The objective 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.
AWARDS2010 Nederlandse Spellenprijs Winner
2010 Japan Boardgame Prize Voters' Selection Nominee
2010 Gouden Ludo Winner
2009 Juego del Año Finalist
2008 Ludoteca Ideale Official Selection
2008 Lucca Games Best Game Mechanics
2008 Lucca Games Best Boardgame
2008 Hra roku Nominee
2007 Hra roku Nominee
2007 Gra Roku Game of the Year
2005 Spiel des Jahres Recommended
2004 Tric Trac Nominee
2004 Tric Trac d'Argent
2004 Meeples' Choice Award
2004 International Gamers Awards - General Strategy; Multi-player Nominee