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Power Grid Deck

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  • card expansion 1
  • Age range: 12 and up / Number of players: 2 to 6 / Play time: 90 to 120 minutes
  • Manufacturer: Rio Grande Games
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Technical Details
Item Weight23 g
Product Dimensions7.3 x 1.9 x 7.3 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:12 years and up
Item model number322RGG
Main Language(s)English, English published
Number of Game Players6
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 48,763 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight23 g
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Date First Available26 Feb 2008

Product Description

The first expansion in the Power Grid 3 expansion pack is the Benelux/Central Europe Map expansion. Two new expansion maps for Power Grid: Benelux on one side and Central Europe on the other. Along with the maps are small rule changes to reflect the power culture in these two countries. As the Benelux countries support ecological power, players may have greater opportunities to acquire such power plants. Also, oil is more available and coal less available in these countries. As Poland has large coal supplies, coal will be much more plentiful than elsewhere in Central Europe. However, due to political stands taken by some countries, players may be limited in their access to nuclear power. The result is not just new maps, but new ways to play this great game! This expansion 3 pack also includes the France/Italy map expansion. Two new expansion maps for Power Grid: Italy on one side and France on the other. Includes minor rules changes based on real-world factors in those regions. The last part of this great Power Grid expansion pack is the card pack. This deck is a complete set of power plant cards that can be used: in place of the original deck, paired with the original deck (to make for an unpredictable mix), cards added to the original deck (to make the game as long as "Funkenschlag", game will end at 20 cities) or make a custom mixture of the two decks (to create specialized decks) with any maps. This full set of expansions will keep your Power Grid game busy for a long time! This set of cards has green borders to distinguish them easily from the original set of power plant cards

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Actual Description 21 Dec 2009
By Larry Liang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Toy Durability:    Educational:    Fun:   
For some reason, the description in the Amazon page is the description for . The actual description is as follows:

This expansion must be played with Power Grid and is compatible with the previous map expansions. The expansion is a new set of power plant cards which may be used in several ways:

1) use the new deck instead of the original

2) use both decks, but just one of each number, chosen randomly

3) use the original deck, adding the larger numbered plants from the new deck

4) customize your own power plant deck using the two decks.

Please Note: A copy of Power Grid is required to play this expansion.

For those that haven't played Power Grid, it's a fun game that requires you to power cities. The one who powers the most at the end wins (basically). Unfortunately there's a lot of analysis (read: lots and lots of math required) to do if you want to play optimally so games can run a bit on the long side.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Better than the original power plants 9 Mar 2010
By Juloboe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Toy Verified Purchase Durability:    Educational:    Fun:   
I like the power plants included in this deck. I think they correct some of the faults of the original power plant deck. They probably make the game move a little bit faster, but I'm okay with that. Plus, it includes extra, higher-level power plants for an extended game which make the game a little bit different.

As much as I like the cards, I don't think they are worth the price. They change the game a little, but it's just a deck of cards.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Change of Pace 28 Nov 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Adding these cards to the original Power Grid game make the game a little more fun. It also can change the length of the game. You can choose to use certain cards to make the game faster or slower. After buying this, you should buy the extra maps, that makes the game even better. It's like playing a different game everytime you play!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A fun little wrinkle if you love Power Grid 16 Feb 2010
By Pinch - Published on Amazon.com
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The plants in this expansion deck tend to be "better" than the original plants. For instance, they will have higher capacity and be more efficient than the original plants. It isn't reccomended to play a game with simply all new plants because this would make the game too easy. Or I guess if you wanted a shorter game, then this might be ok. Generally, what we do is simply mix in a few of these "better" plants to spice things up. It's a fun little thing to have some new plants in the game, but if I had to choose, I'd rather have a new double sided map to play on such as the many that are available like Italy/France, etc.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
More Plants means More ways to have Fun 31 Jan 2013
By Ronald E. Olivier - Published on Amazon.com
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At first, I scoffed at the idea of having a second deck of power plants, but they are actually a cool accessory to the game. Sure, it's easy enough to just swap decks in and out, but there are many other interesting variants. You can cobble together a custom deck using cards from both decks. And because this deck has several plants that are priced above 50 Elektros, there are some very interesting possibilities.

I've gotten into a habit of creating a new deck (randomly) after each game by taking one of every plant that appears in both decks. I then shuffle the remaining cards (01, 02, 17, 18, cards over 50) along with a few promo cards and add half of them to the newly created deck. This gives me a different deck every time I play.

But I would suggest getting an expansion board or two before thinking about this deck. The boards are the heart and soul of Power Grid. The deck is simply something that's nice to have.
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