The Komodo Animals

How we selected the animals for Komodo

First and foremost, the game required animals that inhabit four terrain types, and they needed to be different sizes, in rough accordance with the territories players would be building.  We focused on South Pacific animals both because our company is based in Auckland and because we knew there were many unique and appealing species in our part of the world.  However, our initial set contained a few from Southeast Asia, notably the orangutan, that we soon learned could not be considered Australasian.

New Zealand Fur Seal

Babirusa

Komodo (Photo courtesy of Nina Hofstadler)

Historically, Australasia has been a geopolitical term encompassing just Australia and New Zealand, but we wanted a slightly larger range in order to include primates, unusual birds, and of course the komodo dragon itself, which had become the game’s namesake.  Biology came to the rescue in the form of the Wallace Line, which is used to separate fauna between Australasian and Southeast Asian zones.

All Komodo animals live east of this line, in a zone including Sulawesi, New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.  Within these geographic constraints, we endeavored to select the most diverse set of animals we could in terms of size, type, dietary habits and conservation status.

Why is the game called Komodo?

The Komodo dragon is the largest scoring animal as it requires 25 units of land to house him. Also, Amanda thought the word rolled nicely off the tongue, of which our creature has a rather long specimen.

Our Animals

Click each image below to find out more about our animals!

  • The Babirusa is an animal featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Celebes Macaque is an animal featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Collared Lory is a parrot featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Dingo is an animal featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Dugong is an animal featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Emu is an Australian bird featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Frilled Lizard is an animal featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Fur Seal is an animal featured in the Komodo strategy board game. The Fur seal is found around southern New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia
  • The giant cuttlefish is featured in the Komodo animal species strategy board game
  • The Hector's Dolpin is found around the South Island of New Zealand and is featured in the Komodo species survival strategy game.
  • The Papuan Hornbill is a bird featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The New Zealand Kiwi is a bird featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Koala is an Australian animal featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Komodo dragon is the largest creature featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Little Blue Penguin is featured in the Komodo strategy board game and is found in New Zealand, Southern Australia and the Chatham Islands.
  • The Platypus is an eastern Australian mammal featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Australian Quokka is an animal featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Eastern Quoll is found is Tasmania and is an animal featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The coastal Taipan is a snake featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Tarsier is a south east asian animal featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Tasmanian Devil is found in Tasmania and is an animal featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Thorny Devil is a reptile found in Australia and is featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Tuatara is a New Zealand reptile featured in the Komodo strategy board game
  • The Weta is found mainly in the Southern Hemisphere and is featured in the Komodo strategy board game

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