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Eric Foldenauer
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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9
Jun 2012
An innovative trick taking game that combines trick taking with the color palette. Very cool; very fun. Relatively easy to pick up the rules, and difficult to master.

The game is accessible to gamers and non gamers alike I think. The poker chips in the packaging keep falling out. That aspect is terrible. The art/design is appropriate to the game though. The mechanic seems tailor made to CGF's design style.

The more I play this game, the more I love it. I have come to feel that it is in a league of its own for trick taking games. The depth added with that sensible color palatte mechanism is so incredible. I cannot think of a game that packs more of a punch for what's in the box than this one.
2012-06-25
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Charlie Mote
United States
Decatur
Georgia
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9
Feb 2013
Different take on color theory game ala Pastiche.
2013-07-07
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Chris Cieslik
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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9
Dec 2012
One of the games of the year for me -- really intriguing innovation in the trick-taking realm.
2012-12-20
takuya matsunaga
Japan
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9
Oct 2013
pala is a good trick-taking game!
2013-10-13
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Jeremiah Lee
United States
Sylvania
Ohio
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8.5
Oct 2011
Had the chance to learn this game at Essen '11, and was impressed. I don't follow the trick-taking scene, (I've enjoyed Bottle Imp), but this one does have a lot of fun. The theme of mixing colors is important, and works well with the the mechanics.

Changing the color of a trick while it's in play is fun.
2011-10-23
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Robert Seater
United States
Ashland
Massachusetts
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8
Aug 2014
trick taking + color mixing (I was the developer on the game)
2012-12-13
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Heiko Günther
Germany
Saarbrücken
Saarland
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8
Oct 2011
I'm not very much into trick-taking games but this one is just great. First few rounds were a bit confusing, but once I got it, it clicked.
2011-10-26
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Daniel Kenel
United States
New London
Iowa
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8
Mar 2013
Holy shit this is a trippy trick-taker. Seems like it's best at lower player counts. I hope to be able to explore this one more.
2012-10-14
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Clint Herron
United States
Bethel
Ohio
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8
Jan 2012
Excellent excellent game -- I feared it would be a bland trick-taking game, but it didn't feel that way at all. The way that the colors mix is fantastic, and I really like the mix of two game modes. Great game!
2012-01-08
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Ryan Metzler
United States
Round Lake Beach
Illinois
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8
Feb 2013
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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8
Feb 2013
Hidden gem. Impressionism is a great trick taking game. the idea of primary and secondary colors is brilliant!
2013-02-15
Bill Rosgen
United States
Sunnyvale
California
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Dec 2013
This is an interesting trick taking game, with some ability to change the suit being played mid-trick, though it is a little chaotic with six suits in 44 cards, only 40 of which are in play.
2013-12-08
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Mark Bigney
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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7.5
May 2012
Extremely weird trick-taking game. The first play was a bit of a wash (no pun intended), but once you start to internalize the colour mixing mechanic things seem to come together. A fun variation on trick-taking that doesn't become obtuse.
2010-01-24
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Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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7.5
Sep 2014
Very interesting. In the first round(s), this is a bit of a brain burner, at least it was difficult to wrap my head around it. Reading the rules was worse, as there are no images and it took me three runs to really understand them, although they are by no means badly written.
If you survive the first confusion, this turns out to be a very clever trick-taking game with a very solid bidding system. We played with four players and got to 30 points after four rounds, which was enough for us (can be quite long if you play all the way to 70). But if it hadn't been late, we would probably have proceeded, as at least three of us four really enjoyed it.

Production quality isn't great, unfortunately; but still, I recommend this to anyone fond of the trick-taking genre.
2014-09-02
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Jonathan Harrison
United States
Fisher
Illinois
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7.5
May 2013
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2013-06-06
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Adam Porter
Wales
Cardiff
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7.5
Aug 2014
An excellent, very clever, new take on a simple trick-taking game. A very worthy addition to the genre, and an ingenious idea.
2014-05-01
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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Feb 2015
2012-09-14: (When playing with a mistaken rule that really diminished the experience. Mistakes, and observations based thereupon, are scratched out herafter….)  5  I love the concept: I have started so many color-mixing game designs that it's ridiculous. The way it plays out is not particularly satisfying, though. Smearing the led primary color, so that a secondary color wins the trick is thematically nice, and cruel to those who played/followed the led color. Part of the problem with the game — which incidentally is impressively colorblind-friendly — is that the traditional mandate to follow suit is extrapolated: If you can't follow a secondary suit, you must mix the requisite primaries to follow, if you can. If you can't follow a primary suit, you must smear by playing another primary and the resultant color, if you can. This means that not only are your strategic options reduced through additional obligatory plays, but your cards are getting involuntarily burned twice as quickly. Yes, you start to adjust your bids based on the realization that having one or two moderately big cards in a color probably means they'll just get bled out involuntarily; however, ultimately, you're even more buffeted by the waves of the current situation than you are in something like Euchre. In Euchre, your choices are so distilled that you can simply focus on those opportunities, and strike when you can. In Pala, the added complexity just muddies the waters, and constrains the player more.

The first edition has excellent components: bright, beautiful cards, with the paint splotches shaped differently for each color, and the name of the color on the card; bold, tightly stacking bidding chips for each player (these aren't colorblind-friendly, but as long as there is one person in the group who is not colorblind, the worst it does is slow play slightly; if it's a problem, label them). Of course, it still comes in the traditional, despicable plastic clamshell that is standard for Cambridge Games Factory.

To clarify, I do still wish to play this a little more, because I believe that the game could rise as high as a  7  for me, given dedicated opponents and opportunities to play. …but I could be wrong.

Still, it's a very clever design!

2015-02-02: When I played this recently, I literally didn't even remember having played it before — perhaps because of the wrong rules. Did I really flush my memory of them that thoroughly? Anyway, this does in fact seem like an interesting game I'd like to play more; however, it was made painfully clear to us that this definitely should not be a young player's first trick-taking game: Angrily confused. I think I like it, though. Tentative  7  for me.
2015-02-02
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Antti Koskinen
Finland
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7
Nov 2011
Luckily I can live with not so good components in a trick taking game which is unique and fun.
2011-11-02
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Christian Frank
Germany
Freiburg
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7
Jan 2012
(Essen 2011 buy)
2011-10-24
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Lucas Hedgren
United States
Dublin
Ohio
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7
Aug 2012
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Mya
United States
Michigan
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7
May 2012
(As of 2 plays) Like many trick-tacking games, it can take a while to wrap your head around Pala, but once you do, the innovative color-blending aspect makes this a worthy addition to the pantheon of trick-tacking games. The dual scoring rules provide a lot of variety. Much better than I had initially expected.
2012-01-10
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Oct 2013
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2014-04-30
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Larry Rice
United States
Irvine
California
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7
Mar 2012
POINTILLISM:

After my first play, I'm still struggling to wrap my brain around mixing and smearing and how to calculate accordingly for the bidding that occurs before the hand is played. I'm not totally sure what is strong although I usually find 9s to be fairly safe as long as you don't lead off too early with them. The smearing and mixing mechanism is clever and an interesting twist to a trick taking game. The scoring is different as well as you score the product of the different color chips you bid and the number of tricks you take. (or you can gain or lose points by going nil but that is slow going in 4-5 player games).

IMPRESSIONISM:

Have yet to play this game.
2012-03-23
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Tom Rosen
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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7
Jun 2012
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2012-06-19
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Nathan Dilday
United States
Newton
Massachusetts
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7
May 2012
While not as good as Bargain Hunter, I don't think, there's a pretty hefty amount of thought that can go into a game of Pala.
2012-05-26
Cristian Cano
Spain
Sevilla
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7
Jun 2013
Strange trick taking game, I have to play it more to see if it's good or only OK, let's see if I can get it to the table again in a short period of time.
2012-07-05
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Joel J
United States
Iowa City
IA
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7
Jul 2012
Very tentative rating as this is a *very* different trick taker and it was clear we didn't really know what we were doing, but all-in-all I have very positive impressions so far. Playing the version where you try not to get negative points felt reminiscent of Sticheln, but not so calculational. The smearing/mixing mechanic sounds confusing at first, but it's actually fairly straightforward.
2012-06-24
Tom Hilgert
Germany
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Bavaria
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7
Jul 2012
Ratimg is for Pointillism. But I cannot recommend it as 3 player game
2012-07-28
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Taku Satou
Japan
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo
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Dec 2013
トリック中にリードスートを変えられるという変速トリテ。 さらにチャレンジ形式なので苦しくも楽しい。
2013-12-02
Jimmy Okolica
United States
Washington Township
Ohio
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7
Sep 2014
What a great trick taker! Unfortunately, I don't get enough opportunities to play with 3+ players. There's a lot of chances for screwage with the blending of colors. Definitely need more time for discovery.
2013-07-04
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Martin G
United Kingdom
Bristol
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7
Oct 2013
It sounded like an intriguing trick-taker and that's exactly what it is! The 'trick' in this one is that you can play pairs of different-coloured cards to 'mix' a third colour.
2013-11-01
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D Lew
United States
Eagle Mountain
Utah
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Apr 2015
Different take on trick-taking game. A little known gem.
2015-01-18
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Andy Parsons
United Kingdom
Chelmsford
Essex
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Jul 2015
A game whose basic mechanics are similar to Die Sieben Siegel in that players bid to win tricks in specific suits or no tricks at all. What makes Pala unique is its concept of mixing two primary coloured cards to create a higher value in a secondary colour. Most interestingly, this can be done to a card led by an opponent in order to change the colour of the suite that will win the trick. I think that Pala is one for the trick-taking geeks as there is barely any theme and it is quite cerebral. As a trick-taking geek and I enjoy it.

Artwork and production are to the usual poor standards of Cambridge Games Factory. At least the cards are of decent quality. The rules are well-written and clear.
2015-07-29
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Howell
Michigan
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6.5
Jul 2012
This is a really interesting trick-taking game. I love the way you can blend colors. The bidding is really difficult to master as well. I rate this a 6.5, but it could go up once I get a better handle on the game.
2012-07-29
Chad Weaver
United States
Denver
Pennsylvania
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Jun 2013
(no plays yet)
[Amazon $10.40 Dec 2012]
2013-01-08
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Jeff Wolfe
United States
Columbus
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6
Jun 2012
Two trick taking games in the box, called Impressionism and Pointillism. With the former, you're trying to get the least points and with the latter, you're trying to get the most points. I enjoyed Pointillism more.
2012-06-01
Christopher Ross
United States
Charleston
West Virginia
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Dec 2013
Never played.
2015-07-03
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Bruce Miller
United States
Grand Rapids
Michigan
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6
Jan 2013
Trick taking card game in which players must follow suit if able, but if not may play off or change the suite to another color. One play isn't enough, but I doubt I'll have another chance. You have some choice, but not the right choices at the right time.
2013-01-27
Bryan Maxwell
United States
Burtchville
Michigan
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6
Mar 2013
This game deserves better than the 6 rating I currently have it at. The problem is that I can't get my head around how to bid and value the cards in my hand at all. I admire the game but I feel like a big dummy when I play it so far.

Hopefully that will change with increased plays.
2013-03-24
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Mark Choo
Malaysia
Bayan Lepas
Penang
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6
Apr 2013
Available within playgroup(s).
2013-04-26
Chris
United States
Broomfield
Colorado
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6
Jul 2013
Didn't seem that great after one hand of play of Pointillism. Especially when the standard for card games is Mü and Tichu.
2013-07-07
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Alex Brown
United States
Greenbelt
MD
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Jul 2015
Clever! But the melding rules end up being too constraining and the gameplay is not what I wanted it to be as a result.
2015-07-20
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Kevin Eastwood
United States
Dracut
Massachusetts
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Mar 2015
Gave to Steph/Ron 12/7/14
2015-01-11
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Curt Carpenter
United States
Seattle
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Sep 2012
Played a prerelease version. A very interesting take on a trick-taking game.
2011-10-10
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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Dec 2014
A somewhat interesting trick-taking card game. I have played the "Pointillism" version.
2014-12-08
Ben Draper
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Dec 2012
Essen '11: Wish it played 2 players... regardless, Pala is a solid trick-taking game (two, in fact) with a lightly-brushed theme (pun intended). This could go up or down a rating point dependent upon long-term replayability.
2011-12-27
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Saku Sairanen
Finland
Espoo
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Oct 2011
An interesting take on a trick-taking game where it is possible to use two cards to 'smear' two cards into one summing up the result. Doesn't really work though. It's too rare to be able to smear and smearing results in players having different numbers of cards in their hand. A curiosity.
2011-10-25
Ting Pong IP
Hong Kong
Lai Chi Kok
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[CBG 2012 edition] {trick-taking, bidding; optimal 4p} I always like trick-taking games

But the illustration of cards isn't attractive enough.
2012-11-11
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Brian Current
United States
Carmel
IN - Indiana
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2012-06-09
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Bob Henry
United States
Basking Ridge
New Jersey
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Trick taking game with several unique twists.
2012-07-14

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