It swept the BoardGameGeek Golden Geek awards, even in categories where people said it shouldn’t compete (including the “Games That Aren’t Explicitly About Birds” category). What kind of game can pull that off? Dig this quick synopsis of the smash hit board game Wingspan, or watch Cassie and Izzy’s How to Play Wingspan video to learn the whole entire game.

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Izzy: Hi! It’s Izzy from Nights Around a Table, and this is my sister Cassie, and this is Wingspan, an engine-building board game about boids (Cassie: Boids!) Izzy: for 1-5 players. Let us show you how to play!

You and your friends channel your inner Tippi Hedren to attract various birds in your habitat by putting out the food they like, including fruits, seeds, and small rodent carcasses. The birds can occupy your forest, grassland, or wetland rows, and the rows also provide you with food to attract more birds… eggs to hatch more birds… and cards that depict… you know. More birds!

Whenever you activate one of these rows, you rip backwards through each bird in that biome, activating their different brown powers in a chain reaction. The birds you attract can also give you a one-time benefit, or a power that lets you profit whenever an opponent takes a certain action. At the end of four rounds, you count up points you’ve accumulated in birds, eggs, cached food, tucked cards, contests, and secret goals, and whoever scores the most points, wins!

Ryan: Well, does it sound interesting? If you want to learn more about the rules of the game, click the link at the end of this video or in the description below to watch my complete How to Play video, which includes the overview segment you just watched. And if you like what i’m doing, click the badge to subscribe, and the bell to get notifications. And now, we dance!

Get Your Own Copy of Wingspan

It’s not hard to find people who cite Wingspan as their favourite board game of all time. If you want to get in on the fun, click the Amazon link below to buy your own copy of Wingspan, and the girls and i will receive a small commission.