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James
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I just want to confirm that I understand all the rules spread throughout the rulebook for removing the smallest power plant in the power plant market. Here they are, summarized in one place:

During the auction phase:
- If the discount token is on the smallest power plant, and a smaller power plant is drawn, then remove and replace the drawn power plant, and set aside the discount token.

At the end of the auction phase:
- If nobody bought the discounted power plant, remove and replace it.
- If the “1x” card is in the power plant market, then remove both the smallest power plant and the “1x” card (do not replace them). This happens after removing and replacing the discounted power plant when applicable.

During the buy resources phase:
- Whenever the resource discard pile is shuffled, remove and replace the smallest power plant.

At the end of the bureaucracy phase:
- If the “1x” card is drawn while updating the power plant market, then remove both the lowest power plant and the “1x” card (do not replace them).
- If the “1x” card was drawn during the auction phase of this round, remove and replace the smallest power plant.


I find the last rule a little odd... if the "1x"/"one more round" card appears in the first phase instead of the third phase, then the smallest power plant in the market is removed one additional time during the round.
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Chris
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Yes these are all the cases. Since the rulebook is such a mess in my opinion, I created a flowchart of the game which contains exactly these cases as well.
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Richard Dewsbery
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jameskk wrote:

During the buy resources phase:
- Whenever the resource discard pile is shuffled, remove and replace the smallest power plant.


We missed this rule completely.
 
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Sorry what is he 1x card?
 
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Sorry what is he 1x card?

The card that starts at the bottom of the power plant deck; when it is drawn there will be one more full turn.
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RDewsbery wrote:
jameskk wrote:

During the buy resources phase:
- Whenever the resource discard pile is shuffled, remove and replace the smallest power plant.


We missed this rule completely.

So did we the first time or two. I have a note to myself to write up a little cheat sheet - Subtle differences for experienced Power Grid players aka Rules that you will probably overlook because you have been playing Power Grid for over ten years. This will be on that list.
 
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Edwin Karat
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jameskk wrote:
I just want to confirm that I understand all the rules spread throughout the rulebook for removing the smallest power plant in the power plant market. Here they are, summarized in one place:

During the auction phase:
- If the discount token is on the smallest power plant, and a smaller power plant is drawn, then remove and replace the drawn power plant, and set aside the discount token.

At the end of the auction phase:
- If nobody bought the discounted power plant, remove and replace it.
- If the “1x” card is in the power plant market, then remove both the smallest power plant and the “1x” card (do not replace them). This happens after removing and replacing the discounted power plant when applicable.

During the buy resources phase:
- Whenever the resource discard pile is shuffled, remove and replace the smallest power plant.

At the end of the bureaucracy phase:
- If the “1x” card is drawn while updating the power plant market, then remove both the lowest power plant and the “1x” card (do not replace them).
- If the “1x” card was drawn during the auction phase of this round, remove and replace the smallest power plant.


I find the last rule a little odd... if the "1x"/"one more round" card appears in the first phase instead of the third phase, then the smallest power plant in the market is removed one additional time during the round.


Is that last rule equivalent to "First, remove and replace the lowest power plant if it has the discount. Then if the 1x card is in the market at the end of the auction phase, remove the lowest power plant (along with the 1x card). If that happened (the 1x card was there at the end of the auction), then later at the end of the bureaucracy phase, once again remove the lowest power plant and draw a replacement."

That is, you remove the lowest power plant twice (or three times, if the discount was there), but not doing the final discard/draw until the end?
 
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Mark Engelberg
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"At the end of the bureaucracy phase:
- If the “1x” card is drawn while updating the power plant market, then remove both the lowest power plant and the “1x” card (do not replace them).
- If the “1x” card was drawn during the auction phase of this round, remove and replace the smallest power plant.
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This last rule makes little sense to me. It seems to me that the spirit of the rule is probably to ensure that the available power plants in the last round begin with at least one card from the "ultra good cards" that were hoarded at the bottom of the draw stack throughout the game. However, this rule fails to completely achieve that objective. Specifically, if the "last round" card is the very last card drawn at the end of phase 1, the extra removal-and-replace is not triggered, so you go into the final round with none of the really good cards in play.

I think this rule is likely an error, and I would love to get official clarification on this.

 
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Karlsen wrote:
I have a note to myself to write up a little cheat sheet - Subtle differences for experienced Power Grid players aka Rules that you will probably overlook because you have been playing Power Grid for over ten years. This will be on that list.

I would love to see it.
 
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