Power Grid board game
Power Grid board game

Power Grid

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Power Grid is the updated release of the Friedemann Friese crayon game Funkenschlag. The latest cooperative publishing effort from Friedemann Friese and Rio Grande Games, removes the crayon aspect from network building in the original editionwhile retaining the fluctuating commodities market like McMulti and an auction round intensity reminiscent of The Princes of Florence.

The object of Power Grid is to supply the most cities with power when someone's network gains a predetermined size. In this new edition, players mark preexisting routes between cities for connection, and then vie against other players to purchase the power plants that you use to supply the power. However, as plants are purchased, newer more efficient plants become available so you?re potentially allowing others to access to superior equipment merely by purchasing at all.

Additionally, players must acquire the raw materials, like coal, oil, garbage, or uranium, to power said plants (except for the highly valuable renewable energy wind/solar plants), making it a constant struggle to upgrade your plants for maximum efficiency while still retaining enough wealth to quickly expand your network to get the cheapest routes.

Power Grid: Recharged Edition will replace Power Grid. Small but meaningful improvements have been made to the game including updated rules to improve game play, an updated player order tracker, new reference cards, and a discount token to enhance power plant auctions. Power Grid: Recharged Edition will be compatible with all previous Power Grid expansions.

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  • The map part of the game is fun, but acquiring the power station cards is a bore, its just a numbers game.
  • Still have yet to play a full game. Seems like it creates interesting strategic choices, but haven't spend enough time with it to figure out strategies, etc. Update - played through once and sort of figured out the rules. It was OK. I think the more I play, the better I will understand the strategy and the more I will like it.
  • Includes:- China/Korea map- New Power Plant cards
  • My first used game purchase. I've got it for €20 and was (and still am) very happy about that.
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Thanks for sharing that! Those are the stories I love hearing. It's even better that it started with family reunions because you have those happy memories associated with the hobby now too. You mentioned a lot of great games - you have me itching to try ones like #Power Grid and #7 Wonders even more now.

Too long story alert!!!!

In 2004 I played #Catan at a family reunion. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and actually ended up stumbling on BGG when looking it up online. But, I didn't buy any games, I was after all only 12, and had better things spend my limited money on. However, I came back home and spoke with my friends about #Catan and about this wierd site that I had found. At that time in my life, once a month, the church would have a potluck. And, it was our custom to stay late after the potluck. We often wouldn't leave until 6-10 p.m. And, we boys, would generally play mass market games during that time. Well, one of my friends, went and got Catan when he heard how good I thought it was. And, we started playing Catan. Soon, we added #Catan: Seafarers Expansion and #Catan: Cities & Knights. We played those and loved them. Slowly, my friends started adding other games. During a period of some years I played a lot of Catan with expansions, #Dominion, #7 Wonders, #Carcassonne, #Empire Builder and, most of all, #Puerto Rico. I played all these games, I really really liked them. But, in a sense I was still not a part of the hobby. I never sought out gaming, I just had fun when we gamed. I never bought, or even really wanted to buy games, I just played when other people had cool games to play.

This happy state of affairs lasted for 12 years, until another family reunion. This family reunion was in 2016. In that reunion my life was changed. I have a cousin who has always had a lot of games, and I would often play games with him at these events. However, two games we played at that reunion stand out starkly to me. The first one is #Power Grid. I had never seen a game with such a dynamic market and I was very intrigued. The second one was #Fief: France 1429. I count this as the game that brought me into the hobby. The broad scope of history in that game, the alliances and betrayals, the jockying for position, the different and overlapping zones of control...... All of that captured and  held me like nothing else I had ever played. I left that reunion, a gamer.

I went home, and it was my birthday the next week. I bought myself #The Castles of Burgundy and my wife bought me the gift of #Dominion: Second Edition. COB was a flop, but Dominion was, and remains, a great hit. Those games were the start of my collection. My collection remains fairly modest, and my tastes in gaming have been refined, but, since that reunion in July of 2016, I have always been a gamer, and I think I always will be.

Nice, I still need to try #Power Grid. I was put off at first but how maths-y it is but as time goes on I think I might enjoy that more than I once though. Have you had a go at #Kemet with the rules updates?

Hey everyone,

Glad to be here.  I'll go with #Power Grid, #Kemet, and #Coup, but I'd like to try #Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan

Anyone in the Bay Area?


On Sunday I played a three player game of #Scythe.

I had a lot of fun and came in second. 

One of the players was a fairly new brother in law. He likes games, but is unfamiliar with hobby board games. But the last several weeks he has been game to try anything, I have seen him tackle:

#Race for the Galaxy

#Power Grid


#Dominion: Intrigue (Second Edition)

He has done very well to ok on every game. He doesn't seem to want to be a "gamer" but he is game for anything. I'm enjoying having him in the family. 


Thursday I played one 2 player game of #Race for the Galaxy.

On Friday I played a 4 player game of #Power Grid.

I lost both games, but I had a lot of fun both times. 

When I got into the hobby I tried really hard to have a strong base and play games that people had deemed as classics. In my opinion while a good game is a good game a lot of those games have been surpassed by a superior game that does the same things in a better way. I would actually use #Agricola as one of the few older games that really stands the test of time. I do think the way it has been streamlined in #Agricola (Revised Edition) makes it easier and eliminates what can be a real glut of sorting through expansion content but while I think it has many games that are similar I think it still stands up. 

I actually think this is one of the best uses of the BGG Top 100 because I think it's difficult for a game to maintain at a high level over time and it's also easy to see the games that have really dropped off. I personally think #7 Wonders holds up well, it isn't even close to my favorite drafting game, due to its player count. I feel similarly about games like #Power Grid and #Race for the Galaxy where there are games that do the same things I like better but they are still good games. I think #Pandemic is one of the best gateway games out there and I'm typically not a fan of co-ops. I think most Rosenburg and Feld games hold up, with some like #Le Havre being as good now as they were when they came out. #El Grande is another game to me that really stands up.

I think games like #Carcassonne #Caylus #Ticket To Ride and #Stone Age would be examples of games that have passed their prime and we now have better games to play that do the same things. 

Some games that I don't necessarily own, but I know and love that fit in this category include.

#Puerto Rico. This game is older, it comes to us from 2002. It was number one on bgg for a while. And, it is still at number 26. This is a superb euro game. I love it, and I love the interactivity you can have with it.

#Power Grid I think this might be Friedeman Friese's heaviest game, not sure about that. But I do know that it is a very fun midweight-euro economic game. Like #Age of Steam you can find a map to fit your player count. It is currently number 36 on the list of the bgg top 100 games of all time.

Coming to us from 1964, we have the game we should all have grown up with in place of Monopoly. This is the classic game #Acquire. This is a dead simple, but fun, mass market(ish) style game. Even considering it's age, it is all the way up at number 257 on BGG.