Wingspan: Solo Play

I got in a solo play of Wingspan tonight. Clever Automa. It felt very smooth, and it was a tight game. I lost 81-89, but it was still very enjoyable. They did a good job with this solo variant. This will definitely be joining my solo game rotation. Anyone else play this solo? What did you think?

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Supporter11 months ago

I think that Stonemaier games  has a great system for their solo variants 

12 months ago

I agree with your thoughts. It was very easy to use, and the game itself was just as fun as if playing with people, minus having people to talk to while you play. I've only played once, but definitely plan to play again some time when I have time for a solo game.

12 months ago

I hear ya; I do enjoy the social aspect of gaming. But, I also enjoy gaming for the sake of gaming, and this does a good job of that.

Supporter12 months ago

I watched Rhados solo run-through and was impressed how elegant the and easy the run the automata appeared. 

Supporter12 months ago

I’ve watched a couple of Rahdo videos now. He seems alright. Not my favorite yet. 

Supporter12 months ago

He isn't my favorite, he ignores some games and aspects of games that I like. But his run-throughs do give me the feeling of how the game would feel for. 

12 months ago

I watch him for playthroughs on games I'm interested in. He does a great job. I haven't done any of his solo plays though; I'll have to rectify that.

Supporter12 months ago

I actually prefer his solo run-throughs. They are quite good. 

Owner12 months ago

That's a nice egg :) 

For someone like myself who hasn't played solo variants and not familiar with the Automa, could you explain how it works? I have Viticulture with the Automa as well but haven't tried tackling it

12 months ago

The Automa is Stonemeier's "artificial intelligence" in order to play a competitive solo game. It consists of a small deck of cards, each one consisting of a certain action (or actions) for a specific round (most cards have actions for four rounds--do the action for the current round). Some cards only have actions for one or a few rounds; these cards are removed after a specific round, which helps weed out the deck and give the Automa more "beefy" choices. 

The Automa doesn't play like a regular player (i.e. no player board), so the actions are simulations only, and it has a few different methods of scoring points (i.e. bird card values vs. face-down bird cards worth a set amount of points each, as determined by the chosen difficulty). It's competitive enough that we had a very close game. It does simulate paying against another human quite well.

Supporter12 months ago

Their automatas are generally very good. But they are not by Stonemaier. They are by The Automata Factory who have designed AI for other games. Gaia Project for example has a AI they designed. 

12 months ago

I wasn't aware they were separate entities. It looks like they've mostly done Stonemaier games, with just a couple of others mixed in. Have you played Gaia Project solo? I like how this solo works, so if they did that one as well, I'd be even more interested in it.

Owner12 months ago

I wasn't aware of that either, sounds like a possible angle I could consider for an interview :)

Supporter12 months ago

There you go ;-) 

I am curious as to the exact nature of the relationship between the two entities. They do work very closely together, that is for sure.

Supporter12 months ago

I haven't. But I've heard it's very good. 

Yes they are working mostly on Stonemaier games, but I do see their names on other games as well. 

12 months ago

I saw they did one for Patchwork, which I'm definitely going to have to look into. Maybe with some practice I can finally beat my wife at that game haha

Supporter12 months ago

This solo aspect of Gaia project is one of the reasons why I’m considering it so strongly for my Big Game for Christmas 

12 months ago

I'll have to check up on that. Gaia Project looks great, and if the solo is likewise great, that could be a solid winner.

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