Saturday, September 24, 2022

What The Gaming Industry Clearly Needs Is Another Wingspan Review

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Before I begin I was sent a copy of this game to do a review. I was not paid for this content. If you would like to watch a video of this review check it out below. Get your own copy here.

So there are, I think, exactly four people in the world that have not heard of Wingspan. It just so happens that I know two of them, they are dear friends that are just now getting a bit into board games. About 3 weeks ago I got an email from Stonemaier games asking if I was interested in covering Wingspan. About 2 weeks and 5 days ago one of my aforementioned friends texted me and asked if I had ever heard of this game Wingspan, and if she should get a copy. In a glorious moment of self importance I was able to say WAIT! I GOT YOU! A week and a half later there we sat, playing the game for the first time.

Wingspan ongoing two-player game
Pictures originally found on BGG

In Wingspan you build up your collection of birds. To do this you will either take actions that give you food, eggs, or birds; or place a new bird in your tableau (which CLEARLY costs eggs-sometimes more than one for a single bird). Placing new birds allows you to earn points, and gives you more bonus actions each time you take a non bird placing action. However, as you play through the game you will have fewer and fewer action each round, thus making each successive round tighter and tighter when it comes to you decision space, even as you find that each action, potentially, is longer and longer.

Each round you build out your tableaus, and at the end of each round there is an objective that is scored. (If you think that is a horrible sentence you would be absolutely correct, but…I have set it down on the internet and I am stuck with it.). You have the option to play the game on “friendly” mode, which means everyone can score max points for these ever rotating objectives, or you can play in the competitively which allows only the leader of each round objective to earn maximum points. However, no matter what mode you play, after 4 rounds the game ends, and the highest scoring player wins.

So what do I think?

Delectable

The presentation of this game is wonderful. It is just a beautiful thing to have on the table with a wonderful production to match the art. Along with that, the game is relatively simple to learn and play, making it a strong game to play with others who are not deep into the hobby. Though the game is simple mechanically the plethora of bird cards, secret objective cards, and round objectives make each game play out quite differently.

Tasty

This is a tableau building, action selection game. That is all. It does these things very well, but depending on what you are looking for in a game will determine if you think this belongs above in the delectable, or below in the edible section. This is a game that is about a single step up from Ticket to Ride when it comes to complexity.

Edible

There is very little interaction between players in this game. It is mostly multiplayer solitaire, something that I often enjoy, but is often quite divisive for many gamers. You will rather rapidly “discover” everything there is to discover, and replays become more about mastering the simple systems in the game.

Bringing it all together

Wingspan is every bit as pretty as it is reported to be. Great art, great production, very clean and simple mechanics (challenges Mandy Patinkin had learning it aside). This is a wonderful game to bring people into the hobby, and is a great option if you are just looking for a quick and simple tableau builder. If you are looking for something with crunch, this is not the game, but if you are looking for something more casual (casual to hobby gamers at least) then this is a great option.

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* Great art, great production
* Pure tableau builder, action selection game
* Very little crunch
* Replay comes in a search for mastery, not in discovering new things
*Mostly multiplayer solitaire
* Fantastic game for people newer to the hobby or looking for something more casual

Will "Hungry" Brown
Will "Hungry" Brownhttps://www.facebook.com/HungryGamerReviews/
Will "Hungry" Brown is an actor, producer, teacher, and passionate board game player, hoping to find new games and help you find new games to play. Will AKA The Hungry Gamer, has stepped up to fill the role of Lead Board Game Reviewer here at G33K-HQ!

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