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:

Free RPG Day Booklet Live Today!
7 days 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: https://www.magpiegames.com/product/frpgd-pellenicky-glade-quickstart/

And you can nab the PDF from DTRPG right here at no cost: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/318429/Root-The-Pellenicky-Glade-Quickstart

You can also still find it at your local participating game store, which you can look up here: https://www.freerpgday.com/gamers/

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

Free RPG Day News!
21 days 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: https://www.freerpgday.com/gamers/

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
about 1 month 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 info@magpiegames.com. 

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!

Backerkit Charging Soon! Plus Changes, Tweaks, and Progress
about 2 months ago – Tue, Jun 09, 2020 at 11:16:27 PM

Funambulating foxes! It’s time for our beginning of June 2020 update on Root: The RPG!

Backerkit Charging

We’re going to officially charge the Backerkit in two weeks, on June 22nd. You don’t have to do anything here—orders are placed and locked. We just want to keep you informed and aware. If you have any questions here, please drop us a line at info@magpiegames.com

Covid-19 Effects on Production: June

We don’t have much to update on here—we’re still working with our production partners to keep on top of manufacturing as best we can at this point, and we’re hoping that the effects and delays will be relatively minor, in the scheme of things. We’re still keeping safe, we hope you’re all keeping safe, and we’ll let you know once we have a more concrete sense of the effects.

Production Update: Beginning of June

As mentioned in the last update, we’re tackling Root: The RPG on many fronts at once, so we have a few interesting updates across the board!

Firstly, our book and rules development continues apace. We’re tweaking things as we stress test multiple systems—in particular, we’re in the process of taking a hard look at the Exhaustion/Nature cycle, to make sure that PCs have enough Exhaustion to be effective, but not so much that they can’t get themselves into trouble or avoid using their Natures.

That said, we can confirm one element of rules development that we are going to engage with moving forward—The Ronin!

The Ronin is an extra vagabond that the awesome folks at Leder Games added to the Root: Underworld expansion, along with the Harrier and the Adventurer. At the time of the original Root: The RPG Kickstarter, the Ronin hadn’t yet been released, so it wasn’t included in the spec for the book. But now, we can officially say, we’ll be creating a playbook for the Ronin, to be included in the Root: The RPG Core Book! 

Next—our awesome layout team has come up with a design for our dicebox and the dice themselves! Miguel Angel Espinoza, our layout artist, and Marissa Kelly, our art director, worked together with our partners at Longpak to design awesome dice we think you’re going to love! Here’s a mock-up of what they’ll look like, and as soon as we have physical production samples we’ll show them off!

And finally—we’ve been developing the two notepads, the Campaign Notepad and the Clearing Notepad. The idea here was always to provide useful tracking sheets for GMs to note down important NPCs, important facets of the clearings and the Woodland at large, and important events that occur both during play and in between sessions as time passes. We were also originally planning on trying to do this on single-sided sheets—our theory being that it would be more useful to not have to flip over the sheet to access all sides during play.

After testing initial versions, we’ve decided to instead do double-sided sheets for both the Campaign Notepad and the Clearing Notepad. While this does mean that you may have to flip them during the session, it gives us so much more space to make sure you can record useful information without the page being overly crammed. So every sheet in both notepads will now be upgraded to have information on both sides!

Paths to be Tread!

Everything is proceeding apace, and we’re excited to keep showing off more and more awesome stuff to you. Thank you as always for being an awesome, supportive, and interested group of backers! Until next time, friends!

Playtesting and Component Development
3 months ago – Tue, May 12, 2020 at 02:24:10 PM

Bilious bluejays! It’s time for our end of April/beginning of May 2020 update on Root: The RPG!

We’re going to talk a bit about where things stand with regard to lockdown and Covid-19, what we’ve been working on, and what we’re planning moving forward.

Backerkit

Just a quick update on this—the Backerkit is closed, but some of you have noticed that you haven’t yet been charged. We usually hold off on charging everything until much closer to the actual shipping date, so we’ll be alerting you when that happens. Nothing is wrong and everything’s all good—just stay tuned! If you have any questions, please drop us a line at info@magpiegames.com.

Covid-19 Effects on Production: April/May

First and most importantly, we’re all keeping safe in lockdown here, and we hope all of you are doing the same!

The biggest effect that the coronavirus has had on our production mostly has to do with our timelines with our production partners. They’re in varying states of openness; some are operating at full, some are at partial effectiveness, and some are still closed. We’re keeping in touch with everyone and exploring all our options to stay on top of it, but the bottom line is that the situation is what it is, and we’d rather everyone do what they need to do to keep safe.

Our Free RPG Day booklet for Root: The RPG, for example, has been delayed, but we’re still planning on trying to have it for the rescheduled Free RPG Day on July 25—and it will be available for digital download some time after that.

With that said, though, we’re still able to do quite a bit of work!

Production Update: End of April/Beginning of May

Our team is tackling Root: The RPG in varied chunks. Some of us are working directly on the game and the books; some of us are working on the myriad additional components; and all of us are participating in playtests to try everything out!

Our layout designer, Miguel Angel Espinoza, has been hard at work on some of the supplemental materials, including the dice and the notepads. You’re going to like the look of the dice, but we’re going to hold off on sharing pictures and samples until we go through some more approvals first. The notepads similarly have a playtest-ready version that we’re using internally, but we’re going to hold off on sharing them until we’ve had some time to really put them through their paces.

The next big visual design element is the GM’s screen, and we’re excited to put that together!

In terms of the game, we’re internally playtesting some of the new playbooks along with those designed elements. We’re going to put the game through its paces to really hone it, especially so we can get a good picture of what questions we need to answer, what advice we need to provide, and what guidance we need to write for you to run the game well at home!

Finally, here’s a nice little tidbit of something to keep you excited…one of the art pieces that the inestimable Kyle Ferrin illustrated for one of the new vagabonds—the Pirate! 

Trails to be Blazed!

As always, we’re deeply appreciate to have such an awesome and interested group of backers. We love that you’re playing the game so much with whatever materials you have available, and we can’t wait to give you more and more content to toy with! Stay tuned for more information, and until next time—keep being safe and keep being awesome!