Players: 1-5 | Playing Time: 40-70 min | Age: 10+
Designer: Elizabeth Hargrave
Artist: Ana Maria Martinez Jaramillo, Natalia Rojas, Beth Sobel
In wingspan players begin with a number of cards in their hands and some resources used to play the birds through the game. Three of the four player actions are divided into habitats. The Forest habitat is where players can choose the gather food action. This allows players to gain food resources that come into play when playing birds. The prairie habitat is where players can play eggs on their birds. Eggs are worth points at the end of the game, and are also used to play birds. The water habitat is where players draws new bird cards. The fourth action is playing a bird into one of 3 habitats. The cost to play a bird is the food they need and may include an egg cost. When a player plays a bird in one of the 3 habitat areas the next time the player uses the action in that habitat it changes based on what is printed on the game board, and what abilities the birds played down have.
Besides the point value each bird has it’s own abilities. Some abilities trigger when you choose the action in their habitat. Some abilities may trigger when other players choose an action. Some abilities may trigger at the end of the round. Some abilities may trigger at the end of the game.
A round of Wingspan ends when all players have used their action cubes. Players see if there are any end of round actions on birds they have played. They will then consult the end of round board to see how many points they gain. Losing one of their cubes to the end of round board.
Play continues across 4 rounds.
The artwork on this one is fantastic. Each bird has a lifelike appearance. So far the dice tower bird feeder has withstood many games. The wooden dice are a nice change from normal dice. The eggs are a thick plastic which is nice. They have a flat spot on them so they won’t roll all over the table.
There is one expansion for this one available that brings European birds to the game.
Board Game Geek - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/266192/wingspan
Stonemaier Games - https://stonemaiergames.com/games/wingspan/
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