Nny wrote:okeefe wrote:I've played a bit of Root for the last two years with friends at conventions, but the big reprint & newest expansion bundle arrived last month and I've been digging in, teaching friends, and playing it a bit.
I'm getting better at teaching Root, but it's at the upper end of what I'm comfortable with rules-wise for a board game. I love that's it's highly replayable.
I love Root. I've played many times and taught it just as many and i STILL feel like i learn something new about each faction every single time.
My group loved Root right up until we were all completely familiar with all the rules and knew each faction front-to-back. Then we found that it didn't quite hold up as pure strategic war game, which is fine because it has so much else going for it, the variety, the art design and theme, the joy of learning how all the different factions and maps interact etc.
I actually wish I had gotten the first expansion sooner. My group is pretty darn competitive, and when we find a strategy game we like we play it a LOT (we've probably played Terra Mystica 40 times over the past 3 years). I usually deliberately wait a while between expansions for such games so that we have time to really milk what we have for all it's worth, and in the case of Root that was a mistake.
We still like it, but after our last few games I don't think my friends are going to want to play it again. I have some other friends who might be interested in it though, so I might be able to start over and at least have fun showing it to new people even if the mystery of it isn't there for me anymore.