|Players:||2 - 6|
|Time:||45 - 60 minutes|
n Power Grid: The Card Game, the players represent CEOs of mighty power companies producing electricity.
During the game, the players bid for power plants at auctions and supply them with resources. Their income depends on the amount of electricity produced in each round. At the end of the game, the player who produces the most electricity wins the game.
Power Grid: The Card Game offers all the tension and tactics well-known of its two big brothers — Power Grid and Power Grid deluxe — without using the different maps. You get the full Power Grid emotions in an intensive playing time of sixty minutes!
To give two players an exciting experience, they will play with the Trust acting as a third player. While challenging the opponent, they must incorporate the schemes of the competing Trust in their plans and use these schemes against their opponent.
This is a cut down version of the full Power Grid game (no map board). I've never played the full game (which looks a little intimidating), but this is great game in itself. The set up is pretty intense and requires a very careful following of the rule book. There are also some fiddly rules that you have to remember during the game - taking cards out and adding others in at certain times. You can find simplified "cheat sheets" to print off online, which help. It's worth it to get things just right because you get the best experience that way. We've found games tend to be very close as the mechanics serve to make sure no one gains too big an advantage early on. The actual game play is simple enough, so as long as you have one player who has an involved knowledge of the rules the rest of the players can be blissfully unaware of the magic behind the curtain.
The idea behind this game of running power companies, was right up my alley.
After reading about Power Grid vs. Power Grid the Card Game, I'm glad we choose the card game version. I know others might disagree, but in my opinion this has just the right essence - buying available resources (at auction), and hopefully powering up your plants and making $$$ money. The card game play time is more reasonable - not as time intense as the full on Power Grid.
I like to buy the "Green" Energy power plants. But you can't always get what you want. Sometimes we find the price rising a lot during the auction process. When do you let go of the power plant you really want, or how much are you willing to pay for it?