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Cole Wehrle of Root on Systems, Player Interaction and Political Theory in Root.

Our Chief Content Nerd, Drew Dixon, talks with Cole Wherle, designer of Root from Leder Games. We chatted from the show floor of PAX Unplugged 2018 in Philadelphia.

We discuss Cole’s background in weird history games, his inspiration in creating the massively successful asymmetrical strategy game Root, and what drives him to make board games. He discusses his systems-driven approach to game design that is tied to his study of history and his interest in political theory and economics.

Follow Leder Games on Twitter: @ledergames.

Follow Cole Wehrle on Twitter: @colewhrle.





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Drew is the Chief Content Nerd for Love Thy Nerd and the co-host of Humans of Gaming. He is also the editor of Explore the Bible: Students and co-hosts the weekly CaPC Digest podcast for Christ and Pop Culture. Drew has written for Paste Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, WORLD Magazine, and Think Christian. He lives in the Nashville, TN area with his wife and their three children.

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