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Power Grid

English language edition of Funkenschlag


List Price: $44.95
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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 120 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Friedemann Friese

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, 2F Spiele

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Product Description

This is the new and improved (rules and graphics!) Funkenschlag from Friedemann Friese. Players compete to build the best network of power lines and stations, choosing which cities to supply and what sources of power to use.

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May 19, 2006
Power Grid is a medium-weight strategy game with auctions, markets, and connections of cities.
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Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Advanced Strategy Game Nominee, 2005
Spiel des Jahres
Recommended, 2005
International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2004

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Friedemann Friese

  • Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, 2F Spiele

  • Artist(s): Maura Kalusky

  • Year: 2004

  • Players: 2 - 6

  • Time: 120 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 1,305 grams

  • Current Sales Rank: #209

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #43

  • 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 English.

Contents:

  • 1 two-sided gameboard (Germany / USA)
  • 132 wooden houses
  • 84 wooden tokens
  • money
  • 5 summary cards
  • 43 power plant cards
Power Grid has the following expansions available:
Spielbox 2014 Issue #1
English language edition (Preorder)
$12.99
Power Grid: Australia & Indian Subcontinent
List: $14.95 $11.99 (20% savings!)

Spielbox 2013 issue 1
English language edition
$1.00
Power Grid: Europe/United Kingdom & Ireland
List: $19.95 $15.99 (20% savings!)

Power Grid: Italy/France
List: $14.95 $11.99 (20% savings!)
Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards
card expansion 1 (Temporarily Out of Stock)
List: $11.95 $9.60 (20% savings!)

Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe
English language edition of Funkenschlag: Benelux/Zentraleuropa
List: $14.95 $11.99 (20% savings!)
Power Grid: China/Korea Expansion
English language edition of Funkenschlag: China/Korea
List: $14.95 $11.99 (20% savings!)

Power Grid: Brazil / Spain & Portugal
English language edition
List: $24.95 $19.99 (20% savings!)
Power Grid: The Robots
List: $9.99 $7.99 (20% savings!)

Power Grid: Québec / Baden-Württemberg
List: $14.95 $11.99 (20% savings!)
You might be interested in these related products as well:
Power Grid Deluxe: Europe/North America
English version of Funkenschlag Deluxe
List: $79.95 $63.99 (20% savings!)

Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 4.4 in 22 reviews


 
 
 
 
 
I've Got the Power!
July 21, 2009

Power Grid makes the seemingly dull world of electricity and power feel energizing. There is a heavy reliance on math, and it may be good to have a calculator handy in case you can't do the sums in your head that fast, but there are many things to occupy your mind with this game. Deciding which plants to invest in, which to keep, how best to maximize your energy resources, and which cities you can power and win are key. It is all in the timing and the placement with this game and the more people you play with the more challenging it gets.

The game comes with a double-sided map (USA on one side and Germany on the other). With other power plant expansion decks and additional country maps available, you will never grow weary of this game. It has an extremely understated box design, with a truly scientific yet satisfied looking professional who is simply twisting a knob to power his plant. The inside of the box continues with this stark design, but don't let it fool you. There is a lot of strategy and ingenious game design packed inside this power-cell game.

The game play is addicting and the game itself is almost always at the top of all the gamer "best" lists. Don't judge this book by its cover, Power Grid packs a wallop.

 
 
 
 
 
by Teal R.
Great game
April 15, 2009

I love this game. I've been playing it almost non-stop.

Me and my friends play with one additional rule that isn't in the rule book though: We add an additional cost of 10 euros for the third city, 20 for the fourth, 30 for the fifth, ect. This stops people from rushing to the target number of cities as soon as they can power more then any other player that turn.

 
 
 
 
 
Absolutely wonderful
August 12, 2008

Without going into the rules, Power Grid is a great game that requires thought, planning, and no small amount of cunning.

I'm not sure about some of the comments here... there is no race to buy power plants because you are only allowed 3 max. You really need to plan ahead to be able to power as many cities as possible.

You constantly have to make difficult choices... if you buy a power plant and free up a space in the market, you give your opponents the opportunity to buy a BETTER plant. If someone raises the bid on a plant, do you raise? Will you have enough money to buy the fuel you will need? Should you over buy fuel to drive up the price for others, even though you may end up paying more the next time you buy?

There are so many tactics and strategies that the game never gets old.

The only downside is that the rules are badly written, making the game seem more complicated than it is. You can download a rules summary and player-aid at www.boadgamegeek.com.

You need this game.


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