Board games have come a long way since Monopoly.
Players can spend hours immersed in sophisticated, story-driven games — building civilizations on Mars or battling dungeon monsters.
But one of the most popular games of the year isn’t focused on war or domination; it’s about birds.
In Wingspan, a scientifically accurate game from St. Louis-based publisher Stonemaier Games, players create their own personal aviary. The game has become wildly successful with both hardcore gamers and birders — groups whose interests don’t always overlap.