Wingspan Oceania Expansion

Wingspan Oceania Expansion

Designed by Elizabeth Hargrave | Art by Natalia Rojas, Ana Maria Martinez Jaramillo, and Beth Sobel

This second expansion to Wingspan focuses on birds in Australia and New Zealand.

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Due to the sheer number of birds affected by the Australian wildfires, Stonemaier Games announced early that the next expansion for Wingspan will focus on the region of Oceania. Sign up here to be notified first when the Oceania expansion preorder launches later in 2020; for each email we collected by January 22, Stonemaier Games donated $1 to WIRES, a wildlife rescue organization in Australia. Their total donation was $7,439 USD ($10,834 AUD).

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95 Comments on “Wingspan Oceania Expansion

  1. I really hope that the Kea from New Zealand is included!
    It would be a shame if it wasn’t, as it is such an extraordinary bird.

  2. I really hope the Oceania expansion has Penguins in it. Penguins are birds and do lay eggs and some species are found in Australia. One can hope. Really looking forward to more great content for Wingspan. Take care!

  3. I’ve been playtesting the automa for this, and I can’t wait for this expansion to come out. It’s great!

  4. Wow, I am really excited about your new expansion. I know, that may sound weird, but I am a huge fan of bats. As we all know, bats don’t build nests and don’t lay eggs, but is there any chance to get a bat expansion for Wingspan or even a spin-off with slighly changed mechanics?

  5. Hi! Is the pandemic affecting the timeline of this expansion in any way? Which quarter of 2020 can we expect the expansion to be ready? Getting itchy here (:

  6. As we gain more and more expansions, the deck of birds will become quite large. Hopefully game mechanisms or other setup suggestions will allow us to cycle through more of the large deck or play with various subsets in a recommended way

  7. After sleeving the cards in Wingspan and the European Expansion, both custom trays for cards are full. :) If there’s no custom tray in the Oceania Expansion, can a custom tray be sold separately from Stonemaier Games perhaps? If so, bonus points to you if it has a different color than the custom trays that come with the games. :)

  8. Hi. Can you please pass on my thanks and congratulations for what I would describe as a perfect game. Are there any plans for more premium food tokens or bird tower? I often look elsewhere for accessories but I really want everything I buy for this game to be official as it’s all so wonderfully made.

    Thank you.

  9. Please tell the games creator how much we adore this game !! As avid gamers, we just love it. Please consider allowing the app to traverse borders to Canada so we can play virtually.

  10. Please find a solution to organize all material coming the base game + all expansions in a single box with sleveed cards. Many of us does not have the space for storing two or more boxes for a single game in our houses. In addition the size of the box of European Expansion is totally out of standard and this increase the problem. Thanks.

  11. What are you thinking about after you do the birds of all the continents? My wife got that high pitch noise of excitement when I said we should suggest Rodents. Just think of all the chinchillas, gerbils, hamster, ferrets, flying squirrels, and all the little “miceys”.

    1. Thanks for your suggestion, Jacob! We’re taking things one step at a time, and it will be quite a while until we have an expansion for all the continents (and Oceania isn’t even done yet!).

  12. Wingspan is a great game – and has us entertained in this COVID-19 lockdown. Being bird watches in Australia – really looking forward to the Oceania extension.

  13. We have a few penguin species in Australia so it would be a fun set to include them all. We also have a lot of birds that live in close contact with humanity, I have a friend who had his pizza stolen from his hand by a laughing kookaburra, another friend who had an ice cream stolen by the aforementioned ibis “bin chicken”, sea gulls have stolen my fish and chips, and the magpie and plu in Australia swoop you, particularly if your riding a bike! Apparently this is not a common trait in other places of the world. These are just a few common examples. I think the fairy penguin would make an interesting addition too, also known as the little penguin. We have a few penguin species in Australia so it would be a fun set to include them all.

  14. Saw this too late… anyway. I hope it has nice end of round goals, which ware one of the reasons I won’t play Wingspan w/o Europe expansion anymore (or at least not w/o the new round goals). It just gives a lot more variety how people play the game.

    From the comments below, I guess this will be a small box expansion (as Europe has been), is that correct? :)

  15. Please please please please include the Kakapo in the cards!!! I love those green owl parrots so much!!

  16. First of all, I’m late to the party here, but good on you for helping with the rescue effort!

    I’ve been looking forward to this expansion; stoked about frogmouths, kakapos, and all the colorful stuff I don’t recognize from animal videos. I’ll second a request for some birds from Oceania proper; someone suggested birds of paradise, and I’ll throw out those blue footed boobies from the Galapagos. Anyways, I’m not super knowledgeable about birds, and learning about all these birds I’ve never seen has been one of the best parts of this game for me.

  17. Jamey, so looking forward to the Oceania expansion. My family and I would be over the moon if you could please include the extraordinarily beautiful Victoria crowned pigeon (Goura victoria), the largest species of pigeon in the world, with a booming mating call, and the bronzewinged spinifex pigeon (Geophaps plumifera), which we saw on our visit to Kata Tjuta twenty years ago, an encounter we still think of fondly today.

  18. Hi there, Ive been thinking a bit more about the upcoming expansion and have a couple of ideas. I haven’t played the European expansion yet. I have it, but wanted to play the base game a bit more before bringing it out. Anyway these ideas may already be in there, or may be rubbish.
    1) Nest predators. This is not a uniquely Oceania thing, but certainly happens here. Nest predators range from insects (ants) to reptiles and mammals (including the incredibly cute sugar glider), but also include other birds. Perhaps as a brown effect the pied currawong could allow you to predate another nest in your sanctuary and tuck two cards (I’m not sure on balance, so maybe they could be from the deck) or maybe take as many eggs as you want from any nest and tuck that many cards or that many plus one. This card would have to go in forest, otherwise it would be too powerful.
    2) Mimics. Lyrebirds are our most famous mimics and with good reason, they are amazing! However, there are many more mimics and they are a diverse group (see for example this birdlife Australia quiz I’ve already seen the repeat a power from this row. The mimic birds could have powers ranging from mimic the power of any bird in your aviary, mimic a power from the three birds in the blue tray or even mimic the power of a bird in any player’s aviary.

  19. Thanks for choosing to do the Oceania expansion next and for your generous donation to WIRES.

    I am very excited to see which birds you choose as this region (and those still to come) has an amazing diversity of birds. There are many beautiful birds and some very interesting groups. I know the description is very brief, but focussing on Australia and New Zealand seems a mistake. Melanesia has more bird species than Australia and about four times as many as New Zealand. Furthermore, many families of birds endemic to Oceania, such as bowerbirds and fairy wrens, have a strong presence in New Guinea. Additionally most birds of paradise species are in New Guinea.

    I’m hoping for another 170 bird cards.

    There is so much variety and a very high degree of endemic species, genera and families in the regions of Oceania (New Zealand excels here).

    Some other suggestions: Parrots, rosellas and budgerigar, cockatoos and cockateils, lyrebirds and scrub-birds, kingfishers and kookaburras, doves and pigeons (there are some real beauties), honeyeaters, kiwis, rails including weka and takahe, emu, cassowaries, mound builders, cuckoos (koels and the channel billed cuckoos lay multiple eggs in the same nest), frogmouths, finches and penguins.

  20. Suggestion for the Oceania expansion…
    First, I’m super excited for another expansion! My suggestion/question: Is it possible to include a deeper bird card tray to fit all of the cards from the original game + two expansions (that will also fit in the box)? Having the EE tray fits all of the cards, but both trays do not fit in the box. One deeper tray could do the trick!

  21. Can you make bird pairs? Some male look different from female and there can be some plaing rules for pair cards

  22. I have a few questions about the birds that will appear in this expansion.
    1. Will Oceania include birds of paradise?
    2. How will you handle the wingspan of flightless birds?
    3. Will there be any new effect types in the expansion, like we got with the Round End from the European expansion?

    1. +1 for fantail! They are the best bird ever BUT please also include (or use) the Māori name, “pīwakawaka”

      1. I agree, fantails are a good choice. The genus is very well represented in Oceania. I would guess that Australia’s favourite fantail is the Willy wagtail.

  23. Fantastic game for avid board game players, who are also avid birdwatchers! Can hardly wait for a future game which will include birds from all continents. Love the artwork!

  24. They always say don’t wish your life away, but with another expansion to this game on the horizon, that’s hard advice to follow. Keep them coming!! Love the box suggestion, Clifford. And way to go Stonemaier for the contribution to Australia.

    Go CARDS!

  25. I saw a few comments regarding box sizing and components. It does seem like there will likely be several more expansions for this game. I would love to see a box design that would allow for the current game + expansions with room for 2-3 further expansions. I think with the success of Wingspan this would be a reasonable consideration. I have a special appreciation for game boxes that make everything easily sortable and playable out of the box (See Spirit Island as a great example)

    1. As a matter of fact, the current Wingspan box is completely sufficient to accommodate everything in the base game and the European expansion (cards, eggs, manual). There is a guide on this very site how to arrange the components so that everything fits. The only caveat is that food and egg tokens will not be stored separately, but it is something I can live with.

      Still, if there is a box that can include the card tray from the expansion along with the base game, it will be appreciated. As I understand it, the additional tray is designed to accommodate many future expansions.

  26. Thank you for supporting WIRES – they do great work here in Australia.

    I can’t wait for this expansion. Will there be any of amazing Papua New Guinea Birds of Paradise?

  27. Love it – some beautiful birds here in Oz!
    Hopefully the different coloured eggs will be a factor soon; other than looking delicious!

  28. Thank you so much for announcing this. i was waiting for the Oceanic expansion before I bought Wingspan. I know more US presidents, than I do Australian Prime Ministers. So looking forward to learning more about my own backyard. And THANK YOU for supporting WIRES.

  29. Jamey, as an Aussie now living in NZ this is super exciting! Thanks for your support for Australia, it is much appreciated. And I guess this means your trip to NZ last year was a tax deductible business trip for ‘research’, right… ;-)

      1. Of course. Sorry if my comment came across as any kind of criticism or real insinuation. It was meant to be a silly joke – it’s hard to know how these come across online sometimes! Grace and peace to you :-)

  30. Speaking as an Australian, if you include the Australian white ibis, please can the fun fact be that we call them ‘bin chickens’.

    1. I was playing a game yesterday and we were saying how there should be a bin chicken, who’s power lets you draw cards from the discard pile.

  31. I hope this expansion will add more player interaction! The only thing I miss from this fun-game, a bit like multiplayer solitair.

    1. Multiplayer solitaire is when players’ choices don’t impact each other at all. Wingspan has quite a bit of interaction: The dice you choose from the dice tower (and when you choose to reroll them), the bird cards you choose (if you take a face up card, you’re taking it away from your opponents), the end-of-round goals (when playing on the green side of the goal mat), and quite a few bird cards that result in other players gaining food, drawing cards, etc.

      An easy test for player interaction is to ask yourself, “Could all actions be taken simultaneously, scaled to any player count?” If the answer is no, there’s at least some player interaction in the game.

      What I think you’re asking for–and what most people seem to mean when they ask for “more player interaction”–is more *direct conflict*. That simply isn’t what Wingspan is about; it is, after all, a game about managing a bird sanctuary. :)

      1. I love the lack of conflict in this game. The fact that it is peaceful with some player interaction make this game wonderful for me and my husband. I noticed that there is a card that steals food from another player, but at least that player can get something from the bird feeder. I hope we will see some additional creative ways to expand on the game. My biggest fear is that the game will go into the “steal a bid from someone / kill a bird on someone’s tableau / destroy eggs of your opponent / etc” route. Please, don’t make this game a mean game.

        1. We won’t, Sylvia–Wingspan isn’t meant to be a game with conflict. There is tension and many reasons to pay attention to other players, but it’s not a game in which players can hurt each other, and it won’t ever be.

  32. I have only just seen this (as I have just got Wingspan for my birthday – what a fantastic game!), so I have put my name on the list and donated separately. Great to see your support.

  33. So excited! I got Wingspan this past Christmas and love it. I just got the European expansion a couple days ago, but I can’t wait for Oceania just for the fact that it probably will have budgerigars in it!

  34. Congratulations on the generous donation. I just looked up Oceania on Wikipedia because I was not sure which countries were officially in Oceania. There are so many fascinating birds in that area! You ciuld easily double the number of cards th ine game with all the birds in Oceania! Can’t wait!

  35. Cool stuff Jamey, very chuffed to see a game featuring NZ birds! Question; do you need the European expansion to play with this one or can you buy just the base game and the Oceania expansion?

  36. I was tempted to enter my personal email address, my work address, my alternate address, and that email address I never use but still have. That would have been a bit evil. Instead, I’m going to go find a place where I can donate those dollars myself!

    Thanks for helping in Australia and for leaking the next expansion!

  37. The European really improved upon the game, and I love the new end of round effects along with birds that can be played sideways and eagles that can be paid for with cards. Curious what the Oceania expansion can add at this point. Will there be a new effect/color on birds?

  38. Amazing! I cannot wait!

    I don’t know if I am alone with this opinion, but I could do it without another plastic insert for the cards. A pack of cards would be sufficient for me and it would also reduce shipping volume, plastic waste, etc.

      1. If the Oceania expansion will add as many cards as the European expansion, and a person only buys Wingspan + Oceania, then they will likely have too many cards to fit inside the original tray.

        Now I know you’d never let such a thing happen, so I’m considering this a miniscule clue regarding what kind of content Oceania will add to the game. :)

        Looking forward to it!

        1. Ah no, the european expansion fits completely in the original tray, so you only need the “european” tray for the other expansions

  39. Very excited! This is the expansion I wanted most. I am fascinated by the birds in Australia & New Zealand, having taken a couple of business trips there in the past few years.

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