Reading Rulebooks

Reading Rulebooks Episode Eleven – Scythe

This week we are going to cover the rules for Scythe. Scythe is a game designed by Jamey Stegmaier and is illustrated by Jakub Rozalski. The game is published by Stonemaier Games. Expansions include Scythe: Encounters (2018), Scythe: Rise of Fenris (2018), Scythe: The Wind Gambit (2017), and Scythe: Invaders from Afar (2016).

Deep Dives

Lizard Cult Guide

Ah, my dear lizard cult. These little weirdos are a beloved faction with a lot of losses under their belts. The lizard cult has an opaque scoring system which tends to have them behind on victory point track. We have seen a lot more flexibility for the lizard cult with the introduction of Advanced Setup or AdSet (the new setup cards that were included in the Marauders Expansion). This flexibility gives the lizards a lot more room to operate and become the true cult they were destined to be.

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Reading Rulebooks Episode Ten – Age of Steam

This week we are going to cover the rules for Age of Steam. Age of Steam is a game designed by Martin Wallace and is illustrated by Ian O’Toole, Sean Brown, Peter Dennis, and Paul Niemeyer. The game is published by Warfrog Games. There are over 125 Expansions. All expansions are maps which can be integrated into the base game.

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Reading Rulebooks Episode Nine – Terraforming Mars

This week we are going to cover the rules for Terraforming Mars. Terraforming Mars is a game designed by Jacob Fryxelius and is illustrated by Isaac Fryxelius. The game is published by FryxGames. Expansions include Terraforming Mars: Turmoil (2019), Terraforming Mars: Colonies (2018), Terraforming Mars: Prelude (2018), Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium (2017), and Terraforming Mars: Venus Next (2017).

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Reading Rulebooks Episode Eight – Bullet ♡

This week we are going to cover the rules for Bullet ♡. Bullet ♡ is a game designed by Joshua Van Laningham and is illustrated by Collateral Damage Studios, Sebastian Koziner, Usanekorin, and Davy Wagnarok. The game is published by Level 99 Games.

Written Reviews


I’m not going to lie. I only recently played Carcassonne for the first time, and I found it to be remarkably interesting. The only reason I was able to try it was because one of my coworkers lent me their copy. I was both impressed and underwhelmed by Carcassonne. And I know that is not going to be a popular opinion. The game was fun, had interesting core mechanics, and was something I outgrew a while ago. That isn’t saying it’s not a great game. I just was introduced to Carcassonne a little late in my board game journey.

Game, Written Reviews

Key to the Kingdom

Okay, this is a bit of a throwback game for me. Key to the Kingdom was one of my go to games in my childhood. It really shaped some of my tastes growing up. At its heart, Key to the Kingdom is a DM-less RPG disguised as a roll to move board game. I was honestly shocked to come across a copy at the local board game flea market and I couldn’t have been happier to find it!! It takes you through a fantasy world where there are challenges galore leading up to a dungeon where monsters await you. One of the most interesting things about Key to the Kingdom is that it is a competitive game. You are racing against the other players to gather the right treasures and claim the throne of the Kingdom.

Game, Written Reviews


Calico is a competitive tile laying game about creating your own personalized quilt to attract cats to snuggle into your blanket. Total Game Play: 30 to 45 minutes Designer(s): Kevin Russ Artist(s): Beth Sobel Publisher: Flatout Games As far as themes go, Calico is one that immediately attracted me. Making quilts? Heck yes! Collecting Cats?… Continue reading Calico

Deep Dives, Game, Tournaments

2021 Root Winter Tournament: Semi-Finals

We have made it through the Semi-Finals!! That was a heck of a weekend! Five games in three days! And one day consisted of eight and a half of streaming!! I am quite excited to make it to the finals but first let's look back at the semi finals and the journey of some of our finalists.

Deep Dives

Root Faction Scoring Models

Recently, I started keeping track of the round-by-round points for each factions after Rk9 showed interest. It was a stat that I hadn’t really tracked before and I’m not sure why I didn’t because it’s so fascinating. Looking back of all the tournaments, I found that there were two sets of data: the scoring paths from AdSet and the scoring paths from the Plus One Pool Draft. These get delved into by faction in the sections below. All data on the AdSet faction includes only the first two rounds of the 2021 Winter Tournament.