Power Grid (Recharged Edition)

(2 customer reviews)


Power Grid is an exciting and strategic game, where players compete to power the most cities within America and Germany.


In Power Grid, players bid against each other to purchase power stations with varying levels of efficiency that they will use to power their cities.

Each of the power stations in Power Grid requires different amounts of resources to power it, such as coal, garbage, oil and uranium. Players can acquire these resources throughout the game. There are, however, some windfarm/solar plants which do not require these resources to power them, but these, of course, will be in high demand, and may cost you dearly.

Power Grid is a cleverly developed game, requiring players to balance using their money to purchase the most efficient power plants, with maintaining enough wealth to quickly expand their networks and get the cheapest routes.

Designer:  Friedemann Friese
Publisher:  Rio Grande Games
Player numbers: 2-6
Recommended Age: 12+
Game Time:  120 mins

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Product Contents:

  • 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)
  • 120 paper money (Elektros):
    • 40 of 1’s (blue)
    • 15 of 5’s (yellow)
    • 40 of 10’s (orange)
    • 25 of 50’s (green)
  • 6 summary cards
  • 43 power plant cards
  • 1 ‘Step 3’ card
  • Rulebook

Card sleeve information if you wish to sleeve the cards in this product:

50 cards 70mm x 70mm. Fantasy Flight sleeve size: Square – Light Blue (FFS65, 50/pack) – (2-11/16″ x 2-11/16″ – 70 x 70mm)

2 reviews for Power Grid (Recharged Edition)

  1. Philip

    An incredibly dry theme that no one in their right mind should enjoy – but wow this game is fun.

    Investing in power stations, fuel and cities you need to build the largest network of powered cities to win.

    What makes this game so very fun is mainly the auction mechanic for purchasing power stations, and economy mechanic for fuel. This breaks it away from the traditional worker placement game by forcing you to attempt to outwit your rivals by attempting to make them overpay.

    Put on your best poker face and play.

  2. elevenmerchants

    I still remember when a friend wheeled this out for the first time. The title didn’t exactly make me rub my hands together in anticipation.
    After 10 minutes I thought: I’ll give it another 20 minutes. I played to the end, and Power Grid is probably still my all-time favourite game.

    I’m not even sure I can pinpoint exactly why. Perhaps it’s the vast replayability, perhaps it’s the game’s superb balance and symmetry. Or maybe it’s the entertaining interaction (including auctions!), where either meek or mean can win on any given day.

    People say this game is “mathy”. Sure there’s some calculating, but it’s really more about opportunity cost – weighing up tactical decisions and timings. You have to think, but it doesn’t bust your head. It’s intense but it’s not any sort of grind.
    It’s just so compelling and so satisfying – and time just flies! What’s that old saying……?

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