Power Grid (2004)

Players: 2 - 6
Playing time: 120 minutes

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Data from BoardGameGeek
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 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 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.

Power Grid FAQ

Power Grid FAQ - Please read this before posting a rules question! Many questions are asked over and over in the forums.



Re-implemented by:

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

Expanded by:

Power Grid: France/Italy
Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe
Atolla Modulis – unofficial fan expansion.
Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards
Power Grid: China/Korea
Power Grid: Brazil/Spain & Portugal – includes a "Collector's Box" with enough space for the other expansion maps.
Hoogspanning: Uitbreiding Benelux – Dutch expansion box with Benelux/Central Europe and The New Power Plant Cards.
Power Grid: Russia & Japan

Promotional cards:

All promo cards will be available in the BGG Promo Card Set in early 2011!

Power Grid: Flux Generator – originally from Essen 2008
Power Grid: Transformer Station – originally from Essen 2009
Power Grid: Warehouse – originally from Essen 2010
Power Grid: Theme Park – exclusive to the BGG Promo Set (and includes the Essen 2008, 2009 and 2010 promo cards)


The expansions France/Italy, Benelux/Central Europe, China/Korea, Brazil/Spain & Portugal and Russia & Japan 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 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 not available separately, nor is the USA/Germany map (provided as part of the standard base game) available separately to owners of those editions.

Rafal K

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Alan Beaumont

Nasty tightrope of decision making, where early errors magnify problems. A bit dry, but plays well from 3 players upwards.

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Leant to Kerrie & Pete on 26-06-2016.

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Graham Charlton

My favourite medium-weight strategy game. Lots to think about but not too many rules, cleverly integrated mechanisms, and with experienced players you really have to stay on your toes.

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