Review of: Clans
Board Game by:
Leo Colovini
Rio Grande Games 2002'

Reviewed by:
On February 22, 2013
Last modified:September 13, 2018


A short review and look inside the box of the out of print board game Clans . Published by Rio Grande Games and Winning Moves in 2002'

An Overview of Clans the Board Game

Clans the board game was published in 2002′ by Rio Grande Games, Winning Moves, and the Venice Connection. Designed by Leo Colovini. Clans is currrently out of print, and a very rare board game. The theme is stone age. It is an abstract board game with an area control mechanic.

Clans Board Game Cover

Leo Colovini has designed other titles including:

  • Inkognito (1988′)
  • Cartagena (2000′)
  • Carolus Magnus (2000′)
  • Corsari (2003′)
  • The Bridges of Shagri-La (2003′)




This game has won several awards:

  • 2003 Deutscher Spiele Preis Best Family/Adult Game 3rd Place
  • 2003 Kinderspielexperten “8-to-13-year-olds” Nominee
  • 2003 Nederlandse Spellenprijs Nominee
  • 2003 Spiel der Spiele Hit für Familien Recommended
  • 2003 Spiel des Jahres Nominee

clans board game box board and pieces

Clans Contents and Features:

  • 12 very unique wooden  huts in 5 colors
  • 5 scoring markers
  • 12 village chits
  • 5 carcassonne like tiles
  • 1 large game board.
  • Playable for 2-4 players
  • 30 minutes of play time

Clans inside of box

Clans Deep Abstract with Stone Age Theme

Clans seems pretty simple on its surface, but it offers a very deep level of abstract strategy.

Clans has been referred to as “espionage in the stone age“. It is a well designed stone age themed abstract board game with an area control mechanic. You must use deduction to find out what color the other players are. While at the same time using bluffing to try to hide your true colors.

I rated this 4 stars for its cool theme, rareness factor, and high quality components. Why not 5 stars? I like a lot of components and Clans does not have a lot. But the lack of numerous components is part of the appeal. The short play time makes this a great filler game.

Looking for a copy?

If you are looking for a copy check out this Amazon listing.  This game is indeed a very rare board game and near impossible to find in brand new condition at this time.


Have you played Clans?  Please comment below and tell me what you like most about Clans?