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Power Grid Board Game Review

In Power Grid, a new power market has opened up and everything is up for grabs. Compete against other power suppliers as you work your way towards becoming the biggest power supplier in the land. Build power plants and control the market for raw materials such as garbage, oil, coal and uranium. Connect cities to your power grid before others do and become the greatest power magnate!Power Grid is a strategy board game designed by Friedemann Friese and is a remake of the German board game Funkenschlag. Each player represents a power supply company trying to connect as many cities as possible to its power grid. To do so, you will have to build power plants to supply enough electricity to power your cities; own enough resources to run the power plants; and earn enough funds to connect the cities and buy the power plants and resources.Each game of Power Grid is played on a board featuring a map of a region hungry for power. The base game comes with 2 maps: the USA and Germany. Each map shows the cities that can be connected to your power grid and the connection fees between the cities. For example, it is cheaper to connect Washington with nearby Philadelphia than it is to connect San Francisco to Seattle. The board also contains a grid showing the raw materials (coal, oil, garbage and uranium), how much is available and how much they cost.There are 4 actions each round in your quest to power the most cities (the game ends when a player connects a certain number of cities, determined by the number of players). Firstly, players take turns to bid for power plants. These plants can be powered by materials such as oil, coal, garbage, uranium and wind. Each power plant also has different efficiencies (being able to power a different number of cities), but you pay for that efficiency by spending more to buy the more efficient power plants.There is an order to the bidding process. The player with the most connected cities each round get to bid for power plants first. However, this is balanced by the fact that they will be the last to buy raw materials and connect cities. Buying raw materials involves grabbing coal, oil, garbage or uranium from the board at their current price. There is a raw materials market that changes depending on supply and demand. The materials replenish at a fixed rate each turn, and are consumed by players using the related power plants. The more of each material is available, the cheaper it is.Connecting cities involves paying connection fees and placing your tokens on the connected cities. There are clusters of cities on each board where the connection fees are pretty cheap, but building in those areas means competing against more players who also want to take advantage of the cheap connections. Power Grid also divides the game into 3 phases: starting, growing and matured phases. Progressing from one phase to the next changes the amount of raw materials that are replenished each round, and also increases the number of players who can connect to each city.The last action in the round is to power your cities. You use up the required raw materials and earn cash depending on how many cities you powered. You can then use this cash to buy more power plants and resources, and connect more cities the next round.Power Grid is mainly about efficiency and strategic planning. The goal is to power as many cities as you can, and the player who is the most efficient and can do it the fastest will win. Also, how much are you willing to bid for that attractive power plant? Should you spend your limited funds connecting choice cities first or overbidding for that new power plant? Is it worth it to spend a bit more to connect to distant cities in order to cut other players off from a city network? Should you target cities in cheap but congested networks or go for the isolated expensive ones? These are questions you need to always keep in mind, and the answers will change depending on how your opponents play as well.The game also has expansion boards and power plant sets. New boards include France, Central Europe, China and Korea, and each introduces interesting aspects to the game. For example, the order in which power plants are revealed in the China game reflect’s the country’s planned economy. Similarly, there are 2 resource markets in Korea to reflect the separate North and South economies, and the North Korea resource market doesn’t have uranium (right…).Overall, Power Grid isn’t too challenging a game to learn. The mechanics are pretty straightforward and easily grasped, though it might take time to master the efficiency and fund-allocation required to be really good at it. The game takes just over 2 hours, and is one of few games that can play up to 6 players without losing its appeal or taking too long.Complexity: 3.5/5.0Playing Time: 2.0 to 2.5 hoursNumber of Players: 2 to 6 players

Stack Management Tips – A Couple of Useful Texas Hold Em Poker Tips

Stack management is a very important part of your game. These Texas Hold Em Poker tips will reveal a couple of very useful ideas to help you.Texas Hold Em Poker Stack Management Tip #1Have a big enough stack. This is really for cash games because in Texas Hold Em Poker tournaments you get given your stack and it’s the same as everyone else. But when playing ring games you don’t want to sit down at a table with a stack that is so small you are at a disadvantage. I’d say the minimum to sit down at at able is 60% of the table limit but preferably 80-100%Sitting down with too small a stack can put you in a hard position. You don’t have the movement or wiggle room that you would like. Sitting down with too much is much less of a problem. If anything it might indicate you need to move up to the next level. Bankroll and stack size management come hand in hand. You want a good 20-25 stack sizes in your bankroll.Texas Hold Em Poker Stack Management Tip #2Don’t overcommit to a pot you aren’t prepared to all-in on. When you do this you put yourself in a risky situation. You cannot viably pull out (fold) because you will lose too many chips but yet if you continue and end up betting your whole stack you have done so with weak cards and will most probably lose all of it.If you are in this situation pulling out – cutting your losses – may be the best decision. But if you are playing Texas Hold Em Poker properly you won’t bet the chips that tips the odds into forcing you to continue. Don’t overcommit – don’t overbet – when you don’t truly believe you have the nuts. Remember that stack management is very important to help you with this.

Fun With Board Games

Who doesn’t like Monopoly, Risk, Battleship or Candyland? Keep the kids entertained longer. Make parties and events more fun by having a few game favorites around. Nothing livens a party like Pictionary or Scene It. If the kids are having a sleepover what better way to entertain them then with a game or two. Keep them happy and out of trouble with a game of Trouble or Risk.More often than not a good game can really liven up the party. Everyone remembers Battleship and loves to play. What were some of your favorite games? Do you remember playing board games with grandma or grandpa. Playing Yahtzee with grandma or Monopoly wit mom. Brothers and sisters can do battle without going to war. Board games are a great way to bring a busy family together. How about some family time? I know it brings back a ton of great memories for me. Playing Yahtzee with grandma or Monopoly wit momHaving a few games around for the holidays and for the holiday company is a great idea. Playing Clue with uncle Norman is a blast! Bunco makes a great game if you have a few folks that are willing to have a good time.Don’t forget those great card games as well. Rummy, go fish, and of course Uno and Skipbo. If it’s been a while since you’ve played, grab a game and a buddy. It just as much fun as you remember! Try it and you’ll see. Have fun!


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