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Robert A.
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I got the impression this was alot like Evolution. I have not played Wingspan yet, just saw videos. Could someone that has played both let me know what they think. I do like birds though, ALOT. So maybe its worth getting just for the bird factor---what do you think?
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I've only played Evolution a couple of times (Wingspan about 6 times). I do not feel a direct similarity. Evolution has a lot more interaction in terms of how much/little food you create each round and attacking other players.

As Jamey noted, Wingspan is intentionally designed not to attack other players. Although you might say Evolution has some engine building in terms of aggregating traits for your species, Wingspan is pure engine building. Two thirds of your turns (other third is playing birds to your tableau) are activating the actions associated with a series of birds. Plus, 20%+/- of your score in Wingspan is fulfilling private bonus cards and competing over public round bonuses.

Wingspan is definitely less stressful. It is a pleasant journey to build your puzzle. The production is well done aside from first version errors. So if you like birds it still may be of interest to you.
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drtrigger wrote:
I've only played Evolution a couple of times (Wingspan about 6 times). I do not feel a direct similarity. Evolution has a lot more interaction in terms of how much/little food you create each round and attacking other players.
Yep, Evolution is much more confrontational. Not a good or bad thing necessarily--it just is.
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Other than some very loose thematic similarities (having a tableau of animals, and having areas that represent environments), I see no similarity at all.

But, I only played Evolution once, and haven't tried any of its expansions, as I found the game to be an utter disappointment. I had high hopes for it, as biological themes are very attractive to me.
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little kitty wrote:
I got the impression this was alot like Evolution. I have not played Wingspan yet, just saw videos. Could someone that has played both let me know what they think. I do like birds though, ALOT. So maybe its worth getting just for the bird factor---what do you think?
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I’ve played Evolution/ Evolution Climate 30 times combined and Wingspan 10 times. I don’t feel there is any real similarity to them other than the thematic aspect of the cards. Definitely worth having both in your collection.
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I've owned/played both Evolution (Flight + Climate) as well as Wingspan.

Aside from being card based tableau builders, they offer very little in similarity. Evolution is about direct player conflict, whether it be through predatory feeding or chaining powers to maximize your food intake. Your creatures grow, adapt, and are often killed/replaced. The game can be very mean and unforgiving, which led us to selling Evolution.

Wingspan is a euro engine builder, based off of points gained from variable round goals, secret objectives, and cards played. Wingspan is entirely indirect confrontation through what food/birds you take. The game is much more about building and honing a single engine, rather than several smaller ones.

Looking at your ratings, I can tell you that Evolution is much closer to your only positive rating (Unfair). It has a lot of the same elements - growing and evolving several different creatures / attractions and doing your best to mitigate predators / climate changes / events. They both have similar levels of take-that and direct confrontation.
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I own and like both games. The only thing they really have in common in truly stunning art. Beautiful games. Bug gameplay feels completely different.

Evolution has much more (direct) player interaction.
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Two entirely different games. It’s like asking someone Steak or Ahi Tuna.
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little kitty wrote:
I got the impression this was alot like Evolution. I have not played Wingspan yet, just saw videos. Could someone that has played both let me know what they think. I do like birds though, ALOT. So maybe its worth getting just for the bird factor---what do you think?
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It has cards.

That’s about the only similarity.

We sold Evolution after one play because it was so “take that”.

Wingspan only left our table for the first time last night because we need to learn something else for a gaming event.
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Sorry but evolution is harsh. The species in reality have to compete or adapt or they die. Can't go more close to reality than that . Schools and unis use it as introduction to evolution.it's kind of funny how people want scientific and realistic representation but then want a carebear approach.nature isnt handholding anybody

They both say they are scientific and card games . So they super related . Just one skips a big part of reality. I hope for a expansion
 
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Grimstringer wrote:
Sorry but evolution is harsh. The species in reality have to compete or adapt or they die. Can't go more close to reality than that . Schools and unis use it as introduction to evolution.it's kind of funny how people want scientific and realistic representation but then want a carebear approach.nature isnt handholding anybody

They both say they are scientific and card games . So they super related . Just one skips a big part of reality. I hope for a expansion
Wingspan isn't about evolution so the idea of "Survival of the fittest" isn't relevant here. Although there's no player conflict in the game it's not entirely "carebear" there are birds that capture (and presumably eat) other birds in the game, as well as small mammals being one of the food types.
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it was for the people praising scientific representation but not liking the reality part of it, being harsh and cutthroat
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