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Return to the world of Root with new factions, maps, and an alternative game deck!
Return to the world of Root with new factions, maps, and an alternative game deck!
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Root takes top tabletop award at SXSW, Cole goes to GDC

Posted by Cole Wehrle (Collaborator)

Hi everyone!

As you might have heard, Root won the Tabletop Game of the Year award at this year's SXSW! Patrick and I were in attendance and it was our honor to accept the award on behalf of the entire staff at Leder Games. Needless to say, this award would have been impossible without the support of our backers. We are incredibly grateful for your continued support.

With the festival over, Patrick is heading back to Saint Paul. I'll be hopping on a plane in about 20 minutes and heading to GDC in San Francisco. Tomorrow, I'll be giving a talk at 11:20am in Room 3005, West Hall. The talk is an exploration (and defense) king-making in conflict games. If you're interested and happen to be at GDC, I'd love to see you at the talk! In the past many of these talks are later posted on YouTube. We'll be sure to let you know if we get a link to the talk later.

Now, I'm pretty sure I've nearly run out of the free-wifi allotment at the Austin airport, so it's probably about time for me to wrap this update up. As always, if you have questions, the best place to send them is We will of course continue to be active in the comments section here on Kickstarter and in the various updates--but it may be a few days before you hear from me again.


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      Christopher Schaut on

      Cole - did your presentation about the defense of king-making ever get posted anywhere? I looked around and found the GDC entry about it and it seemed like it was getting recorded, but couldn't find a copy of the recording anywhere. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter either way.

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      Ken Dunstan on

      Wow! That’s awesome! Congrats!!

    3. Matt Trenton

      Congrats guys! its very much well deserved!!!

    4. Marc Campbell on

      @Calvin Gee
      Heavy Cardboard did a full teach and playthrough of the game a while back, it should still be on their YouTube channel.

    5. The High Frontier

      Congratulations to all of you!

    6. Calvin Gee


      noob quetion, but is there any good videos on how to play this game that thouroughly goes over everything!? i tried watching a few on utube, but none where super helpful. still a bit confused on how to play. thanks.

    7. Esben Heick on

      Love the picture of this update. The crew, in root meeples, shaking hands (recruit icon) and receiving the prize.


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      Randy4Games on

      Congrats on the well deserved award! Thanks for coming out to SXSW!

    9. Miguel Martinez on

      Congrats! Well deserved and such an amazing game.

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      John Kessler

      I'm already a backer... you dont have to sell me anymore... lol. Congratulations! From what I have seen it is well deserved and I cant wait to get my copy to try it out.

    11. SpiderHal on

      Completely deserved. One of our absolute favourites to play.

    12. Mike Tate on

      You got robbed on the Crowd Funding Award. You totally deserved both.