Root: The Tabletop Roleplaying Game

Created by Magpie Games

A tabletop roleplaying game based on the award-winning Root: A Game of Woodland Might and Right board game.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

September Check-in
6 days ago – Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 12:59:47 AM

Boisterous bunnies! It’s time for our September 2020 update on Root: The RPG!

Production Update: September

Everything is coming together as work continues on all the myriad pieces of the project! As mentioned previously, we’ve adopted a strategy of working on multiple elements at the same time, pushing them all forward. To that end, we have our Deck of Denizens in layout, and our Deck of Equipment is all but finished, ready for proofing!

The Deck features 35 different weapons, all fleshed out and ready to use, with interesting mixes of tags and abilities. It also has the weapon moves themselves put on cards for easy reference while you play!

We’ve also received revised production samples from our printer, ensuring that we’re satisfied with the quality of paper in things like the clearing booklet and the notepads. Our printer, Longpak, has been great to work with as we’ve been going through every item, making sure they conform to our desire for the best possible products!

Meanwhile, we’re working on the 4 different maps for the game—getting them set up to be useful for myriad campaigns—and we have some fantastic work from additional writers going on for the clearing booklet!

Work on the core book proceeds apace as we’re editing and honing the text—special thanks to our new copy editor, Kate Unrau! Stay tuned—we’re planning on sharing significant previews of text and mechanics with you next month while we get ready to send you a full PDF copy of the core book in the fall!

In general, our plan right now is to have everything printing by the end of the year, so we can start delivery towards the beginning of 2021. We know this is delayed from our initial timelines, and we appreciate your patience in waiting for the game. Believe us—we want to get this into your paws!

Changing Leaves Litter the Road

As always, thank you for your continued support, interest, and patience! We’ll have more to share with you, including new rules elements, next month. Until then, may the Woodland’s paths be kind to you!

August Check-in and Samples
about 1 month ago – Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 03:57:19 AM

Erroneous eagles! It’s time for our first-half-of-August 2020 update on Root: the RPG!

GenCon and Free RPG Day Overview

GenCon online happened just over a week ago, and it was a fantastic experience! Thank you to everyone who came to play in one of Magpie Games’s online events!

Mark Diaz Truman and I (Brendan Conway) did an interview with Simon Moody about Root: The RPG! We talk about a bunch of things ranging from design topics to the story of the project, so check it out here:

And then, Mark, Sarah Doombringer, Marissa Kelly, and I all played a 2-hour demo game of Root: The RPG! It was a great, fun game with a great cliffhanger ending! Check that out here:

Finally, the Free RPG Day booklet is still live in PDF form, and we have a few more copies if you want to get your hands on a physical booklet. You can find the PDF here for free:

And you can order your own copy of the physical booklet right here:

These are still limited in quantity—once we run out, we’re out, so make sure you nab yours if you want one to hold!

Production Update: August

We’re still pushing ahead on the text and final rules of the game! We’re refining playbooks, faction mechanics, equipment rules, and more, all focused on making the game and the core book as excellent as possible! We’ll share more about some of those changes and refinements in future updates.

We also received a whole bunch of white samples from our manufacturer, Longpack Games! We have a few things we’re going to check on for quality issues and to see if we can get a few other changes made, but on the whole we’re very happy with what they’ve shown us. The two hardcover books fit beautifully in the slipcase sample; the GM screen feels good and sturdy; and we were all impressed by the bag and how well it fit everything!

Here’s a picture of some of the pieces further along in development—the two notepads and the dice! We’re very pleased with how all these turned out, with only minor changes to bring them to their final version!

Trails To and Fro

We’re still hard at work making every single piece of this game as excellent as we can, and we really appreciate your ongoing support! Whenever we get in some new piece or sample or design that makes us all excited, we’re reminded of how awesome it is that you helped to fund such an incredible project! Thank you all again, and we’ll check back in about a month!

Free RPG Day Booklet Live Today!
about 2 months ago – Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 01:43:47 AM

Huzzah, denizens! The Free RPG Day booklet for Root: The RPG is going live in just a short time on our webstore and on DriveThruRPG now!

We have a limited quantity of copies in our warehouse, so if you want yours, make sure you put in your order when we go live at 1 pm EST! The booklet is free, and only our standard shipping rates apply. You can order your copy here:

And you can nab the PDF from DTRPG right here at no cost:

You can also still find it at your local participating game store, which you can look up here:

Thanks to everyone for your support! If you nab a copy, let us know what you think!

Free RPG Day News!
2 months ago – Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 10:49:00 PM

Coruscating cats! We’ve got some specifics to share regarding the Free RPG Day Root: The RPG Booklet!

Free RPG Day Booklet - Released July 25

Free RPG Day is July 25 this year! On July 25, you’ll be able to find the booklet for Root: The RPG Day in participating retailers! You can find participating retailers here:

Just like the name implies, the booklet is free to grab where you find it!

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re also aware that there are many who either cannot or would prefer not to go to their local game store—and we definitely want people to keep safe. So we’re going to make the same Free RPG Day booklet for Root: The RPG available from our webstore—for free! Only our standard shipping rates for the webstore will apply (and if you get more than just the Free RPG Day booklet, then you’ll still only pay the normal shipping for your whole cart)!

We only have a limited supply of copies of the Free RPG Day booklet in our warehouse, so if you’re interested, make sure you get yours early. You’ll be able to order them on July 30, at 1 pm EST.

We’ll also be making the Free RPG Day booklet available in PDF form on DriveThruRPG on July 30.

So if you want to nab your copy, be sure to check out which local game stores are participating retailers on July 25, or grab your copy from our Magpie Games webstore on July 30th!

July Check-In and Woodland Pads
3 months ago – Fri, Jul 03, 2020 at 01:37:20 AM

Hopscotching hawks! It’s time for our beginning-of-July 2020 update on Root: The RPG!

Backerkit Charging

After a slight delay while we sorted out some issues on the backend, we have processed charging for Backerkit. This should apply to all preorders and to all pledges. If you have any issues or concerns about the charging, please send us an email at 

We’re going to be in the office intermittently over the coming week, as it’s a holiday in America and we’re giving the staff a short break, but we’ll help you out ASAP.

Production Update: July

Tough news first: we have a better sense of how our current timelines are shaking out now, and how the coronavirus has impacted our schedule. As it stands, we are tentatively expecting delivery of all physical rewards towards Q1 2021, with PDF copies of game material available in Q4 2020. It’s not what we’d been hoping for, but we’re confident that it will still ensure we get you the best possible game, books, and paraphernalia.

With that said, we’re making progress on as many different components as we can. Our GM screen design is in layout and we’re getting samples of the cardboard to make sure they’re what we’re looking for. We’ve begun full design on the Deck of Equipment with the Deck of Denizens soon to follow. And, we’ve all but finalized the design of the Woodland Notepads, including the Clearing Notepad and the Campaign Notepad!

As we said in our last update, we determined that we’d be making the pages of these pads double-sided so we’d be able to provide you with a fuller set of notes to track important information. Now, we can give you an idea of what these pages will look like in their final version!

We’re very excited about how these have turned out and how useful they were in our playtests! There’s always going to be more information to track than what we could fit, but we’re confident that these play aids are going to be a huge boon at your table! We'll be providing a high resolution digital version of the same sheets later, once they're finalized.

Last but not least—stay tuned for more information about the Free RPG Day booklet soon! It has a pre-made clearing and some pre-made characters to get you playing an interesting scenario quickly and easily! We're excited to see what you all do with it!

Roads, Traveled More and Less

The work continues, and we’re all striving here to make a game you’re going to be thrilled to see on your shelves! As always, thanks so much for your support and patience, and we’ll check back in with you in August!