Power Grid deluxe - Rio Grande Games

Power Grid deluxe - Rio Grande Games
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Introduction
“Power Grid deluxe” is based on the highly successful game “Power Grid”. However, it is not simply the same game with bigger,
better and more beautiful components, but rather a version made especially for the 10th anniversary.
Everything is bigger: the double-sided game board now offers all of North America and all of Europe, rather than just the USA
and Germany. The customized wooden parts offer actual generators for the players and different shapes for the resources,
among them natural gas instead of garbage. All the power plants have been changed and we added new resource refill cards to
make refilling the resource table easier.
The game is still Power Grid, with all the exciting auctions, the nerve-racking resource speculations, complex city networks and
the tight competition among the players - all the way to the nail-biting end, as several players vie for the win. This is a box
filled with good and proven parts in updated, new shapes. We wish you a lot of fun!
Contents
- 1 huge double-sided game board:
Europe / North America with power plant market,
scoring track, player order track and resource market
- 132 generators in 6 colors: 22 per player
- 83 resource tokens: 27 coal tokens, 24 natural gas tokens,
20 oil tokens, 12 uranium tokens
- 1 auction hammer, 1 discount token,
1 Step 2 barrier, 1 Game End barrier
- 120 coins, in “Elektro”: 40 “1”, 15 “5”, 40 “10”, 25 “50”
- 54 playing cards:
• 43 power plant cards: 42 power plants with numbers
“03” – “40”, “42”, “44”, “46” and “50”, 1 Step 3 card
• 5 resource refill summary cards
• 6 payment summary cards
- this rules sheet
The two maps – North America and Europe
The rules for both the North America and Europe maps are similar.
When there are differences between the maps or if special rules are used for just one of the
maps, the corresponding paragraphs start with the picture and name of the respective map.
Power Grid deluxe for 2 players: “Against the Trust”
Power Grid deluxe uses new rules for 2 players. While challenging the opponent, you must incorporate the schemes of a
competing Trust in your plans and use these schemes against your opponent.
Below we describe all rules for 2 to 6 players, including all rules for the two new maps. At the end of the rules booklet you will
find additional rules for 2-player games.
Preparation
1. Place the board in the middle of the table. For the first game we suggest choosing North
America. The map is separated into 7 areas, each with 7 cities. In each game, players choose a
contiguous playing zone of connected areas depending on the number of players. This is the
whole playing zone for ALL players. The color-coded separation of the areas only matters for
choosing the playing zone.
2. Each player takes 50 Elektro, a payment summary card, and all generators of one color.
number of players
number of areas
2
3
3
3
4
5
6
4
5
5
3. Each player places one of his generators on space 0 of the scoring track for connected cities.
4. Take one generator from each player and randomly determine the player order by placing
one generator after the other on the left column of the player order track.
5. At the beginning of the game, players have access to a number of different resources for
varying prices. To determine these prices, use the table at the right and fill the spaces of
the resource market (along the bottom edge of the board). The numbers on the bottom
left of each space show the matching prices for each resource token.
Europe
North America
coal
spaces 2-9
spaces 2-9
gas
spaces 3-8
spaces 3-8
oil
spaces 3-9
spaces 4-9
uranium
spaces 8-9
space 9
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9. / 10.
8.
1.
2.
2.
4.
2.
3.
6.
7.
5.
Example for North America: At the start of the game, the cheapest coal tokens cost 2 Elektro each and the cheapest natural gas
tokens cost 3 Elektro each.
6. Place the remaining resource tokens as a supply near the resource market. Place the coins separated by value next to the
game board.
North America resource refill for
6 players
7. Place the appropriate resource refill summary card on the space next to the resource market. Each
card shows the resource refill values for both maps matching a certain number of players.
8. The large spaces on the top of the game board represent the power plant market. In North America, the
market consists of 8 spaces, in Europe, the market has 9 spaces. Take the power plant cards with a dark
backside (numbered 03 to 15) and shuffle this pile. Afterwards, place power plants on the power plant
market as follows:
North America: draw the top 8 cards and place them face up. Sort them in ascending order by their
numbers. Place those with the smallest numbers in the top row of the market (the current market) in
ascending order, left to right. Then place the remaining four in the bottom row (the future market) in
ascending order, left to right. Finally take one more power plant card face down and set it aside.
Europe: draw the top 9 cards and place them face up. Sort them in ascending order by their numbers. Place those with
the smallest numbers in the top row of the market (the current market) in ascending order, left to right. Then place the
remaining five larger power plants in the bottom row (the future market) in ascending order, left to right.
When adding new power plants to the power plant market during the game, always rearrange all power plants in the power
plant market in ascending order with the 4 cheapest plants in the current market.
9. Set aside the Step 3 card, then shuffle the power plant cards with a light backside.
Randomly remove some power plant cards as shown in the table to the right. Set
these cards face-down in the box, without looking at them.
Shuffle all remaining power plant cards together and place them as a stack facedown next to the power plant market. The color-coding tells players whether the
power plant on top of the stack is a stronger plant (light backside) or a weaker one
(dark backside).
power plant with power plant with
dark backside
light backside
2 players
1
5
3 players
2
6
4 players
1
3
none
none
5-6 players
10. Finish the preparations as follows:
North America: place the Step 3 card face-down under the supply stack and take the starting power plant that had been
set aside (from 8) and set it face-down on top of the supply stack.
Europe: place the Step 3 card face-down under the supply stack.
This completes the game preparation. We hope you enjoy playing the game!
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The Power Plants
1. Each power plant has a number. This number is the minimum acceptable bid when the plant is
auctioned. Players use that number to sort the power plants by size in the power plant market. Players
also use the numbers to determine the player order when several players have the same number of
cities in their networks. When the rules mention large or small power plants, the rules refer to the power
plants with the low or high numbers in the power plant market.
2. The picture in the middle is an illustration of the power plant and has no role in the game..
3. The color of the power plant and the symbols in the lower left corner show the resource type(s) and the
number of resource tokens required to produce electricity (brown: coal, blue: natural gas, black: oil,
red: uranium). Players may never use more or fewer resource tokens to produce power with a power
plant than the number shown on the card. Each power plant may only store the resource type needed
for production and at most may store twice as many resource tokens as it has resource symbols.
gas
oil
coal
1.
2.
4.
3.
1.
2.
uranium
Hybrid power plants have a blue/black color and have two resource symbols. Players may choose to
buy and use any combination of natural gas and/or oil. Usually, players will choose to buy the cheaper
resource. Players need the stated number of resources (of either or both in any combination) to produce
electricity and may store a total of twice as many resource tokens of both (not each) types.
Ecological power plants have a green color. They do not require any resources and cannot store them.
4. The number in front of the generator indicates how many cities this power plant can supply with
electricity. For example, players cannot choose to use only half of the necessary resource tokens to
supply only half of the cities. Although a power plant may store twice as many resources as needed, it
cannot produce power for twice as many cities in a round.
Ecological power plants always supply up to the indicated number of cities!
4.
3.
1.
2.
4.
3.
Example: the number 20 power plant has a minimum bid of 20 Elektro. It needs exactly 3 coal tokens to produce electricity and
supplies 4 cities. Players may store up to 6 coal tokens on this power plant.
The number 22 hybrid power plant may use any combination of 3 natural gas and oil tokens ( 3 natural gas tokens, 3 oil tokens, 1 oil
token and 2 natural gas tokens, etc.) to produce electricity for 5 cities. Players may store up to 6 resource tokens of the two types (e.g.
3 each of oil and natural gas, 6 oil, or any other combination adding to 6 tokens or less).
The number 36 ecological power plant does not need any resources and cannot store them. It supplies 5 cities.
Playing the game
The game is played over several rounds. Each round of the game has five phases. In each phase, all players take their actions in
the order specified for the phase before the game continues to the next phase. The five phases are:
1. Determine Player Order
2. Auction Power Plants
3. Buy Resources
4. Build Generators
5. Bureaucracy
Additionally, the game is played through three Steps. The steps are explained after the description of the phases of each round.
Phase 1: Determine Player Order
Players determine the player order for the round. The first player is the player with the most cities in his network (the generator
on highest numbered space of the scoring track for connected cities). If two or more players are tied for the most cities, the first
player is the player among them with the biggest power plant. Place this player‘s generator on the first space of the left column
of the player order. Determine the remaining player positions using the same rules.
Remember: at the beginning of the game, players determine the player order randomly.
Example: Anna has connected 6 cities, Greg and Al 5 each, and Natalie 4. Anna is first player
and places her generator on the first position of the player order track. Greg and Al are tied and
check their power plants. Greg’s largest power plant is the number 17 power plant and Al’s largest
power plant is the number 15 power plant. So Greg is in second position and Al is in third. Natalie
finally places her generator in fourth position of the player order track.
Anna places her
generator on the first
position.
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Phase 2: Auction Power Plants
In this phase, each player may buy at most 1 power plant. This phase is played in player order, beginning with the first player
(the first generator on the player order track).
The player chooses between the following two actions:
a. Choose a power plant for auction
The player chooses one of the four power plants in the current market to start the auction. He
places the auction hammer on that power plant. The player may not choose one of the power
plants in the future market!
Then, he makes a bid to purchase the power plant (he must bid at least the minimum bid
matching the number of the power plant), but may start with a higher bid. Continuing in
clockwise order, the other players may make higher bids or pass. When a player passes, he may
not reenter this auction. Players keep bidding or passing in clockwise order until one player
remains. He pays his highest bid to the bank and takes the power plant. To show that he has
bought a power plant, he moves his generator on the player order track to the right column.
The player chooses the number 05
power plant in the current market.
Immediately, draw a new power plant from the power plant stack to replace the one bought and
place it in the power plant market. Rearrange the power plants in ascending order of numbers:
the four lowest in the current market, and the higher power plants in the future market.
The player bought
a power plant.
Important rules to follow:
- Once a player has purchased a power plant in a round, he cannot bid in another auction in the
same round, nor can he offer a plant at auction. The player’s generator is in the right column of the player order track.
- When the auctioning player wins the auction and buys the power plant, the next player in turn order takes his turn, if he has
not already purchased a power plant this round (his generator is still in the left column of the player order track). Now, this
player offers a power plant from the current market for auction. If a player other than the player who started the auction wins
the auction, the auctioning player may choose to auction a different power plant from the current market or pass.
- During the game each player may own only 3 power plants at any time. When a player buys a fourth plant, he must scrap one
of his other power plants and remove it from the game. He may not choose to scrap the just bought power plant. The player
may move resources from the scrapped power plant to his remaining three power plants if one or more of them can store
these resources. If there is no capacity left or no matching power plant for the resources from the scrapped power plant, the
player returns the resources to the supply, not to the resource market (see “The power plant cards” on page 4).
- If, at any time during the game, there is a power plant in the current market with a number equal to or lower than the number
of cities any player has, immediately remove it from the game and replace it with a new power plant from the power plant
stack. It is also possible that newly drawn power plants must be immediately discarded and a new card drawn. As usual,
rearrange the power plants in ascending order. This rule does not affect power plants owned by players.
- The last player to start an auction in a round pays the minimum bid to buy the power plant he chooses.
North America: at the beginning of Phase 2, place the discount token on the smallest
power plant in the current market. The minimum bid for this power plant is reduced to 1
Elektro, independent of the actual number of the power plant.
During Phase 2, if an even smaller power plant is drawn and added to the power plant
market (but not if the power plant drawn is too low for the market) remove the discount
token and follow the printed minimum bid on the card.
If nobody buys the discounted power plant, remove it from the game at the end of Phase 2.
Replace it by drawing a new power plant from the power plant stack.
At the begining of Phase 2
place the discount token on the
smallest power plant.
During all other phases of a round, there are no discounted power plants. Place the
discount token next to the power plant market.
b. Pass the auction
If the player does not want to offer a power plant for auction, he must opt out of this phase.
When he does so, he cannot bid in later auctions during this phase and, thus, will not get a
new power plant this round. To show this, he moves his generator on the player order track to
the right column. The next player in turn order takes his turn, if he has not already purchased a
power plant this phase (his generator is still in the left column of the player order track).
When a smaller power plant
is placed in the market, emove the
discount token.
Exception for the first round of the game: each player must buy a power plant and cannot opt out of this phase.
Europe: If all players opt out and no power plant is sold in a round, remove the lowest numbered power plant in the
current market from the game, and replace it by drawing a new power plant from the power plant stack. Then rearrange
the market according to the rules.
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Exception for the first round: because the player order was determined randomly at the beginning of the game, FOR ONE
TIME ONLY players determine the player order again at the end of this phase. As all players will have bought one power plant,
use the tied rule to determine player order for the next phases of this round (see phase 1: Determine player order).
After all players finish this phase, move all generators on the player order track back to the left column.
Phase 3: Buy Resources
In this phase, the players may buy resources for their power plants from the resource market. This phase is played in reverse
player order, beginning with the last player (the last generator on the player order track), continuing with the second-to-last
player and so on until the first player takes his turn, finishing this phase.
As explained in the section “The Power Plants”, each power plant needs the number of resource tokens matching the number
of symbols on the card to produce electricity and may only store twice this number of tokens. As long as there is still storage
space, players may buy matching resources for their power plants. Players may not buy resources that their current power
plants cannot use.
Example: the number 4 coal power plant may store up to 4 coal tokens, the number 35 hybrid power plant may store up to
4 natural gas and/or oil tokens in any combination. The number 31 ecological power plant does not need any resources and,
therefore, cannot store any resource tokens.
The player purchases the resource tokens from the spaces of the resource market.
The printed number on the bottom left of each resource space shows the price for one
resource token. The player pays this amount to the bank for each token. He moves his
token to the right column on the player order track and the next player takes his turn.
If one resource type is depleted in the current round, no more resource tokens of this type
may be purchased until next round when the resource market is refilled.
At any time during the game, a player may rearrange the resource tokens among his
power plants if the power plants have space for the resources being placed on them.
The two cheapest
coal tokens each cost
2 Elektro.
After all players finish this phase, move all generators on the player order track back to the left column.
Phase 4: Build Generators
In this phase, the players may increase their electricity networks by connecting new cities. Like phase 3, this phase is played in
reverse player order beginning with the last player (the last generator on the player order). The phase ends after the first player
finishes his turn.
At the start of the game, players have no cities and, thus, no network. To build the first generator in his network, a player
chooses any empty city (not already chosen by another player) anywhere in the contiguous playing zone on the map. He places
one of his generator tokens on the number 10 space in this city and pays 10 Elektro to the bank for the starting city.
All subsequent cities a player adds to his network must connect to at least one city already in his network (with one of
his generators). When connecting to a new city, the player chooses the cheapest
Space numbered 20
connection(s) between one of the cities in his network and the new city and pays the
Space
(available
in Step 3)
total of connecting costs and cheapest building cost available (each city has spaces for
numbered 10
three generators, valued 10, 15, and 20) to the bank.
A player may connect to any number of new cities during his turn in this phase, as long
as he pays all the building and connecting costs. After connecting all the desired cities,
the player moves his generator on the player order track to the right column and the next
player follows with his turn to connect new cities.
Space numbered 15
(available in Step 2)
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Important rules to follow:
- In Step 1 of the game, each city can only be connected by one player. In Step 2, each city can be connected by two players
and finally in Step 3, each city can be connected by three players. The total costs are 10, 15 and 20 Elektro for the first,
second, and third generator built in a city plus the connection costs between the cities.
- So long as there is an empty space in the city during the current Step of the game, a player may add any city inside the playing
zone to his network. He may use any number of connections and may pass through a city without placing a generator there.
- Players may never use any cities or connections that lie outside of the selected playing zone during the game.
North America: the metropolises of New York and Mexico City each consist of 2 cities with a connection cost of zero
Elektro. A player may have a maximum of 1 generator in each of the two cities of a metropolis.
- A player may never connect to the same city twice. This allows up to three players to connect to each city during Step 3.
- After connecting a city, the player places one of his generators in the new city on the lowest empty space (10, 15 or 20 Elektro).
For example, if a city is still empty in Step 2 of the game, a player may connect that city for 10 Elektro.
- All connected cities of a player are in his network. The player may only expand his network from his own connected cities. If
the player connects to multiple cities this turn, he may use cities added this turn to further connect to other cities. He
always pays all connecting and building costs from one of his connected cities to each new city, even if he already paid for a
connection earlier the game (e.g. he may have bypassed a city to reach another and now wants to connect to the bypassed
city).
Example: during Step 1, Anna (blue) may expand
her network for 10 Elektro in the metropolis of New
York (A), because there are no connecting costs
between northern and southern New York .
To add Toronto, she pays 21 Elektro (10+11) using
the direct connection from Pittsburgh to Toronto
(B). To connect to Charlotte the complete costs for
Anna are 29 Elektro (10+7+12), because Bob was
first to connect to Washington (C). Anna is forced to
skip that city, as a second player is not allowed to
connect to a city during Step 1.
If the game is already in Step 2 and second
generators are allowed in cities, Anna may
connect Philadelphia (D) for 18 Elektro (15+3) or
Washington (E) for 22 Elektro (15+7). If Anna adds
both cities in the same phase, she pays 38 Elektro.
First, she connects Philadelphia for 18 Elektro
and from there, she connects Washington for an
additional 20 Elektro.
B
A
D
E
C
- The players do not have to choose their starting cities in the first round. They may start their networks in later rounds,
possibly to tactically influence their positions on the player order track.
- If a player connects several cities at once, we suggest placing the new generators on their sides for the moment. Thus, he can
easily check all costs and connections. Only after paying all costs, he places the generators in the normal position.
- When a player adds a new city to his network, he immediately updates his position on the scoring track for connected cities,
so every player can see how many cities each player has.
- If, at any time during the game, there is a power plant in the current market with a number equal to or lower than the number
of cities any player has, immediately remove it from the game and replace it with a new power plant from the power plant
stack. It is also possible that newly drawn power plants must be immediately discarded and a new card drawn. As usual,
rearrange the power plants in ascending order. This rule does not affect power plants owned by players.
Example: Anna adds a sixth city to her network. The number 6 power plant is in the current power plant market, so she removes it
from the game and draws a replacement. If players own the numbered 3-5 power plants, they keep these power plants.
After all players finish this phase, move all generators on the player order track back to the left column.
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Phase 5: Bureaucracy
In this phase, the players produce electricity to supply their networks in order to earn cash. Then, you resupply the resource
market and finally update the power plant market.
1. Earning cash: starting with the first player, every player indicates how many cities in his network he wishes (and is able) to
supply with electricity. He earns cash based on the number of cities he powers as shown on the payment summary card.
A player who does not supply any city gets 10 Elektro (the guaranteed minimum). The players remove the required resources
from the power plants that produced electricity this round and place the used resources in the resource supply next to the
resource market (not on the spaces of the resource market!).
A player may choose (or only be able) to supply fewer cities than he has in his network. The player is paid only for the supplied
cities. If a player produces more electricity than he has cities in his network, the surplus is wasted. Each player may choose how
many and which of his power plants he uses. He does not have to supply all of his cities, even if he has enough power plants.
0 10
1 22
2 33
3 44
4 54
5 64
6 73 9 98 12 118 15 134 18 145
7 82 10 105 13 124 16 138 19 148
8 90 11 112 14 129 17 142 20 150
Example: Anna owns 6 cities and the power plants 10, 14 and 21, all of them store the maximum number of resource tokens.
She removes 2 oil, 1 natural gas and 1 uranium token from her power plants and places them back in the supply to produce
electricity for 7 cities (2+2+3). She earns 73 Elektro for 6 supplied cities. The surplus electricity is wasted.
2. Resupply the resource market: based on the number of players and the current Step of the game, resupply the resource
market with resource tokens from the supply. The resourse refill summary card next to the resource market shows the respective
values for each resource type. Starting with the highest (most expensive) space, place resource tokens on the empty symbols,
until you placed the stated amount for each resource type.
The resource tokens in the game are limited. if there are not enough resource tokens of a resource type left in the supply, that
resource type is not fully resupplied. This can happen when players store large numbers of tokens on their power plants.
Example: in a game with 5 players on the North America map, 10 coal tokens, 2 natural gas tokens, and 1 oil token were bought in
the first round. According to the resource refill summary card for 5 players and Step 1, the following resources are to be resupplied:
4 coal tokens, 3 natural gas tokens, 4 oil tokens and 3 uranium tokens. There are enough resource tokens in the resource supply, so
players place two coal tokens on space 4 and two on space 3 (always start on the most expensive, empty spaces).
Place two natural gas tokens on space 3 and one on space 2. Place one oil token on space 4, 2 oil tokens on space 3 and the last one
on space 2. Finally, place two uranium tokens on space 8 and one on space 7.
The resource market looks like this:
Compared to the start of the game the price for coal is higher at the end of the first round, the cheapest coal token now costs
3 Elektro. However, natural gas, oil, and uranium now are cheaper.
3. Update the power plant market: during Step 1 and Step 2, place the highest numbered power plant from the future
market face down below the power plant stack and draw a new power plant to replace it. Rearrange the power plant market
appropriately. By doing this, the highest numbered power plants are collected below the Step 3 card in the power plant stack
and become available during Step 3 of the game.
During Step 3, remove the smallest numbered power plant in the current market from the game and draw a replacement from
the power plant stack instead. During the last rounds of the game, it is possible that the power plant stack becomes exhausted
and players cannot replace power plants anymore. The game continues and in each phase 5, remove the smallest numbered
power plant from the power plant market.
Phase 5 and the whole round are now complete. A new round starts with phase 1.
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The 3 Steps of the Game
The game runs through three Steps and begins with Step 1. Step 2 begins when the first player has connected a certain
number of cities to his network. Step 3 begins after the Step 3 card is drawn from the power plant stack. The game usually ends
in Step 3, but in some cases may end in Step 2.
This section describes the different rules changes and special situations for the three steps during the game.
Step 1
The game starts with Step 1. Every city can only be part of the network of a single player (only one generator may stand in each
city). The building cost for the first generator is 10 Elektro. The resupply for resources during Step 1 follows the left column on
the resource refill summary card.
Step 2
Step 2 starts at the beginning of Phase 5 (Bureaucracy) after at least one player connected a certain
number of cities to his network, as determined by the number of players. Several players may connect
the necessary number of cities (or more) in the same round.
number of
players
Connected
cities
2-5
7
6
6
As a reminder, we supply an oblong Step 2 barrier which players place on the border in front of
the matching space of the scoring track for connected cities.
North America: at the start of Step 2 (and just this once) remove the lowest numbered
power plant from the current market from the game and replace it with a new one from
the power plant stack.
Europe: at the start of Step 2 (and just this once) remove the lowest numbered power
plant from the current market from the game. Do not replace it, so the future market is
reduced to the 4 power plants with bigger numbers.
For 2-5 players Step 2 starts after
a player connects 7 cities.
In Step 2, every city can be part of the networks of two players (two different generators may
stand in each city). The building cost for the second generator is 15 Elektro. In Step 2, players
may still place the first generator for 10 Elektro in an empty city. The resupply for resources
during Step 2 follows the center column on the resource refill summary card.
Step 3
When you draw the Step 3 card from the power plant stack, Step 3 begins at the beginning of
the next phase of the game!
Extremely rarely, Step 3 may begin before Step 2. In this case, first perform all
changes for Step 2 before directly continuing with the changes for Step 3.
Starting in Step 2, do not
use this space anymore.
This can happen in one of three ways:
1. When the Step 3 card is drawn in Phase 2 (Auction Power Plants), treat the card as the highest power plant for the remainder
of this phase and place it at the end of the future market. Immediately shuffle the power plant stack that has the power
plants that were placed under it and place it again face down. Continue the auction of power plants and draw replacements
as necessary until all players have their chance to buy a new power plant or opt out. After finishing Phase 2, remove the
lowest numbered power plant in the current market and the Step 3 card from the game. Do not draw replacements! Step 3
starts at the beginning of Phase 3 (Buy resources).
2. If you draw the Step 3 card in Phase 4 (Build Generators) for replacements of too small power plants, remove this card and
the smallest numbered power plant in the current market from the game. Do not draw replacements. Shuffle the power
plant stack as described above and place it again face down. Step 3 starts at the beginning of Phase 5 (Bureaucracy).
3. If you draw the Step 3 card in Phase 5 (Bureaucracy), remove this card and the lowest
numbered power plant in the current market from the game. Do not draw replacements.
Shuffle the power plant stack as described above and place it again face
down. The resupply of resources follows the values for Step 2 (center column of the
resource refill summary card) a final time. Step 3 starts at the beginning of Phase 1 of the
next turn (Determine Player Order).
During Step 3, there are only 6 power plants in the power plant market. Beginning with the
next phase 2 (Auction power plants) players can bid on all 6 power plants. There is no future
market in Step 3.
Starting in Step 3, do not
use this space anymore.
In Step 3, every city can be part of the networks of three players (three different generators
may stand in each city). The building cost for the third generator is 20 Elektro. In Step 3, players may still place the first
generator for 10 Elektro in an empty city (or the second generator when the space is available for 15 Elektro). The resupply for
resources during Step 3 follows the right column on the resource refill summary card.
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End of the Game and Winning the Game
The game ends immediately after Phase 4 (Build Generators) when at least one player has connected
the indicated number of cities (or more) in his network, depending on the number of players.
Players may use the oblong Game End barrier to place on the border in front of the matching space of
the scoring track for connected cities. As soon as one player passes this barrier with his generator, the
game ends at the end of this phase (all players finish the phase). Players may connect additional cities
beyond the number needed to win.
In the following Phase 5 (Bureaucracy) players do not earn money for powering cities. Instead,
they check to see which player supplies electricity to the most cities in his network using the
resources and power plants he has. This is the number of cities he normally earns cash from
during this phase. This player that can power the most cities wins the game! If there is a tie,
the player with the most remaining money wins. In rare cases, a player may win the game with
more cities in his network than necessary to end the game.
Important: sometimes a player other than the one ending the game (by connecting the
appropriate number of cities) will win because the latter cannot supply electricity to all his
cities, either because his power plants are not large enough to run all his cities or because he
does not have sufficient resources to run the power plants he has.
number of
players
2
Connected
cities
18
3-4
5
6
17
15
14
For 3-4 players, the game ends
after a player connects 17 cities.
Power Grid deluxe for 2 players: “Against the Trust”
Introduction
While challenging the single opponent, players are confronted with the schemes of an old-established Trust. This Trust blocks
cities and snags the most attractive power plants, while consuming the matching resources.
All rules of the base game are in effect. Below you find all ADDITIONAL rules that let the Trust interfere in your games.
Preparation
1. The Trust needs his own space next to the game board, where it places its own
power plants. The Trust gets 16 generators of its own color, plus one additional
generator for player order (The trust does not place a generator on the scoring
track for connected cities). The Trust does not get any money.
2. Randomly determine the first player (one of the two players) and place one of
his generators on space 1 of the player order. During the whole game, the Trust is
ALWAYS second in player order. Place the generator of the other player on space 3.
3. After choosing the contiguous playing zone of 3 adjacent areas, place 6
generators of the Trust on the number 10 spaces of 6 adjacent cities. To place
these generators, the starting player places one Trust generator on any one city
of his choice. The other player places 2 generators adjacent to already placed
Trust generators. Then the starting player places the next 2 Trust generators,
using the same rules. The other player places the last generator, using the same
rules. The players place the remaining 10 generators of the Trust as a supply next
to the game board.
Place the first 6
generators of the Trust on the spaces
numbered 10 of 6 adjacent
cities.
Playing the game
General rules
The Trust does not use money; it takes power plants and resources for free. Its generators are placed in cities without any costs.
The Trust does not trigger Step 2. Its generators only block the first or second spaces of the cities.
Phase 1: Determine player order
The Trust is always second in player order!
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Phase 2: Auction power plants
The first player chooses a power plant in the current market to start the auction or he opts out. Only the two players bid for the
power plants, the Trust never participates in the auctions.
After one of the two players has bought a power plant, or after the first player opted out, the Trust takes the biggest (fourth)
power plant in the current market and places it next to its supply of generators. There is no auction for this power plant!
If the Trust owns 3 power plants, it takes a new power plant from the market only if the power plant in the market has a bigger
number than the smallest power plant owned by the Trust. The Trust always takes a higher numbered power plant when it is
available. In this case the Trust scraps its smallest power plant and removes it from play.
Europe: if both players opt out of the phase and the Trust does not take a new power plant, remove the smallest power
plant in the current market from the game, and replace it by drawing a new power plant from the power plant stack. Then
rearrange the market according to the rules.
Phase 3: Buy resources
The Trust always takes all the necessary resource tokens for all of its power plants
for a normal production, so it supplies electricity with all of its power plants during
phase 5 (Bureaucracy). It never stores resources in its power plants. If there are not
enough resource tokens in the market, the Trust takes as many as possible. If the
Trust owns a hybrid power plant, it alternately takes 1 natural gas and 1 oil, as long
as both resource types are available (it always starts with natural gas).
Immediately place a
generator of the Trust on the space
numbered 15 of the city.
Phase 4: Build Generators
During Step 1 of the game, players cannot connect to the six cities, where the
players placed the Trust’s generators on the spaces numbered 10 during the
preparation. These cities are only available when Step 2 of the game starts.
As long as the Trust has generators in its supply, each time a player connects a new
(empty) city, he must always place a generator of the Trust on the space numbered
15 of that city. Thus, the first 10 cities connected by the players are blocked during
Step 2 and can only be connected by the other player during Step 3 of the game.
Phase 5: Bureaucracy
The Trust places all resource tokens from its power plants back into the supply next
to the resource market.
End of the Game
The game ends immediately after phase 4 (Build Generators) when at least one player has connected 18 or more cities in his
network. The Trust cannot win – it only offers many possibilities to place obstacles in the way of the players.
© 2014 2F-Spiele
Author: Friedemann Friese
Graphics & Design: Harald Lieske
Editing of English rules: Nikki Pontius, Jay Tummelson,
and Heydon Hensley
Development: Henning Kröpke
Rio Grande Games
PO Box 1033
Placitas, NM 87043, USA
[email protected]
www.riograndegames.com
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Overview: “The phases of a round” / “The 3 Steps of the game“
Phase 1: Determine Player Order
Rearrange the order of the generators in the left column of the player order.
- First player: the player with the most cities in his network.
- In case of a tie: the player with the bigger power plant.
Phase 2: Auction Power Plants
This phase is played in player order beginning with the first player.
a) Choose a power plant for auction
- The player chooses one of the four power plants in the current market.
- The players bid in clockwise order. The minimum bid matches the number of the power plant.
- Per round, each player may buy at most one power plant. Each player can own only 3 power plants at any time.
North America: the smallest power plant in the current market gets the discount token. The minimum bid on this power
plant is reduced to 1 Elektro.
b) Pass the auction
- If a player opts out of this phase, he cannot bid on any auction and does not get any power plant in this round.
- During the first round each player must buy a power plant and may not opt out of this phase!
Europe: if all players opt to pass the auction, remove the smallest power plant in the current market from the game.
Phase 3: Buy Resources
This phase is played in reverse player order beginning with the last player.
- The player buys the resource tokens he wants, as long as he can pay for them and store them on his power plants.
- Each power plant may only store up to twice as many resources as needed for production.
Phase 4: Build Generators
This phase is played in reverse player order beginning with the last player.
- Each player may choose his starting city anywhere in the contiguous playing zone!
- The player connects to any desired number of new cities during his turn, as long as he can pay for them.
- Costs: building costs in the city plus connecting costs between the cities.
- If there is a power plant in the current market with a number equal to or lower than the number of cities any player has,
immediately remove it from the game.
Phase 5: Bureaucracy
1. Earning cash
- Each player earns cash from the bank based on the number of cities he powers as shown on the payment summary card.
2. Resupply the resource market
- Based on the number of players and the current Step of the game, resupply the resource market with resource tokens from
the supply, using the resource refill summary card.
3. Update the power plant market
a) During Step 1 and Step 2: place the biggest power plant in the future market below the power plant stack.
b) During Step 3: remove the smallest power plant in the current market from the game.
Step 1
- The game starts with Step 1.
- Every city can only be part of the network of a single player. The building cost for the first generator is 10 Elektro.
- The resupply for resources follows the left column on the resource refill summary card.
Step 2
- Step 2 starts at the beginning of Phase 5 (Bureaucracy) after at least one player connected a certain number of cities to his
network in phase 4.
North America: at the start of Step 2 (and just this once) remove the lowest numbered power plant from the current
market from the game, and replace it with a new one from the power plant stack.
Europe: at the start of Step 2 (and just this once) remove the lowest numbered power plant from the current market from
the game. Do not replace it so the future market is reduced to the 4 power plants with the bigger numbers.
- Every city can be part of the networks of two players. The building cost for the second generator is 15 Elektro.
- The resupply for resources follows the center column on the resource refill summary card.
Step 3
- When the Step 3 card is drawn from the power plant stack, Step 3 begins at the beginning of the next phase of the game.
- At the start of Step 3, remove the card Step 3 and the smallest power plant in the current market from the game. During
Step 3, there are only 6 power plants in the power plant market. Players can bid on all 6 of these power plants.
- Every city can be part of the networks of three players. The building cost for the third generator is 20 Elektro.
- The resupply for resources follows the right column on the resource refill summary card.
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