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2004
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2 − 6
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Best with 4–5 players
Recommended with 3–6 players
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12 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
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12+
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No necessary in-game text
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Power Grid
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Funkenschlag
Haute Tension
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Reţeaua Energetică
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Power Grid is the updated release of the Friedemann Friese crayon game Funkenschlag. It removes the crayon aspect from network building in the original edition, while retaining the fluctuating commodities market like Crude: The Oil Game and an auction round intensity reminiscent of The Princes of Florence.

The objective 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 pre-existing routes between cities for connection, and then bid against each other to purchase the power plants that they use to power their cities.

However, as plants are purchased, newer, more efficient plants become available, so by merely purchasing, you're potentially allowing others access to superior equipment.

Additionally, players must acquire the raw materials (coal, oil, garbage, and uranium) needed to power said plants (except for the 'renewable' windfarm/ solar plants, which require no fuel), 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.

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Power Grid FAQ - Please read this before posting a rules question! Many questions are asked over and over in the forums... If you have a question about a specific expansion, please check the rules forum or FAQ for that particular expansion.

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Components:

  • 1 Gameboard
  • 132 wooden houses (22 Each in 6 Different Colors)
  • 84 wooden resource tokens:
    • 24 coal (brown)
    • 24 oil (black)
    • 24 garbage (yellow)
    • 12 uranium (red)
  • Money (Elektros)
  • 6 summary cards
  • 43 power plant cards
  • 1 'Step 3' card
  • Rulebook

Cards/Sleeves:

  • 49 cards @ 69 x 69mm / Square

Re-implements:

Re-implemented by:

  • Funkenschlag: EnBW – German edition with a Baden-Württemberg/Germany board.
  • Mégawatts – French edition by Filosofia, with a Québec/France board.

Official expansions:

Dutch Expansions:

Promotional cards:

Notes:

The expansions France/Italy, Benelux/Central Europe, China/Korea, Brazil/Spain & Portugal, Russia/Japan, Québec/Baden-Württemberg, Northern Europe/United Kingdom & Ireland and Australia & Indian Subcontinent include new double-sided game boards. These change the game by not only changing the characteristics of the geography, but also by changing the rules for power plant availability, resource availability, tying plant ownership and/or resource availability and/or price to geographic regions on the map, etc.

The Funkenschlag: EnBW and Mégawatts editions are the standard base game bundled with different boards (Baden-Württemberg/Germany and Québec/France respectively.) The Baden-Württemberg and Québec maps are available separately in a limited expansion Québec/Baden-Württemberg. The USA/Germany map (provided as part of the standard base game) is not available separately to owners of those editions.

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Power Grid
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Greek first edition
Publisher: Kaissa Chess & Games
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Year: 2015
Product Code: KA111755
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Edge French first edition
Publisher: Edge Entertainment
Artist: Lars-Arne "Maura" Kalusky
Year: 2015
Product Code: UBIHTB01
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Release Date: May 2015
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Galápagos Brazilian first edition
Publisher: Galápagos Jogos
Artist: Lars-Arne "Maura" Kalusky
Year: 2015
Product Code: PWG001
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Giochi Uniti Italian edition 2013
Publisher: Giochi Uniti
Artist: Antonio Dessi, Lars-Arne "Maura" Kalusky
Year: 2013
Product Code: GU120
Size: 14.65 x 10.71 x 2.20 inches
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Rio Grande English edition 2012
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Artist: Lars-Arne "Maura" Kalusky
Year: 2012
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
2.78 pounds
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1 Fixed connection costs for USA, Benelux and Northern Europe
Three stickers fixing the wrong connection costs from Cheyenne to Boise (USA map), Brugge to Antwerpen (Benelux map), and Göteborg to København (Northern Europe map). (Posted with permission from Henning Kröpke. Not an official release.)
2015-11-08
3 Resource replenishment charts for plexi holder
This is a set of resource replenishment charts for the custom plexiglass resource tracker shown here https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2704025/power-grid. This file includes the charts for all official maps (current to Oct-2015). A blank sheet is also included for making charts for other maps. Players are free to copy this file and make and submit charts on their own if they wish.
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2015-11-02
1 Area Randomiser Tables -- US and Germany
The Power Grid game rules leave it up to players to decide on how to determine the areas to use in any particular game. I have decided to come up with a way to randomly choose starting areas. By using the randomiser tables, you can just roll dice to determine starting areas. I came up with these tables so that when determining which areas to use, every possible combination of areas will have an equal chance of being used. The tables list all legal combination of areas for a 3, 4 or 5 area game. Simply roll the dice indicated on the table and look up the list of areas. Where the table says, "Re-roll", re-roll all dice until a result other that "Re-roll" comes up.
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2015-06-28
6 Unused Region Marker
This is the svg I made that I used to make the 3D model. If you wanted to you could just take this and CNC it or laser cut it out.
English
2015-02-23
18 Power Grid rule summary
A rule summary of power grid with the help of the summaries from GabrielGeek and matty0226.
English
2015-01-15
7 Power Grid setup and special rules
Setup card with special rules (lowest numbered power plant, Step 3). Double sided.
English
2014-12-08
4 Règle Power Grid Funkenschlag en Français
Règles retravaillées pour gagner en clarté. Ces règles incluent les précisions de la FAQ et détaillent l'arrivée de la période 3.
French
2014-11-27
13 Power Grid Polish Rules for All Expansions / Polskie zasady dla wszystkich dodatków
Spolszczenie reguł do wszystkich dodatków i kart promocyjnych do Wysokiego napięcia. / Polish translation of rules for all Power Grid expansions and promo cards. The Speicherkraftwerke is also included, but Atolla Modulis and robots are not included (only special rules for robots are included). I've spent many hours to make sure there's nothing missing and all information are accurate. However, in case you found anything wrong in my file, I'll be very thankful for letting me know about that. I've created my file on base of great work done by atwar in order not to invent the wheel from scratch. But I've slightly changed every section and added much more (beside the latest addons and cards). I also dug forums in for any strange or special cases and these are also included here. Enjoy!
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2014-10-16
10 Miniture screen for hidding money
This is a miniature screen for placing your money behind. I like to use chips instead of the paper money and this screen works to obscure the amount of money you have. Print on light card stock cut out and place tape over the tabs to reenforce them, letting the tape run it up the back over the seam. During the game I place a piece of stick-up-notes sticky part cut into a strip over the tabs.If you like it thumb it so that others can find it for there personal use.
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2014-09-26
40 Resource Re-Supply Table Cards for every map
Another user asked me to upload an editable version of the Resupply Cards Editable Resource Resupply Player Cards
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2014-07-02
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