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English language edition

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Leo Colovini

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Venice Connection

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Product Description

The game is set in late pre-history, a time of transition -- when our distant ancestors, who had struggled and barely survived for ages in very small nomadic groups, began to feel their lives would be more secure and less arduous if they formed larger groups.

This led to the formation of the first villages. Clans has easy rules, but is very challenging. the players try to distribute their huts so they score often and large numbers. But they must keep their color secret from their opponents...

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Abstract Strategy Game, 2004
Spiel des Jahres
Finalist, 2003
Deutscher Spiele Preis
3rd Place, 2003

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Leo Colovini

  • Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Venice Connection

  • Year: 2002

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 30 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 741 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English).


  • 60 huts
  • 5 secret clan cards
  • 5 small scoring discs
  • 12 village chips
  • 1 rules sheet

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.3 in 18 reviews

by Scala
Another Leo Colovini treat!
September 02, 2004

After thinking what a clever game Cartagena is, we were eager to try Clans. We were not disappointed! It has all the ingredients of a great game:

1) Easy to teach (though I had difficulty learning the first time from reading the rules),

2) Quick to play (about 30 minutes),

3) No luck involved - just pure strategy and anticipation,

4) No 2 games the same.

5) Makes you immediately want to play again.

We highly recommend both games!

Simple, elegant, off beat
July 23, 2003

This is a great little game. I haven't played Alhambra yet, but it must be quite a game to have beaten out Clans for the Spiele Des Jahres honors. Clans is simple to learn and play, but the strategy is elusive. It doesn't play like any other game I have -- a bit off beat. There are enough tactics and strategy for hard core gamers, but a good amount of bluffing and guessing for the socially savy. The game plays in 20-30 mintues, and it is well made and attractive.

Can be played with young children
July 02, 2003

We successfully played this game with a bright 5-year old (who cannot read yet). Engaging for the adults, but simple enough that the child could truly participate. He finds the game materials very attractive. Turns proceed quickly, and each one involves movement. Our child was, at first, intimidated by the secret color assignment. After we played a game with the color assignment in the open, he was comfortable enough with the mechanics to allow this important twist to be thrown in.

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