Power Grid is a well known classic euro style game that is widely appreciated by gamers everywhere. The game has a Board Game Geek rating of 8.0 and hold the #10 spot for both Strategy Board Game and even more impressively, best board game of all time.
In this 2004 Game as described on Board Game Geek the object is to supply the most cities with power when someone's network gains a predetermined size. In this new edition, players mark pre-existing routes between cities for connection, and then bid against each other to purchase the power plants that they use to power their cities.
However, as plants are purchased, newer, more efficient plants become available, so by merely purchasing, you're potentially allowing others access to superior equipment.
Additionally, players must acquire the raw materials (coal, oil, garbage, and uranium) needed to power said plants (except for the 'renewable' windfarm/ solar plants, which require no fuel), making it a constant struggle to upgrade your plants for maximum efficiency while still retaining enough wealth to quickly expand your network to get the cheapest routes. (As listed on BoardGameGeek)
I have to admit with full disclosure that I have always been a pretty huge Rio Grande Fan and Power Grid has been among my favorite games from them, so of course, I was fairly excited about the new deluxe edition!
My mild obsession with this game led me to do a side by side comparison of all the components in this game. First up, the energy tokens!
Close up of the energy tokens. < Click for high resolution
As you can see here, coal, oil and uranium are all still here, however, one source of energy has changed. Garbage is now natural gas, which actually makes a lot of sense. The new components are on the right, as as you can see, they are a pretty huge upgrade.
The new player tokens are just as much of an upgrade as the energy tokens.
Close up of the player tokens. < Click for high resolution
The new token shapes are really neat and the black player token is now a new lighter color, grey!
My only complaint with the previous version was that the money reminded me of monopoly money and I felt like I was being thrown back in to 1995, luckily for me, Power Grid Deluxe changed that!
Close up of money components. < Click for high resolution
Coin money! While it is plastic, these coins are pretty and they also suit the colors of Power Grid Deluxe. They contrast with the other colors in the game so they're always standing out on the table as you play.
In addition to beautiful new coins, Power Grid Deluxe includes all new artwork on their cards. As you can see, some of the costs have changed, and some of them have stayed the same but the new art is pretty refreshing!
I loved the simplicity of the first set, but having those new very bright colors excites me. When it comes to the card sets, it's certainly a matter of preference.
Now for the big guns.
The new board is absolutely gorgeous.
Close up of game board. <Click here for high resolution
The new board is 6 panels as opposed to the previous 4. The board colors are distinct and still somewhat reminiscent of the original game board.
I was enough about this new edition of Power Grid that I immediately pulled out a tackle box to organize it which is when I ran in to my one and only complaint about this game....
My tackle box doesn't fit inside the box.
Thankfully I was able to find a very quick and efficient solution!
Bonus content! I made a inspired power grid painting just for this blog post! Thank you Rio Grande Games for continuing to produce high quality game that are a snap call purchase, regardless if its the new or old edition.