Clans of Caledonia review

Clans of Caledonia Board Game Review


Name: Clans of Caledonia

BGG Weight: 3.46 / 5

Year Published: 2017

Publisher: Karma Games

Designer: Juma Al-JouJou

Number of Players: 1-4

Playing Time: 30-120 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Economic, Strategy, Farming, Territory Building

Board Game Mechanics: Commodity Speculation, Contracts, Market, Modular Board, Network and Route Building


Strategy: 9.2

Complexity: 7.8

Player Interaction: 7.5

Replayability: 8.5

Game Rating: 8.9

Cost: 6.0


Weight Rating: (7.8 + 9.2) = 17.0

Playability Rating: [(8.5 + 7.5 + 8.9) – 7.8] = 17.1

Play Rating Score: (17.0 + 17.1) * 2 = 68.2

Value Rating: 68.2 / 6.0 = 11.37

Final Score Rating: 68.2 + 11.37 = 79.57


Clans of Caledonia is a fantastic strategy board game that simulates the economic and agricultural growth of Scottish clans during the 19th century. The game features a variety of mechanics that create an intricate web of strategy and decision making, from worker placement to market trading to variable player powers. Players must manage resources and build their own economy while competing with other clans for territory and resources.

One of the strengths of Clans of Caledonia is its high replayability. Each game is unique in its gameplay and potential outcomes due to the randomized placement of resources and the various clan abilities available. The game also offers a great level of complexity and strategy, requiring numerous player game-altering decisions throughout the game.

The game can be played with 1-4 players, and the player interaction rating reflects that the game does offer some interaction between players, but it is not constant or numerous. The game does not offer a solo or cooperative play mode.

Overall, Clans of Caledonia is an excellent economic and strategy board game that will provide hours of entertainment for players who enjoy the complexity of decision-making games.

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