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Marcus Rice
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We have enjoyed Power Grid and have even purchased the new power plants.
So the next step is to buy a map. The big question is which one? Benelux/Central Europe is looking good but then so too does the Spain/Brazil and China/Korea looks odd but interesting. Not too sure about France/Italy but I could be swayed with a good point.

So please let me know your thoughts. How much faster/slower is the version you like? Why do you like it? What is it that makes you choose it over the others?

Your insight will be much appreciated.
 
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I love Benelux, since it speeds up the game a lot. If you have a tight schedule and still want to play Powergrid, Benelux is the right choice.
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Another vote for China/Korea. Especially Korea. It makes Power Grid the same game, yet totally different.

As for Benelux, it is OK, and it should make the game shorter, but in my experience it is about the same length as the other games. Maybe it shaves off one turn.
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I vote for Benelux/Central Europe. Both are good maps, especially Central Europe.
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Another vote for China/Korea.

Korea makes the game really different.

China makes it more tense because of the "structured" sell of the powercards. Tends to make the bids go higher.

Benelux seems a bit faster. Not too sure if it really is.

Italy is the "tightest" map. Not for beginners.

The new power card expansion is nice for people who played it more than 25 times and "know" the cards too well. It might also be good for beginners because the starting prices of the different power cards are a bit lower for what you get.

I haven't played my Iberia/Brazil map yet, so can't comment on it.
 
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another vote for china/korea. The subtle changes to the resource distribution (korea) and structured plants (china) really alters the game.

Italy is fun and tight, but for beginners, might be a bit too cutthroat.
 
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Another vote for Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe...

but...

face up to it...

You know what you really want to do:

Buy all of them devil

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Benelux/Central Europe will be a good choice for their simplicity and speed.

France/Italy are a simple but good variant too. Though they are not too different from the basic maps.

I think Korea/China maps are better for Experts who want to find out a different option of the game. Especially China was played only once in my group, and Korea rarely. IMHO Korea makes the game different and more complicated, but not more enjoyable.

Most played maps in my gaming group are Germany - USA - Benelux - France; in descending order. We are playing Power Grid about once a week since 5 years.
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