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2011
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2 − 6
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Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
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12 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Primary Name
Power Grid: The First Sparks
Alternate Names
Alta Tensión: Las Primeras Chispas
Funkenschlag: Die ersten Funken
Hoogspanning: De eerste vonken
Mégawatts: Les Premières Étincelles
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In 2001, 2F-Spiele published the original Funkenschlag.

In 2011, it is time to look back...a long time back! To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original Funkenschlag, designer Friedemann Friese will take you back in time and let you relive the early beginnings of mankind. True to the name of the German edition (a literal translation of which is "Flying Sparks"), it is time for Funkenschlag: Die ersten Funken, or "The First Sparks".

The First Sparks transports the Funkenschlag mechanisms into the Stone Age. The order of phases during a game round, the player order, the technology cards: you know all these parts from “Funkenschlag”. But what is new? What is different?

The First Sparks is much faster and far more direct. You are immediately part of the action. Each turn, each decision is important. As a clan leader you decide on the well-being of your clan during the Stone Age. You need to develop new hunting technologies and get new knowledge - to successfully hunt food or to learn to control fire. With the help of these skills, you will harvest enough food to feed your clan and spread it far enough to reach new hunting areas.

In a game of The First Sparks you are always confronted with many decisions: Which technology cards offer you the biggest advantages? When is the right time to spread your clan on the game board? Which hunting areas will grant the most food? Reaching new hunting areas or trying to secure parts of the game board for your own clan are important factors for your strategy. Empty spaces are cheaper for you to settle compared to spaces in which other clans are already settled. If you are the first to increase your clan size to 13 clan members, you win The First Sparks.

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Power Grid: The First Sparks FAQ -- Please read before posting a question in the forum! Many questions are asked over and over.

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Components:

  • 6 board tiles
  • 1 storage board
  • 102 wooden clan members
  • 98 food tokens
    • 18 green field crops
    • 12 yellow field crops
    • 18 berries
    • 20 fish
    • 18 wild game
    • 12 mammoths
  • 36 technology cards
  • 6 "herb" starting cards
  • 8 overview cards
  • 12 "food supply" tiles

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Czech/Slovak first edition
Publisher: Albi
Artist: Lars-Arne "Maura" Kalusky
Year: 2012
Product Code: 86413
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Release Date: May 2012
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Publisher: Filosofia Édition
Artist: Lars-Arne "Maura" Kalusky
Year: 2012
Product Code: FIL 10520
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Release Date: May 2012
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German first edition
Publisher: 2F-Spiele
Artist: Lars-Arne "Maura" Kalusky
Year: 2011
Product Code: 20.10.02
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Release Date: Oct 20, 2011
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English first edition
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Artist: Lars-Arne "Maura" Kalusky
Year: 2011
Product Code: 461
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Release Date: Jan 12, 2012
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Dutch first edition
Publisher: 999 Games
Artist: Lars-Arne "Maura" Kalusky
Year: 2011
Product Code: 999-DEV01
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Release Date: Dec 2011
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11 Power Grid: The First Sparks FAQ
Frequently asked questions for Power Grid: The First Sparks. Version 1.0.
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