Power Grid

Power Grid

Product #RGG240

Regular Price: $44.95

Special Price: $31.99

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Manufacturer: Rio Grande Games

An energetic economic game for 2 to 6 players.


Earning money with electric power? Earning lots of money with electric power? A very good idea!!! Should I use coal or oil to generate power in the old-fashioned or will there be a shortage of those resources in the future? Will there be a future of burning garbage? Certainly nuclear power is very exciting and as long as the government will manage the nuclear waste there will be a lot of profit.


Of course, you can use more ecological friendly power and be independent of resources. But will such power plants be powerful enough for the customers in the future? Naturally, you must watch your competitors to see what plants they build, which cities they have in their net, what resources they depend on, and what new power plants they find interesting.

Contents:
1 Double-sided Game Board (Germany/USA)
49 Power Plant Cards
Money
200+ Wooden Pieces


Ages: 13+
Players: 2-6
Game Length: 120 minutes



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Reviews

If you like ticket to ride, you will like this
This game is similar in the resource style as ticket to ride. Nuclear, coal, solar, wind, substitute the color trains. However, the way the map works makes for a fun game. Better with four or more players. Played this at least a half dozen times and never once was bored with the game play.
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Review by Jonathan on 11/4/2015
Mechanically fantastic, just not my thing.
Has the mechanics of a great game, but it just isn't my thing. Not a game I intend to pick up for my personal collection.
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Review by Mark on 10/16/2015
fun and highly strategic game
Power grid is a great game!
My favorite thing about it is the many different phases during the game, it's unlike any other game I've ever played!
The first phase consists of bidding on power plants. Some are more valuable than others, but how much are you willing to outbid your opponents? Money is very valuable, and if you blow it all in the first round, you won't be able to buy resources to power your plants, or expand to farther cities!
The second phase consists of buying resources for your power plant. As I mentioned before, some power plants are more valuable than others. Some only use 1 or 2 resources, instead of 3 or 4! Others can use either one resource, or the other, and the wind and solar plants don't cost you a thing! As more of the same resource are bought, the more expensive they become. This adds another level of strategy to the game, is it better to buy a power plant that uses only one resource token, but that certain resource is in high demand due to several other people needing it to power their plants? Or, should you buy a more resource hungry plant, but the resource in question is only being purchased by you?
The last phase consists of buying land for new power plants in nearby cities. You must pay a traveling fee, as well as a destination fee to your new power plant lot. Be careful not to get blocked in! The person who can successfully power 10 plants wins the game!
While I thoroughly enjoy this game, I do have a few qualms.
I wish it didn't take quite so long to play, especially when playing with new players or beginners. I also think the paper money could've been changed out for cardboard coins. The paper money is so flimsy and easily gets junky, especially in the hands of certain players (you guys know the type I'm talking about......CARD BENDERS!!).
Overall though, I do like this game a lot. It's great for more advanced players who are looking for something challenging and interactive.
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Review by Jamie Noel on 9/18/2015
A Consistent Favorite
Some games come and go, some games keep coming back to the table. This is one of those that comes back over and over. It is one of my favorites, so much so, that I have work out some of the components of the game, and need to get a new copy soon.

This game has a great mechanic that keeps players from running away with the game when they get ahead, which helps to maintain interest I think in all players, experienced, and new.

With the additional maps and cards that they have put out, this game is always being refreshed, and keeps people interested in playing it over and over.

When I am at gaming conventions, this is one game that I always put out onto the table, and have a full compliment of 6 players in no time.

I recommend this game to be part of your core set of games if you are just starting to build your collection.
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Review by Derek on 9/17/2015
Better than Ticket to Ride
If you're a fan of Ticket to Ride, then you may like this game.

For my family, the most frustrating part of Ticket to Ride is how you can be entirely blocked off from a city, or stopped in your progress to connect to a major city on one of your tickets. In Power Grid, you are not completing routes--only making power plants. You might still have some frustration, but you can always make more connections. There will never be a game where you get blocked out.

Power Grid is an economic game with resource management. Just in real economics, the more people buy a limited non-renewable resource, the higher the prices. You must balance between different resources to make a profit by powering cities while not spending too much money for the resources to power them. This game requires adaptive strategy, but is easy enough for new players to grasp.

The only complaint I have is that the power plant cards are a little flimsy, and the book is not written well for tutorial purposes. It makes a great resource once you understand how to play because everything is pretty easy to find.

Overall, I love the game and I'm glad I have it. I would highly recommend it.
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Review by Jason B. on 9/12/2015