite is the Woodland Alliance. I like their unique flow of being able to ramp up their map presence in just a few turns in return for having little power in the beginning.

Supporter13 months ago

Nice!  Like Brian before I played the WA was my most anticipated.  Interestingly it has been my least favorite to play with so far (although I've only played them once).  This is one of the things I love about Root, you have to play it so many times to get it all.

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