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|The theme of this game (building a power supply network) really works for some - but not for me. What I do like, however, is the demand driven changes of market prices and the catch-up mechanism that makes the game a little more forgiving.
|Funkenschlag is my favorite game by Friedemann Friese and its also one of the best games overall on my shelf. The playing board is small, yet you can take care of it by going to your nearest printing shop, have the board enlarged and laminated. Get dry erase markers too, throw away the crayons! The rest of the game components are nice wooden pieces and playing cards. This is a great auction and resource market game. There are two markets for purchasing factories, current and future. So when the auction begins on the current market you decide what’s your top price or wait for a possible future market factory to become available. There are several types of factories too Coal, Oil, Garbage, Nuclear Power, Ecological and Fusion. Each factory can produce electricity for an X amount of cities at the cost of X amount of resources. After the factory auction phase, you need to get the resources to power your factories. This is always interesting as the price of resources goes up when that particular resource is purchased. Next you need to build power lines to the available cities on the playing board. There are water and mountain areas that cost more to build through and money is always tight, so build quickly before your opponent makes you pay for it. Of course then comes the Bureaucracy phase where you get money for every city you can power, those resources are used up and returned to the resource market. The rules are relatively simple and short, yet there is lots to think about on each turn. This game is a favorite with my son’s college friends.
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