Just out of curiosity, did anyone else wonder if this was a game about the African slave trade? I saw the title... Mali, a country in West Africa. Roots, a well know story about an African man captured and forced into slavery. Fortunately, this game seems to have nothing to do with the aforementioned, but I do wonder if the authors gave any thought to the potential associations of their name.
I haven't had that association. Roots literally refers to the roots of a tree, the tree that is depicted on the box and that is the strongest creature int he game, the Mali. Nothing but positivity here ;-) The team is aware of the existence of the country Mali and the book.