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    SATURDAY GAME DAY with Jacob Valdez

    power_gridHey Gang, local game guru Jacob Valdez will be hosting another awesome “Saturday Game Day” event here at Collected on March 23! Please come down and join in all the fun and let Jacob teach us all some fun new games! The following games will be on the docket for the day: Ticket to Ride, Elfenland, Clippers, Power Grid, TransAmerica & TransEuropa. For quick pick-up games, we’ll have Fluxx, Target, No Thanks!, Poison, Lost Cities, Battle Line and King’s Blood. So plan to drop by the shop and dive into a fun new game.

    power_gridPower Grid is the updated release of the Friedemann Friese crayon game Funkenschlag. It removes the crayon aspect from network building in the original edition, while retaining the fluctuating commodities market like Crude: The Oil Game and an auction round intensity reminiscent of The Princes of Florence.

    The object of Power Grid 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.