Wingspan was quite a discovery for me this year. I got this as a part of the gift from my family for my round, fortieth birthday and spent pretty decent amount of time familiarizing with the base game, then European Expansion and last but not least – quite interesting solo variant – AUTOMA. It was definitely a time well-spent.
Wingspan – first impressions – Base Game Wingspan – first impressions – European Expansion Wingspan – first impressions – AUTOMA Wingspan - full review by The Boardgames Chronicle
Wingspan for me is a very elegant, repayable and interesting title. A competitive, medium-weight, card-driven, engine-building board game (wow, I pulled quite nice adjective rich description : ) You are one of the bird enthusiasts – researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors – seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats (actions). The winner is the player with the most points after 4 rounds. Sounds simple? Oh, believe me, it is not. The game is deep, interesting and thrilling.
Our bingie gaming
After couple of months without that game hitting the table – you really need sometimes a break, even from the pretty good titles – we decided with Magda, my wife, time has come to play again. We planned to test the game again thoroughly, using all possible end-of-round goals. That meant at least 6 sessions – which we played in 7 days, kind like movie bingie watching 🙂
Bingie watching - the practice of watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.
Ok, so let us have a look int more details how it went. Below graphical summary, some comments to each game as well as table which I personally find pretty informative.
Below the mentioned table with all the games:
That was a really great experience. The more we played, the better we know what and how we wanted to perform. The results were pretty satisfactory – only once below 60, with averages oscillating around 70. The variety of end-turn-goals is rich, especially with European Expansion. The game is always fun, and I am always able to convince my wife to play it (which is a great advantage of that title!) On top of this, we were using very handy application – Wingmate. Pretty cool and useful app; great assistance in scoring or playing against Automa.
It was great time, well spent with family. I hope to enrich the experience with another expansion – Oceania! Stay tuned!
I really want to get this game for myself and my girlfriend. Would you say it’s a fun 2 player experience? Also is there a lot of reading required? My gf’s english isn’t the best and it would be hard for her to play if she had to read each and every single card
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we played a lot 2-player and this is really suitable game for such set-up. There is some reading however, not complicated but still – might be great way to improve English!
Thanks for another interesting review Michal. Do you know if an Africa variant is on its way? We are visiting family in Rwanda and amazed by the birds (eg Hamerkop).
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they just released Oceania expansion, so logically, Africa should be next. But I have not seen any announcement yet.