Power Grid: The Card Game is a streamlined version of the power plant auctioning and resource buying from the Power Grid boardgame. Players purchase plants and buy resources to power them in an attempt to generate the greatest income by the end of the game.
The game is played in three phases:
- Buy Plants
- Buy Resources
Players take it in turns to bring one of the four power plants in the current market to auction, outbidding each other until someone claims the plant – though with only one purchase per player permitted each round, choosing when to place a bid and when to sit out can be key. The cheapest plant of the set always costs just one elektro (signified by an adorable wooden ‘1’ marker), meaning a bargain can be nabbed with tactical bidding – or enough cash to see off your rivals.
The player turn order – decided by the earnings of the previous round – runs backwards for the second phase, in which vital resources are purchased in order to run each player’s plants. The square resource cards are shrewdly designed with decreasing figures on each of their sides, meaning they are simply rotated to represent the exhaustion of resources as plants are powered up and generate income.
Play proceeds until a final round is triggered, final plants and resources are purchased and plants generate victory points instead of elektro, with any leftover cash also having the chance to earn VP.
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.
Power Grid: The Card Game offers all the tension and tactics well-known of its two big brothers — Power Grid and Power Grid deluxe. You get the full Power Grid emotions in an intensive playing time of sixty minutes!
- 2-6 Players
- 45 – 60 mins
- Ages 12+