You can become a powerful and wealthy nation by building Industries, which allow you to produce Commodities. There are six types of Industry tiles: Farms, Generators, Academies, Mines, Factories, and Banks. Each Industry is capable of producing a certain type of Commodity: Food, Energy, Labor, Ore, and Capital (respectively).
Each Commodity has one or more uses in the game. For example, Food is required to “feed” your Industries when they produce, while Capital is used to build certain types of Industries. As you build Industries, you create ever larger Industrial blocks. The larger a Bloc is, the greater your return on investment when the Bloc produces Commodities.
As you build new Industries and earn more money, you acquire Victory Points. The player with the most Victory Points at the end of the game, i.e., the player with the most valuable combination of Industries and money, is the winner.
In Wealth of Nations, you take on the role of a national leader. Your goal is to take your nation from humble beginnings to the status of a world economic superpower.