Elizabeth Hargrave’s Surprisingly Successful Board Game

In the board-game world, where characters are often zombies and military figures, Elizabeth Hargrave’s Wingspan takes a different route. With scientifically accurate descriptions and depictions of birds, it’s a card-based game in which each player’s goal is to attract birds to their network of wildlife preserves. Players assign birds, outfitted with special powers and specific capabilities, to habitats and tally points based on whether or not they’re suited for the environment. Its thoughtful research (a spreadsheet filled with over 549 entries and 100+ characteristics) has already impressed bird- and game-enthusiasts, and seems to have appeal even further—with demand far exceeding supply on the first day of sales. In fact, they have already sold over 30,000 units. Read more at the New York Times.