19th century Scotland is the setting for Clans of Caledonia, a big game in a modest-sized box! 1-4 asymmetrical Highland clans compete to earn the most points by producing goods and trading them on a fluctuating stock market. This covers an era when Scotland used its agricultural bases to accelerate industrially.
This is a mid- to heavy-weight Euro-style game by Juma Al-JouJou. If you like games with deep strategy and plenty of ways to score points, you’ll love Clans of Caledonia. There’s elements of farming and network- and route-building involved. At it’s core though, Clans of Caledonia is an action selection game.
A modular board creates the area of Caledonia. There’s a range of terrain separated by rivers and lakes. Players take turns to do one of eight actions (don’t worry, it comes with handy-dandy player aids). Will you build, upgrade, sell goods, buy them in or trade them for lucrative contracts? Coins are vital in Clans of Caledonia – you’ll need them to accomplish your goals! One way to earn cash is to sell resources to the market. Every time you visit the market, prices rise and fall, due to demand.
You’ll want to get as many production units off your player mat and onto the board. At the end of each round, you’ll earn more income depending on how many spaces you’ve unlocked on your mat. Income isn’t coins, alone. It’s bread from placed bakeries, and whisky from placed distilleries. But you’ll only earn cheese if you can trade in milk, and you’ll earn milk by having cows out in your network. You’ll only earn bread and/or whisky if you’ve got grain to spare…
Rounds continue until players pass – usually when they exhaust their income. Bonus modular scoring mechanisms occur at the end of each round. Some of them reward you if you’ve obtained certain quantities of resources. There’s many plates to spin, here!
With so many variables, there’s so much to love and enjoy from Clans of Caledonia, time and time again.
Player Count: 1-4 players
Time: 30-120 minutes