How many Wingspan expansions are there?

There are currently three Wingspan Expansions. According to Stonemaier Games, they intend to produce an expansion for each continent.

Wingspan Expansion 1 is the European Expansion.

Wingspan Expansion 2 is the Oceania Expansion.

Wingspan Expansion 3 has not had its continent announced yet but there is community speculation that it could be an African Expansion.

Wingspan Expansion 4 has not had any type of information released about it.

Is the Next Wingspan Expansion Africa?

There is some community speculation that Wingspan Expansion 3 could be the African Expansion. The continent for the next Wingspan Expansion has not yet been announced by Stonemaier Games.

On April 1st, 2022, Jamey Stegmaier published a blog post on the Stonemaier Games Blog titled, Silly but Real: April Fools 2022 for Stonemaier Games. Included in the blog post is the related YouTube video, “My Top 10 Favorite Pets in Game Boxes”.

At 11:16 of the video, we see Jamey’s Cat, Walter, standing in the lid for the upcoming Wingspan Nesting Box. We can see an ostrich on the lid and some people speculate that this is a hint from Jamey that Africa will be the focus of the next Wingspan Expansion. There are currently two living species of Ostrich and they both live in Africa. What do you think?

Wingspan Expansion Africa Next Expansion

In November of 2021, Elizabeth Hargrave, the creator of Wingspan, tweeted that the game had sold over 1 million copies.

On April 7th, 2022, Stonemaier Games posted their annual stakeholder report which states that Wingspan has sold 1,410,539 units.

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Wingspan Expansion News as of April 14th, 2022

Wingspan Nesting Box will release early Q4 of 2022

Stonemaier Game’s Blog concerning the Nesting Box

From Stonemaier’s blog: “Release Details: The Nesting Box will be available for preorder from Stonemaier Games in early Q4 2022, followed within a few weeks by preorder fulfillment from fulfillment centers in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. The Nesting Box will not be available from retailers.”

Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games has stated that the next release for Wingspan will be the “Nesting Box,” a big box storage solution for current and future expansions of Wingspan. The Nesting Box design is complete, and it is a frequent topic discussed during Jamey’s weekly streams.

In his Sept. 8th Facebook Livecast, Jamey stated that the Wingspan Nesting Box is pretty much ready to enter into production, and they were planning for a Spring 2022 release. However, the current freight shipping cost doesn’t make it feasible to produce right now. As shipping costs currently are, they would add about $20.00 US to the cost of the box.

Jamey suspects that the Nesting Box will probably end up releasing with the next physical expansion of Wingspan. He stated that this isn’t something he wanted to do, but now he thinks they have to. You will still be able to buy the Nesting Box and the subsequent expansion separately, but you will also be able to buy them together.

This means that the release of the Nesting Box is dependent on the release of the next Wingspan Expansion. Jamey stated that “if freight shipping prices drop by quite a bit, we will enter production right away on the Wingspan Nesting Box.”

In his September 29th and October 27th Facebook Livecasts, Jamey reinforced several of these points again. He also stated definitively that the design of the Wingspan Nesting Box is complete.

In his December 1st Facebook Livecast, Jamey stated that the Wingspan Nesting Box will release alongside Wingspan Expansion 3 and that they will probably release in Q3/Q4 of 2022.

In His March 30th Facebook Livecast, Jamey stated that they intend to do “pre-order/release” early Q4 2022 for the Nesting Box. He estimates “early October”. The 1st printing of the Nesting Box will include Wingspan Expansion 3.

Digital Wingspan European Expansion / Oceania Expansion

On April 14th, 2022, Monster Couch announced that the European Expansion would release in on May 5th!

Monster Couch staff have also stated their intent to produce the Oceania Expansion but have not given any other information about it.

Wingspan as an Intellectual Property (IP)

Jamey Stegmaier recently wrote in The 5 Year Plan for Stonemaier Games :

“We’ll probably lean more into what works without redundancy. I think the Azul series of games has done a great job of this–each game is unique but also familiar. I’d love to revisit the 1920+ world of Scythe someday with Jakub Rozalski, and Wingspan would be fun to explore in new ways as well with Elizabeth Hargrave.”

This suggests that he is open to working with Elizabeth Hargrave to someday make a new and different game using the Wingspan IP.

Wingspan Board Game Expansion Three will be released sometime in Q4 of 2022

On 2/17/22, Elizabeth Hargrave sent out her latest newsletter in which she stated:

“Playtesting is done on the 3rd Wingspan expansion. There is still a lot of work to be done, and who knows what the global manufacturing and shipping situation will be this year…but Stonemaier’s prediction is that it will be out in the 3rd quarter of 2022.”

According to Stonemaier Game’s progress chart for all of its games in development (as of April 1st, 2022), Wingspan Expansion 3 has completed Development, Blind Playtesting, Solo Design, and Graphic Design. It has entered Pre-Production and Components. Wingspan Expansion 3 is currently projected to be released in Q4.

In his Sept. 8th Facebook Livecast, Jamey stated that he does not know when the next Wingspan expansion will release.

In his Oct. 27th Facebook Livecast, Jamey stated that the next Wingspan Expansion is making good progress. He had recently playtested it and said that “the expansion is looking really, really good.” He thinks they will enter production by the end of the year (2021).

In his Dec. 1st Facebook Livecast, Jamey stated that the Wingspan Nesting Box will release alongside Wingspan Expansion 3 and that they will probably release in Q3/Q4 of 2022.

In His March 30th Facebook Livecast, Jamey stated that they intend to do “pre-order/release” early Q4 2022 for the Nesting Box. He estimates “early October”. The 1st printing of the Nesting Box will include Wingspan Expansion 3.

April 2020 Stonemaier Games Progress Chart

A wild food symbol does not count for Rodentologist, Viticulturalist, Fishery Manager, Food Web Expert, or Bird Feeder. The bird’s food cost must have the appropriate food symbol to count. See the text at the bottom of these bonus cards.

fishery manager wingspan

 

 

 

 

If a bird has a wild food symbol, it does count for Omnivore Specialist.

  • Page 10 of the core rulebook covers pink powers.
  • Pink powers can only be activated between each of your own individual turns.
    • Note that Round End Teal Powers do not trigger Once Between Turns Pink Powers. This is covered on Page 4 of the Wingspan European Expansion rulebook.
    • For more on Pink Powers, see our rankings here: Ranking Wingspan’s 22 Pink Powered Birds

There are many different types of cards sleeves that work for Wingspan cards. Wingspan cards are 57x87mm, so they need a sleeve that accommodates these dimensions. Your choice will ultimately boil down to personal preference.

We use Fantasy Flight “Greens” (FFSo3) Standard American Board Game Sleeves to sleeve our Wingspan Cards. They are 57x89mm. The extra length of these sleeves is a little annoying and can be a slight nuisance when placing your cards on the player mat, but they are very durable and feel great in my hands. These sleeves are currently out of print and are becoming more difficult to track down.

Other people have reported that they like Mayday Chimera “Orange” sleeves which are 57.5 x 89mm, although there are some reports of slight size inconsistencies sleeve to sleeve.

When a predator succeeds at its power, it means that it successfully cached food, tucked a card, or otherwise worked despite a potential chance at failure. Many predator powers do not succeed 100% of the time.

One example would be Great Horned Owl, which looks at the top card of the deck and tucks that card if it has a wingspan less than 100 cm. This power succeeds about 89% of the time. Since the Owl has the predator tag (“skull and crossbones” symbol), if it tucks a card from its power, that counts as a success.

Another example would be Willet, which rolls all dice outside the birdfeeder and caches a fish if one is rolled. If Willet caches a fish, that counts as success. At four dice, this power is successful about 50% of the time. Since Willet has the predator tag (“skull and crossbones” symbol), if it caches food from its power, that counts as a success.

A less obvious predator power success would be using Montagu’s Harrier’s ability to be played on top of another bird without paying food to do it. Since it has the predator tag (“skull and crossbones” symbol), using this power counts as a success. This power technically succeeds 100% of the time when you use it.

Another less obvious power success would be using Northern Goshawk’s ability to tuck up to two cards instead of using rats to pay for its food cost. If an opponent substitutes even a single tuck for a rat while playing the Goshawk, that counts as a success since it has the predator tag (“skull and crossbones” symbol).

What does the skull symbol mean in Wingspan?

The skull symbol, or “skull and crossbones” symbol, means that a particular bird counts as a “Predator.” Page 10 of the Core Set rule book covers this.

Wingspan Core Set

Scissor Tailed Flycatcher is the bird on the front of the Wingspan core set box.

Wingspan European Expansion

Snowy Owl is the bird on the front of the Wingspan European Expansion box.

Wingspan Oceania Expansion

Laughing Kookaburra is the bird on the front of the Wingspan Oceania Expansion box.

The Wingspan Oceania Expansion rule book covers the rules for Nectar on pages 2 and 3.

Wingspan Oceania Rules for Using Nectar

 

 

Wingspan Oceania Rules for Nectar - Not a Wild Food

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wingspan Oceania Nectar Rules - Where to Put Spent Nectar

The cards with the shaded corners are from the Wingspan Swift Start Pack. Page 3 of the current version of the core set rulebook covers these cards (see image below).

The earliest copies of the game released between January and August of 2019 didn’t include the Wingspan Swift Start Pack. However, copies of the game sold after that do include these cards and an updated rule book.

You can confirm what version you have by looking at the serial number on the back of the box. Early versions of Wingspan will have the serial number STM900 and do not include this pack. Newer versions which include the Wingspan Swift Start Pack, will have the serial number STM910.

If your copy of the game did not include the Wingspan Swift Start Pack and you would like to have it, you can purchase it directly from Stonemaier Games through their website: Stonemaier Games Wingspan Swift Start Pack

 

Wingspan Board Game Swift Start Pack - Shaded Corners

Photographer Bonus Card

The Photographer Bonus Card states that the following colors qualify:

  • Ash
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Bronze
  • Brown
  • Cerulean
  • Chestnut
  • Ferruginous
  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Green
  • Indigo
  • Lazuli
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Rose
  • Roseate
  • Ruby
  • Ruddy
  • Rufous
  • Snowy
  • Violet
  • White
  • Yellow

European Expansion Appendix

Page 2 of the European Expansion Appendix states that the following colors qualify for the Photographer Bonus Card:

  • Coal
  • Grey
  • Honey ****Note that Page 4 of the Oceania Expansion rule book has errata’ed honey not to qualify.****

Oceania Expansion Rule Book

Page 4 of the Oceania Expansion rule book states that the following colors qualify for the Photographer Bonus Card:

  • Crimson
  • Orange
  • Pink
  • Rufous
  • Silver
  • Sulphur
  • Tawny

****Page 4 states that: “The European Expansion rulebook erroneously includes honey as a term for the Photographer bonus card. Honey does not count as a color word.”

***As a general rule, lewd “adult humor” words do not qualify, as they are not actually body parts possessed by the birds***

The Anatomist Bonus Card

The wording on the Anatomist Bonus Card states that the following body parts qualify:

  • Beak
  • Belly
  • Bill
  • Breast
  • Cap
  • Chin
  • Collar
  • Crest
  • Crown
  • Eye
  • Face
  • Head
  • Neck
  • Rump
  • Shoulder
  • Tail
  • Throat
  • Wings

European Expansion Appendix

Page 2 of the European Expansion Appendix states that the following body parts qualify for the Anatomist Bonus Card:

  • Back
  • Leg
  • Toe

Oceania Expansion Rule Book

Page 4 of the Oceania Expansion Rule Book states that the following body parts qualify for the Anatomist Bonus Card:

  • Back
  • Ear
  • Foot
  • Head
  • Mouth
  • Wattle

The official explanation for this Wingspan end-of-round goal is on page 3 of the Core Appendix.

 

Wingspan Sets of Eggs End of Round GoalIf you have:

  • 1 egg in your Wetland row AND
  • 1 egg in your Grasslands row AND
  • 1 egg in your Forest row…

You have 1 set of eggs that counts for this goal.

Column positions are not relevant when determining these sets of eggs; see image below.

 

Wingspan Round Goal: Sets of EggsEXAMPLE IMAGE:

  • Blue Eggs = 1 Set
  • Purple Eggs = 1 Set

There are TWO total sets in this image.

 

Currently, there are only three birds that count as double for end of round goals. Cetti’s Warbler, Graylag Goose, and Eurasian Green Woodpecker. Their teal power gives them this ability at the end of each round.

  • Page 10 of the European Expansion Appendix talks about these birds.
  • If these cards are in your hand at the end of the round, they do not count as double. To gain the effects of a power, the card must have already been played on the board.
  • These birds only count double for round goals that specifically count birds.
  • If a round goal is looking for birds it will have this symbol:End of Round Goal FAQ

When does a bird count as double for end of round bonuses?

Birds Played Sideways

Birds that are played sideways do not count as double. They are literally a single bird that fills up two slots on the board. They say nothing about counting as double.

  • Page 10 of the European Expansion Appendix talks about these birds.

When does a sideways bird count as double for end of round bonuses?

Zero Dice in the Birdfeeder

Any time there are zero dice in the birdfeeder. This reroll occurs immediately as soon as the birdfeeder is empty.

Dice Showing the Same Face

Any time the dice all show the same face and you are about to select a food die from the birdfeeder for any reason.

This is true even if there is only a single die in the birdfeeder.

Split food die faces (Seed/Invertebrate, Nectar/Seed, Nectar/Fruit) count as a unique face.

“Any reason” includes:

  • Bird powers that let you take dice from the birdfeeder.
  • Taking a food die from the birdfeeder as a part of the Gain Food Action.

Official Wingspan Rule Book

Page 7 of the core rule book covers rerolling.

Managing the Birdfeeder Wingspan FAQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oceania Expansion: Spending Food to Reset the Birdfeeder

Certain spaces on the Oceania play mat allow you to spend one food to reset the birdfeeder. The actions on these spaces need to be followed in order, as defined on page 3 of the OE rule book.

Here is the order of events and what your options are:

a. Decide to take the Gain Food Action and place your action cube on the appropriate space.

b. If you’re using the Oceania Expansion mats and you’re placing your cube on the 2nd or 4th space, you have the option of spending one food to reroll the birdfeeder.

Wingspan Oceania Expansion - Rerolling the Birdfeeder

 

 

 

c. You are now going to select a food die. At this point, if all of the dice show the same face, you may reroll the birdfeeder (yes, for the 2nd time; this is a special action that is allowed once per action cube placement). This is covered on page 7 of the core rules. Select your 1st food die, remove it from the birdfeeder, and claim the appropriate food token from the general supply.

d. Continue selecting food dice as allowed by the space you activated.

e. For each die selection, if you haven’t done so already, you may reroll the birdfeeder any time the dice all show the same face.

 

 

 

Yes.

Star nests are wild and count as all nest types.

  • Page 8 of the Core Rulebook and Page 8 of the Appendix cover nest types and how Star Nests interact with them.
  • Page 5 of the Appendix covers Nest/Egg related bonuses and how star nests interact with them.

Does a star nest count for...?

Yes.

The word “may” offers you a choice. You do not have to cache the food if you do not want to.

 

Have a Wingspan question that you’d like to see answered here? Leave it in the comments section below.

9 Comments

  1. Julie

    When the power states, “Draw 2 cards. Discard 1 card from your hand at the end of your turn.”, are the 2 new cards considered part of your hand or should you discard from the cards you had in your hand before you drew the 2 new cards?

    • Hello Julie,

      Once you draw the two cards, they are a part of your hand. When it is time to discard one, select one from your hand, if there are any left.

  2. Ryan

    Hi Jason and Lisa,

    What is the highest score either of you have ever gotten (or have seen someone else get) in Wingspan?? I am very curious to know what the upper limits of the game can be in terms of engine building.

    Thanks!

    • Hello Ryan,

      In the core only metagame I’ve managed to score 133 twice and 132 once. Kinda funny how that works out. I believe Lisa holds the house record at 142 with the Oceania Expansion.

      If you do some digging in the official Wingspan Facebook group, I think the current confirmed record is like 162….

      • Ryan

        That is very interesting, thank you!

        Do you recall which strategies you employed on your high scores (tuck/egg spam, etc.)? Curious if either of you have a favorite engine/strategy, or if there is a strategy for scoring points that is widely accepted as dominant!

        • I don’t think I really have a favorite strategy. I just try to win each game with what I’ve been dealt. The highest scoring games have several things in common:

          The Power 4
          A Repeat bird
          Tucking Birds (powered by Killdeer/Franklin’s Gull in the Grasslands)
          Luck with bonus cards
          Luck with drawing a high volume of high VP birds

          Stacking food gaining effects along with sustainable tucking in the Grasslands generally seems to be the strongest strategy in the current metagame.

          Good strategy can consistently get you to 90-110 points. Good strategy plus the Power 4 can get you to 120. Good strategy plus the Power 4 plus good luck will take you even further, to 130+

  3. Paul Towne

    What’s the maximum the Ecologist bonus card can score? The rules say you can have a 3-way tie (for example 3 birds in each biome), and in that case would you score 2 points for every bird on your board? (for example 18pts)

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