Games today announced the first expansion to Elizabeth
Hargrave’s mega hit Wingspan. Wingspan
took the gaming world by force when it hit in early 2019, combining a huge
variety of gorgeously illustrated cards with simple, elegant gameplay. Wingspan
was quickly the most talked about game, unfortunately making it frequently out
of print, and difficult to find. Winning the illustrious Spiel des Jahres
Kennerspiel award probably did not help matters either.
The European Expansion, also designed by Elizabeth Hargrave, still contains the fantastic art by Ana Maria Martinez Jaramillo, Natalia Rojas, and Beth Sobel. The new birds included in this expansion will use a variety of new abilities, including round-end abilities, more player interactions, and birds that benefit from excess resources. The plan for this expansion, and future additions, it to be seamlessly shuffled into the original cards, creating a larger, more varied game.
Stonemaier has also announced that future copies of Wingspan will include a “swift start promo pack”, which includes a first round walk-through, using specific new bird cards to demonstrate how to play. The back of the Wingspan box will clearly show whether the promo pack is included. This promo pack will be also available for separate order directly from Stonemaier. For more information on the Swift Start Promo Pack, check out Stonemaier’s website here.
The European Expansion for Wingspan will contain a new tray for holding the tremendous quantity of cards, 15 more eggs (purple!), more food resources, and a new scorepad. Pre-orders for this expansion will begin on November 6, and look for the game to hit shelves November 22, 2019. For those lucky enough to attend, limited copies will also be available at Essen in October. For more information, check out Stonemaier’s website on the European Expansion here.
The game is played over 4 rounds with the player with the most points being declared the winner. Habitats (which are actions in the game) are used by birds to perform combinations. Habitats focus on different aspects of growth:
A bird feeder dice tower dispenses food tokens via custom dice
Egg miniatures, in a variety of colors, are used to lay eggs
A deck of cards allows hundreds of unique birds to be drawn and played
Featured game components include:
170 unique bird cards (57x87mm)
26 bonus cards (57x87mm)
16 Automa cards (57x87mm)
103 food tokens
75 egg miniatures
5 custom wooden dice
5 player mats
1 birdfeeder dice tower
2-piece Game Trayz custom tray
1 goal mat
8 goal tiles
1 first-player token
40 action cubes (8 per player)
4 clear plastic resource containers
1 scorepad (50 sheets; 1 sheet used for all players each game)