Power Grid is a strategy game from Rio Grande games for 2-6 players in which you try to build the largest network on the board, and provide power to all of the cities in your network with a variety of power plants.

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Is buying older power plants than what you have disallowed?

In a recent game of Power Grid, someone we play with regularly insisted on a rule that you're not allowed to purchase a "lower" technology power plant than you already have. e.g. if you have 13,17,25 ...
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How do I deal with or avoid a full map?

I played a game of power grid with 6 players using the map of Italy, with one zone removed. In step 2, I had power plants to produce electricity for 11 (6-4-1) houses with cheap resources, and built ...
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Is there a real disadvantage for the player kicking off step two in power grid?

Maybe I am just playing the game incorrectly. The perceived disadvantage is that you are the last player to then be able to expand and be the second player in a city.
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Power Grid China/Korea strategy - is it any different from the base game?

I just got Power Grid China/Korea and was wondering if there was anything (besides for the two markets on the Korea side of the board) I should look for strategy-wise that is different from the base ...
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Good tips for first-time Power Grid players? [duplicate]

Disclaimer: I know there's already been some discussion on this topic, but I'm going to ask the question anyway because I've never played the game before, and thus, have yet to use my copy of Power ...
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No power plants available to buy

I just got done a really interesting game of power grid. In the end all players had all the power plants that they needed except each of us needed one more 6 value power plant to be able to power 17 ...
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What's the best Power Grid expansion for a beginner? [closed]

What is the best Power Grid expansion for a beginner to buy?
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Newport has no costs on UK PowerGrid map - A misprint?

On the UK & Ireland / Northern Europe expansion map, the town of Newport has no 10 15 20 pricing. The Expansion rules sheet makes no mention of this place having any special meaning. I assume ...
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What does it mean that uranium always refills from space 16?

In the Power Grid rules we are told the following: Re-supply the resource market: Based on the number of players and the step of the game, the players re-supply the resource market (see table ...
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How to teach strategic thinking to non-gamer players?

I have some players in my gaming group that seem to have a bit of a problem with devising their strategy. How can I help them improve? First of all, I want to clarify - I dont need gateway games ...
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Power Grid - Simpler Resource Grid

I've heard that there is a printable chart for Power Grid somewhere online, possibly BGG. Said chart breaks down the players & steps into individual cards that are more convenient than the bulky ...
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Can I build more houses than I have the capacity to power?

I know that in Power Grid a player can choose to save resources to power fewer houses, however are players allowed to build more houses than their total power plant capacity? For example, suppose the ...
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House rules to reduce the game play time of Power Grid

Are there any fair rules for shortening the playing time of Power Grid? It seems obvious to end the game on less powered cities (rather than the 17 default), but this often skews the phase 2 for the ...
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Can I decide not to use all the power of a plant in Power Grid?

Let's assume that I've got 10 cities connected in my network. I want to supply electricity to 6 of them and I've two power plants, each of them capable of supplying up to 5 cities. I've bought enough ...
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Do I lose resources when buying 4th plant in Power Grid?

I won the auction for a new Power Plant. I already have 3, so I need to get rid of one of them. Can I put resources from the plant I'm discarding on the plant I just bought? Do I need to store them ...
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First Auction Power Plant in Power Grid?

Ok, let's say we just started Power Grid game for 4 players: A, B, C and D. We will be focusing on Step 1st/Phase 2nd, which is the first Auction Power Plants phase in the game. We have (randomly) ...
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Stalled Active Auction Plants in a 2- person Power Grid game?

In a two player version of Power Grid we normally get to a point in the game where 2-3 of the Active Auctions have little to no value to add to our grid. Either they power too few cities than what I ...
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How should your strategy in Power Grid change after about 10 to 12 cities?

This episode of The Little Metal Dog Show has an interview with Friedemann Friese where he talks about the design of the Power Grid: The Robots, and mentions that the robots can do well up to about 10 ...
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Do I have to tell the other players how much money I have?

Do I have to tell the others how much money I have or may I make this a secret and everybody has to calculate/estimate themselves?
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In Power Grid, what are the phases and what are the steps?

My copy of Power Grid has an strange reversal of terminology between the cards: ... and the rules: Obviously this isn't a huge deal, but I just wonder which is correct in terms of the other ...
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How are power plant discards handled in Power Grid?

When a player purchases a power plant above the maximum limit, and must discard one, does the discard go under the stack of power plants, into a separate pile, or is it removed from the game?
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Determining which areas to use in 2- or 6-player Power Grid

Pretty straight-forward question here: In the 2- and 6-player versions of Power Grid, you are instructed to use only 3 areas and 5 areas respectively, but it doesn't say how to pick the areas, leaving ...
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Beginner Power Grid strategy

Tonight I'll be playing Power Grid for the second time with my game group. It's the second time for all of us. What key strategy or tactic should I focus on to give me the best chance of winning?
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Power plants in Power Grid

I've played Power Grid once so far. What is a good beginner's strategy in the initial accumulation of power plants?