a game of inventing words

The pen is the sword in this casual tabletop experience for 3-5 players

Roots is a game of inventing words. Players combine Prefix and Suffix cards to create new words, competing for the best connection to a Subject card. Whoever delivers the best explanation for their word captures that Subject card, gaining a potential piece of their secret Win condition. But stay sharp: players can manipulate each other's progress with various Power cards, undermining opponents while advancing themselves. The result is narrative warfare in which the most creative, best spoken, and craftiest thrive. Pick up your copy today!

  • Roots is the debut product from Predicate, a creative studio in Pasadena, CA. It first appeared on Kickstarter, reaching its funding goal in less than a week, and is currently available only on Amazon.

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  • The Escapist

    "The creation of words is so much fun that you'll find yourself not minding when you get one-upped by a clever combination - Roots has many, many moments of 'I'm not even mad. That's amazing.'"
    - Jonathan Bolding

    The Nerdist

    "What if there were a way you could actually construct a word out of component pieces using actual etymology...Well, that way is now totally real!"
    - Kyle Anderson

    Indie Cardboard

    "Successful game nights have long been underpinned by player interaction, though rarely has it made such a literal leap to the table than in Roots."
    - Jason Dobson

  • Shut Up and Sit Down

    "It's got one of those wonderfully simple concepts that you immediately understand and which presents all sorts of clever and perhaps even hilarious possibilities."
    - SU&SD

    Good Magazine

    "A fun game from a start-up that is hoping to improve literacy rates and work on word-crafting through a fun, interactive, old-school game."
    - Chris Marshall

    Geek Dad

    "It’s about building words using prefixes and suffixes to best match a subject card. Sort of a mashup of Balderdash and Apples to Apples."
    - Jonathan H. Liu


Who is Roots for?

Roots is fun for everyone, especially social game enthusiasts, creatives of all kinds, and both teachers and students of the English language.

Where can I buy Roots?

Currently, Roots is only available for order on Amazon. Sign up for the mailing list above to find out when other venues become available.

How do I play Roots?

Please visit the gameplay page, where you can view a video and the full instructions.

I'm a student, teacher, school administrator, or parent. What is Roots' educational value?

Roots lets players manipulate English's anatomy, illuminating how words assemble meaning. This insight improves both reading comprehension and vocabulary for students of all levels. Likewise, the task of articulating a new word's definition and connection to a subject promotes critical thinking and rhetorical skill. The best part is that it's fun!

In terms of the Common Core State Standards, which outline "the knowledge and skills students should gain throughout their K-12 education," Roots most closely supports CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K-8.4.B, or the ability to "Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., audience, auditory, audible)." This in turn supports CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4, or the ability to "Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies," as well as a variety of other standards in the English Language Arts (ELA) spectrum.

Can I buy the Subject card expansion packs from the Kickstarter?

Sadly, that content was Kickstarter exclusive. New expansions are coming for retail!

Is there a digital version of Roots in the works?

There just might be.

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