Delve into a world of woodland creatures fighting for money, justice, and freedom, as Magpie Games releases a free quickstart book for Root: The Role Playing Game.

In Root, you play vagabonds, outcasts from the normal society of the woodlands who have come to live in the spaces between, whether that’s in the forests themselves or on the fringes of society. You are competent and skilled—you have to be to survive as vagabonds—and you aren’t tied down to any particular place or faction. You might be a badger arbiter, serving many sides in resolving conflicts and defending their interests. You might be a cat scoundrel, sliding on your mask before you sneak out into the darkness to cause mischief and mayhem. You might be a wolf ranger, at home in the wilds and the untamed places of the woodland. 

Root is based on the Powered by the Apocalypse system used by tabletop RPGs like Apocalypse WorldDungeon World, and many of Magpie Games’s own games like Masks: A New Generation, Urban Shadows, and Zombie World. It uses the core framework of that system and provides a strong, simple way to tell your own stories of adventure in the woodland. You’ll create a character using one of several vagabond archetypes, and then you’ll take action, rolling two six-sided dice to resolve the outcomes of desperate situations.

Players will travel from clearing to clearing, where will take on jobs and missions from diverse sources, and in so doing you will reshape the Woodland as you change the course of the war between those who would rule it.

The game has a set of moves, bits of mechanics that by and large say: “When you do [x], [y] happens.” Each move trigger—the “When you do [x]” part—is designed to help point at moments of uncertainty when neither the players nor the GM know exactly what happens next. Some examples of such moments include:

Root: The Role Playing Game was successfully funded on Kickstarter last October and is set for a wider release this September. It has been designed by Brendan Conway and Mark Diaz Truman, alongside publishers Leder Games and Magpie Games.

To grab your free copy of the Root: The Role Playing Game Quickstart Guide, visit DriveThru RPG website.

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