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Board game Wyrmspan is like Wingspan, but with dragons

‘Wyrmspan is inspired by the mechanisms of Wingspan’

Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Wingspan publisher Stonemaier Games announced Wyrmspan, a Wingspan-like game that swaps birds for dragons, on Wednesday. Designed by Apiary creator Connie Vogelmann, Wyrmspan is a one-to-five player game inspired by the hit bird board game. Elizabeth Hargrave, who created Wingspan, developed Wyrmspan, Stonemaier Games said in a news release. Wyrmspan is a lot like Wingspan, where you attract birds to habitats, but with a “step up in complexity” and several “key differences.”

In a 90-minute game of Wyrmspan, you’ll be attracting dragons to a sanctuary to impress the Dragon Guild. Wyrmspan will go up for sale on the Stonemaier Games website in late January, with a retail launch in late March.

Here’s how Stonemaier Games described it:

You are an amateur dracologist in the world of Wyrmspan, a place where dragons of all shapes, sizes, and colors roam the skies. Excavate a hidden labyrinth you recently unearthed on your land and entice these beautiful creatures to roost in the sanctuary of your caves.

During a game of Wyrmspan, you will build a sanctuary for dragons of all shapes and sizes. Your sanctuary begins with 3 excavated spaces—the leftmost space in your Crimson Cavern, your Golden Grotto, and your Amethyst Abyss. Over the course of the game, you will excavate additional spaces in your sanctuary and entice dragons to live there, chaining together powerful abilities and earning the favor of the Dragon Guild.

Wyrmspan is inspired by the mechanisms of Wingspan, though its unique elements make Wyrmspan a standalone game (not compatible with Wingspan).

Like Wingspan, Wyrmspan has gorgeous art. French artist Clementine Campardou illustrated the game and all its dragons in watercolor; you can find several of the paintings on her website.

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