|Number of Game Players||1-5|
|Release date||1 October 2019|
|Mfg Recommended age||10 - 50 years|
|Item Model Number||STM910|
|Product Dimensions||29.21 x 29.21 x 7.62 cm|
Wingspan with Swift Start Pack Game
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- For 1-5 players. Ages 10+
- 40-70 minute playing time
- A competitive bird-collection, engine-building Game
- You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors— seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your aviary
- Unlock chains of powerful combinations in this competitive Game
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Wingspan is a competitive bird-collection, engine-building Game for 1-5 players. You are bird enthusiasts researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your aviary. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats (actions). these habitats focus on several key aspects of growth: gain food tokens via custom dice in a birdfeeder dice tower. Lay eggs using egg miniatures in a variety of colors draw from hundreds of unique bird cards and play them the winner is the player with the most points accumulated from birds, bonus cards, end-of-round goals, eggs, cached food, and tucked birds.
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There is incredible attention to detail in this game and the beauty unfolds as you are playing in an engrossing way.
The game itself is a medium level engine building game. Easy to learn but there are definitely enough variables to keep all but the most intense game players interested for a long time.
Probably in my top two board games I've ever played. If you like games such as Tokaido for their beauty, you'll love this.
After playing this game a couple of times each member of my family has different strategy's of how they will win. Its great that you don't need to make another player feel bad or picked on to win.
Each of the birds have different bonus plays that either gain you something as you play them or as they get activated later in the game. These bonuses can also help other players.
We have played this game multiple times since Christmas and i believe that it will be played again and again through 2020.
We have played it over and over again and every game is different. Beautiful quality and design. Takes a little to learn but quickly picked up once played. We enjoyed it so much we have also bought the European expansion which I would recommend too.
Fantastic production quality
Wingspan was out of stock and on backorder everywhere we looked.The price was great and delivery was 1 day! Amazing.
REWIND: Ever since I was young I loved playing board games even though I was an only child and I spent hours playing Sorry!, Jumanji, chess, Chinese checkers, Monopoly, etc. all by myself (I would call it research now). And the year culminated at Christmastime when my cousins would all come together and we would play board games together.
FAST FORWARD: I played more computer games as I got older and then games on iOS. I found Ticket to Ride or Scotland Yard on iOS and I thought those games were great! Little did I know there were PHYSICAL board games of these games, until my neighborhood friend said he played Ticket to Ride too and brought over the real copy and my mind was blown away.
I started sneaking into the toy section at Target and found Pandemic. I acquired some expansions on Amazon and that's where I was for 7 years. I played other games in the mean time but I didn't care to own them, because my friends owned them. I moved out of the country and was busy with school. I graduated and came back and low and behold it was Black Friday!
I had to do research for prices for Black Friday and I stumbled on Ars Technica that mentioned Wingspan. I didn't care for birds...but the box was pretty...and what? All the cards had different art on them? That's what sold me.
FAST FORWARD again! And here we are 6 months later down a rabbit hole with 80+ games, several game groups (mostly online now due to social distancing), and family who are stuck at home and have no other choice but to play games with me :) I also enjoy birding now and recognize the local birds. A silver lining with Covid is that it is during the Spring so I am able to see multiple different bird species flying around in my suburban backyard which fuels my newfound birding hobby.
1. Wingspan is pretty to look at. Nothing ugly. Even the boring American crow starts to look pretty because it feeds the other birds in your bird "engine" - which is a combination of cards with birds on them that add on powers and help you on your way to victory.
2. Even if I lose, I don't mind it because I enjoyed playing.
3. It's fun to read the little info tidbit and learn something new on every single card.
4. Information is from reputable sources.
5. The game is pretty.
6. It is relaxing...and at the same time NOT because there are so many possible combinations that could happen your brain cog wheels are always spinning. Or at least mine are.
7. It has a solo mode.
8. There is a Swift-Start pack - which are separate instruction mats for players with instructions to help everyone as a group learn how to play the game. This is a helpful tool for people who have no idea what they're doing or you want to teach this game to other people.
1. This could potentially lead you to hobbies like board gaming or birding
2. If you're a completionist/OCD and you buy this game, know that you're in for at least 5 more expansions
3. If you love artsy craftsy stuff and find the fan-made things on Etsy...you might spend more money than what you thought you were going to spend
4. The bird feeder dice tower is a cool gimmick. I say gimmick, because I let my dumb 12-year-old cousin put it together and it was frayed before I even played the game for the first time. However, my husband bought me a proper bird house dicetower from Etsy...and after you have one of those, why would you ever go back to that cardboard thing?
5. The game tray. It's flimsy plastic...it looks nice...but when you start to plan on sleeving your cards (which I did after I had to hold back from saying anything while tearfully watching Frito fingers manhandle my cards) you end up spending a lot of time trying to figure out which sleeves to buy and if all the cards will fit in the tray...or do you buy a new tray...and the cycle continues.
Apparently these cards are American standard card size, because there is a European standard card size. I got the cheapest Mayday sleeves which are also the thinnest, so all the cards still fit in the trays. BUT they feel so thin...and plasticky...They aren't like the NICE sleeves my husband got for Terraforming Mars. ROLL EYES. The cards from Terraforming Mars are wearing out though on the edges and the Wingspan cards are way nicer in quality.
SO good luck to you if you choose this dark path toward pretty birds and board game nights.
Seriously though, if you think you might like a pretty card game about pretty birds that isn't cartoony and has real information you can learn from, try out Wingspan!
On a purely aesthetic level.. the game and all the makings are nice. Even the instruction booklet just feels quality in the hand. Only thing letting me down in quality is the cardboard dice tower. And even thats ok, in most games would be good, but is slightly under par compared to the quality of rest of this game.
Only two minor gripes.
1.. It comes with 4 little plastic bins. But there are 5 types of food, 5 colors of eggs.. slightly annoying to someone who likes to put things away carefully where they belong.
2.. The instructions are good, but a few technical aspects of game play could be more clearly spelled out. Easily solved by house ruling, and either way you end up answering the questions, it doesn't break or even really inconvenience the game.
All in all.. with hundreds of games in my collection, this is the only one I bought new and have no buyers remorse over.
The game itself is also very enjoyable, and simple to learn. I played it with three people for the first time and they all did very well, one of them even won even though they only looked at the rule book once. All the bird abilities are simply stated and fun because they all pertain to the abilities of their real world counterparts. Vulture cards, for example, get extra food tokens when another player's predator bird succeeds in "killing" a smaller bird. The wide variety of bird cards makes building a strategically designed bird habitat simple and super enjoyable. You almost take pride in the little aviary of birds you hand pick from the pile, and pray that each round you find your favorite bird.