Thursday, July 24, 2008

Power Grid

My latest boardgame aquisition is Power Grid. As eurogames go, this one is middle-range in complexity. Success requires analysis and planning. I have played this game for several years, and a few weeks ago, I actually won for the first time! So I decided it was time I owned a copy.

The object of this game is to supply the most cities with power. To accomplish this goal players purchase power plants and the raw materials needed to run the plants. These materials include coal, oil, garbage, and uranium, but also includes wind and solar-powered plants. The winner of the game will create the most efficient network of plants powering the most cities. The base game comes with a map of the United States on one side:

and a map of Germany on the other:

Official game expansions include Italy, France and the Benelux countries:

However, many enterprising Power Grid fans have created their own maps, allowing them to play in Scandinavia:

...and Connecticut

As it often happens, I found something cool while looking for something else. is offering Power Grid (and other boardgame) themed T-shirts:

Power plant #44 in the game deck is one of the most desirable in the set, as it powers up to five cities, but because it uses solar and wind power, you do not need to purchase resources to burn.

"Money isn't everything, but it is a tie-breaker in Power Grid"

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At Sunday, July 27, 2008 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

Eurogames are purty...

At Monday, March 16, 2009 , Blogger Eric said...

I just bought this game yesterday, the Quebec Edition (province in Canada, game is called Megawatts and has France on the other side). I'd like to know if you could scan the USA,Germany,Italy and other countries edition in huge format so i could reprint them. I can scan the Quebec edition for you. thanks !

At Monday, March 16, 2009 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

I am afraid that I could not scan for you a printable copy of these game boards, as that would certainly violate copyright...

However, there are many fan created game boards that can be downloaded from the Board Game Geek website:


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