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Grackles are noisy, iridescent birds that love to gather on telephone wires at sunset throughout the southwestern United States. In this lightly themed abstract strategy game, you’ll line up as many of your birds on the telephone wire to score as many points as possible. Each turn, players choose between drawing and placing a tile, connecting 2 spots on the telephone wire with their birds, extending a line of birds, or rotating an empty tile. After the board has been built to 5 tiles by 5 tiles and all available pairs of spots on the telephone wire have birds on them, the player with the most birds on the telephone wire is the winner.

Designed by John Shulters and Sarah Graybill

Art by Mateusz Wilma

Learn How to Play

Download a copy of the RULES for Grackles (3 Mb PDF).




Game Includes

• 25 tiles
• 45 black birds
• 45 purple birds
• 45 blue birds
• 45 green birds
• 20 rotate tokens
• 4 player aids
• 1 rule book



Grackles is a lightly themed abstract strategy game in which players line up as many of their birds in a row on telephone wires. On each turn, players take 1 action:

• place a tile with 4 colored spots and telephone wires,
• connect 2 matching spots with their birds,
• extend an existing line of their birds,
• or rotate an unoccupied tile.

The player with the most birds on wires at the end of the game wins.


A newly drawn tile must be placed adjacent (not diagonally) to a tile already on the board. All 25 tiles must end up forming a square of 5 tiles by 5 tiles.


Each player has a choice of 45 beautiful acrylic, debossed tokens of blue, green, purple, and black birds.


Up to 5 times per game, you may choose to rotate an empty tile, keeping it in the same space.