Clans of Caledonia*

Embark on a captivating journey to 19th-century Scotland in Clans of Caledonia, where the winds of change sweep across the Scottish landscape. As the country transitions from agriculture to industrialization, historic clans play a pivotal role in shaping its destiny. Against this backdrop, players take on the mantle of clan leaders, each with unique abilities, competing to thrive in this era of economic transformation. The game unfolds as a strategic dance of production, trade, and export, with the coveted Scottish whisky at the center of economic endeavors. Now, let's delve into the intricacies of gameplay that define this immersive economic board game.

###Gameplay Overview:

1. Players' Turns:

  • Engage in one of eight possible actions, such as building, upgrading, trading, and exporting. Manage your resources and funds strategically. Once a player runs out of money, they pass, collecting a passing bonus.

2. Production Phase:

  • Harvest the fruits of your economic endeavors. Collect basic resources, refined goods, and cash from the production units strategically placed on the game map. Each production unit generates income, and refined goods require the corresponding basic resources.

3. Round Scoring:

  • Earn Victory Points (VPs) based on the specific scoring tile for the current round. Adapt your strategy to capitalize on the changing scoring conditions.

The game unfolds over five rounds, each comprising these three essential phases.

###Special Features:

  • Historic Clans: Choose from eight unique clans, each endowed with special abilities, adding strategic depth and variety to the gameplay.

  • Modular Board: Explore the diverse Scottish landscape through a modular board with 16 configurations, offering a fresh and engaging experience in each playthrough.

  • Port Bonuses and Round Scoring: Leverage the advantages provided by eight distinct port bonuses and adapt your strategy to the changing landscape with eight round scoring tiles.


Clans of Caledonia presents a captivating blend of history and strategy, where players navigate the complexities of a transforming Scotland. With its thematic richness and strategic intricacies, the game provides an immersive experience of economic competition and cultural evolution. Seize the opportunity to lead your clan to prosperity in this dynamic and engaging exploration of Scotland's industrial age.

Nominated for 12 awards and won 2.

  • 1 - 4 Players
  • 30 - 120 Minutes
  • 12+ years old
  • Medium difficulty

We like Clans of Caledonia so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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