There were 8 of us this week.
On our table, we played Power Grid, this being played on the Brazilian map, excluding the 2 western areas, meaning that there were a lot of cheap connections.
I got away with a good starting position in the east, when Andy placed in the north after Mike had taken a spot in the south, which meant Paul, placing last was faced with the choice of competing with Mike or myself and chose Mike.
The game was unusual in the number of low value plants that turned up early on, normally at least one decent one finds its way into the current market in the first few turns, not so this time as at one point the number 18 plant was discarded to bottom of the deck as highest plant at the end of the turn. Because of this I think everyone was forced to buy plants that they would not have considered in another game, in my case I bought the number 27 wind plant and operated it for most of the game. Additionally the transformer station came out early and could not be attached to an end game plant, even then Andy operated it to near the end connected to a 2 city plant.
Because of the way the game went, there were several turns when no plant was bought and as s result step 2 was a virtual none event with the step 3 card appearing in the following auction phase so the 20 spots became available on the same turn as the 15 spots.
As would be expected on this map, coal was in short supply and I was able to deny Mike and Andy the ability to fire their coal plants on the penultimate turn, resulting in them losing money, before finishing the game on the following turn by expanding into the very cheap southern areas where Mike and Paul started (5 zero connection cities).
On the other table was another run out for Homesteaders.