You know, if you name it the "Warloands" you have only yourself to really blame when people hold their wars there. And such is the case with the various forest tribes. Each one is looking to be the sole controller of the Warlands, and have mustered their forces in order to make sure that happens. That's the story behind Roots of Mali, an abstract strategy board game up on Kickstarter now.
In the game, players control a tribe of the forest. Forces in your army are represented by dice. However, there's no randomness in the game. Players place the dice on the board, with the different sides representing the different power levels the creature can be, from 1-6. Generally, a creature with a higher level will automatically defeat one of a lower value. However, 3s can defeat 6s. So you've still gotta be careful. Also, each level has a unique spell that they can cast. You gain victory points by taking out enemy creatures (creatures are worth as many VP as their level). The first player to 10VPs wins.
The game is compatible with Light of Dragons, which uses the same combat and victory point system.
The Kickstarter campaign is up and running now with 24 days left on the clock.