I played three games of #Wingspan this weekend (lost all three). I have beaten the Automa at two lower level settings and have been attempting to master it at this highest setting. No luck yet. I formulated a nice strategy in my head but did not have the birds come out that fit my strategy. I did ponder an interesting houserule that I haven't tried but thought I might see how it goes next play with people.
In #Everdell you have a "meadow" which is like an extension of everone's hand and players can play cards either from their hand OR from the meadow. What I thought of was using the birds in the bird tray as both a place to draw OR a place from which players could play birds. Having played the game multiple times I don't think the ability to play birds directly from the tray would break the game. It seems like it might be an opportunity to see more turnover on the gametray, mitigate a little of the luck with bird draws, and offer another interactive piece in the game.
If you've played #Wingspan, what do you think about this idea (and if you try it out I'd like to see some comments on how that worked out)?
Also, if you've played against the hard automa, what has been your experience as far as winning and scoring?
I generally find I can score between 70 and 85 points with 85 being a decently good game. It's often challenging to beat the automa to end-of-round goals and while I have tried to score a lot of points without winning those goals I find it hard to do so.