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Chris Clark
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OK. So, I don't know if I'm being thick or not but the Power Grid boards seem somewhat biased on starting locations.

I've had, what I think is, a thorough search of the forums to see if I can shed some light on it and I haven't found anything (obviously after reading the rule book a million times).
So, I was wondering if anyone else has encountered this in their game play? Am I playing it wrong? Perhaps misinterpreting the rules? Am I just making a big deal out of nothing?
No matter how we play, 9 times out of 10, the player(s) that start in the Red/Green district(s) of the original board come out on top and the player(s) that start in the rest trail all the way through the game.

I hope we're doing something wrong because it turns the game into a coin toss as to where people start and then an all knowing slog out to an inevitable end.
 
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This should be in the powergrid rules forum.
 
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Remember that multiple players can start in the same regions. My first game (US map) saw the same problem with my brother being stuck out west. Then when I re-read the rules, it turns out that anyone is allowed to start in any region.
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Chris Clark
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Military Muskrat wrote:
This should be in the powergrid rules forum.


Sorry, kinda new. blush Where is that? Should I re-post there?
 
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Chris Clark
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willythesnitch wrote:
Remember that multiple players can start in the same regions. My first game (US map) saw the same problem with my brother being stuck out west. Then when I re-read the rules, it turns out that anyone is allowed to start in any region.


Surely all that leads to is someone being pinned in until you can expand onto someone else city later into the game?
 
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firefeenix wrote:
Military Muskrat wrote:
This should be in the powergrid rules forum.


Sorry, kinda new. blush Where is that? Should I re-post there?

An admin should probably come and redirect it. Just remember any rules questions should go into the forums for that particular game.
 
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Chris Clark
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Military Muskrat wrote:
firefeenix wrote:
Military Muskrat wrote:
This should be in the powergrid rules forum.


Sorry, kinda new. blush Where is that? Should I re-post there?

An admin should probably come and redirect it. Just remember any rules questions should go into the forums for that particular game.


OK.

Firstly, sorry for a pointless post.
On the other hand, this has pointed me in the direction of the information I needed.
Also, I learned many things
This can be deleted/locked now if required.
 
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Military Muskrat wrote:
firefeenix wrote:
Military Muskrat wrote:
This should be in the powergrid rules forum.


Sorry, kinda new. blush Where is that? Should I re-post there?

An admin should probably come and redirect it. Just remember any rules questions should go into the forums for that particular game.


For future reference, the forum for Power Grid is here:

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2651/power-grid#forums

All games have a forum page which can be found if you go to the game's main page and scroll down to the forums section.
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Anyone can start their network in any unoccupied city (not region, city). So taking the US map for example, in a 4-player game, you might very well have 2-3 people starting on the eastern half of the map and 1 person starting out west.

Basically, players fighting over the cheap real estate should help even things out as compared to the player(s) in the expensive area(s) having no real competition. And of course, when Step 2 (and again Step 3) hits, then the free-for-all for cheap land starts all over again.

Starting position is important, which is one of the reasons the cheapest power plants are worth buying, so you have first shot at a cheap place to start. But it's far from the most important thing.
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Chris Clark
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Shadowen wrote:
For future reference, the forum for Power Grid is here:

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2651/power-grid#forums

All games have a forum page which can be found if you go to the game's main page and scroll down to the forums section.


Thanks

One of the things I have learnt today.
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sybrwookie wrote:
Anyone can start their network in any unoccupied city (not region, city). So taking the US map for example, in a 4-player game, you might very well have 2-3 people starting on the eastern half of the map and 1 person starting out west.

Basically, players fighting over the cheap real estate should help even things out as compared to the player(s) in the expensive area(s) having no real competition. And of course, when Step 2 (and again Step 3) hits, then the free-for-all for cheap land starts all over again.

Starting position is important, which is one of the reasons the cheapest power plants are worth buying, so you have first shot at a cheap place to start. But it's far from the most important thing.


And my experience is the person who has the least competition for an area has a big leg up. Starting in an area with low connection costs is going to be a sure way to find yourself in stiff competition for the connections with other players.
 
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Chris Clark
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This is all starting to make a great deal of sense.
Now dying to get a game on the go but instead I have to go to bed for an early start in the morning.
Thanks so much everyone. I shall be more careful next time with my post placement
 
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Thread moved to Power Grid» Forums » Rules

Also please look at the Power Grid FAQ, it is full of useful information.
 
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