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Power Grid: the Stock Companies
 
 
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Power Grid: the Stock Companies


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Ages Play Time Players
13+ 120 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Friedemann Friese

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

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To play this game, you must have:

Power Grid English language edition of Funkenschlag Out of Stock

Power Grid Deluxe: Europe/North America English version of Funkenschlag Deluxe Out of Stock

Product Description

The expansion Power Grid: The Stock Companies offers players a completely new game experience, specifically three new ways to play either Power Grid or Power Grid Deluxe.

The main game is The Stock Companies: As shareholders, the players want to get control over different stock companies so they can acquire the greatest wealth.

The two variants are a little bit closer to the well-known Power Grid experience.

• The Biggest Electricity Distributors: In this first variant the players are shareholders who try to get shares of the most successful companies: the companies that supply electricity to the most cities.

• The Competition of the Private Companies: In this second variant the players control their private stock companies and try to establish them successfully on the electricity market. They sell shares of their own companies to generate more cash and they are able to buy shares of other players’ companies. Thus, they can also earn a portion of the other players’ successes.

If you own all Power Grid maps and the expansion New Power Plants, this expansion offers 222 new possibilities to play Power Grid and Power Grid deluxe.

The rules for this expansion are based on module 9 "Shares" of the game 504. As 504 is a modular game system, we are able to take that module and mix it with Power Grid. The results are three different options to play this expansion. For the main game, we focused on the first option of the shares module, so you will discover a lot of surprises. Both variants are a little bit closer to the well-known Power Grid experience; they are for gamers who want to experiment with the game system.

Product Information

Contents:

1 Collector's box 55 cards (54 shares, 1 starting player card) 1 share values board 6 stock company boards 7 wooden share value tokens 1 rules sheet
This game has the following expansions available:

Power Grid: Brazil / Spain & Portugal English language edition Out of Stock

Power Grid: China/Korea Expansion English language edition of Funkenschlag: China/Korea Out of Stock

Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe English language edition of Funkenschlag: Benelux/Zentraleuropa Out of Stock

Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards card expansion 1 Out of Stock

Spielbox 2013 issue 1 English language edition Out of Stock

Spielbox 2014 Issue #1 English language edition Out of Stock

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Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 4.4 in 22 reviews

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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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
 
 
 
 
 
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.

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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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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