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Feb 2014
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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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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
Joel Weeks
United States
Roswell
Georgia
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9
Feb 2016
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takuya matsunaga
Japan
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9
Oct 2013
pala is a good trick-taking game!
2013-10-13
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-matt s.
United States
Eugene
Oregon
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8.5
Feb 2014
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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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Josh C.
United States
Dayton
OHIO (OH)
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8.5
Nov 2012
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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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Christopher Rao
United States
Seattle
WA
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Q:When I say "lawyer" what pops into your head? A:Someone who designs games about penguins." - Dormammu
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8
Oct 2011
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Wakefield Morys-Carter
United Kingdom
Oxford
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Oct 2011
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Kevin Rutherford
United States
Perrysburg
Ohio
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Dec 2011
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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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Jay Volk
United States
Richfield
Ohio
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8
Jun 2012
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Francis Kan
Hong Kong
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Dec 2012
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Carol C
United States
Brookline
Massachusetts
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Dec 2012
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Ben Friedberg
United States
Warsaw
IN
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Sep 2013
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Ryan Metzler
United States
Round Lake Beach
Illinois
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"Wuhhh... I think so, Brain, but if a ham can operate a radio, why can't a pig set a VCR?"
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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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Brian Lewis
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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Oct 2013
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Steven Canning
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Oct 2013
Andrew
Canada
Burnaby
British Columbia
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Oct 2014
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Will Giammona
United States
Oakland
California
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8
Sep 2014
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Jeff
United States
Oregon
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8
Dec 2013
Christopher DeFrisco
United States
Ashland
Oregon
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8
Mar 2014
Galen Brownsmith
United States
Medford
Massachusetts
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8
Dec 2014
Jer Crosskill
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Sep 2015
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jer cross
Canada
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Sep 2015
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Dakota Aull
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Apr 2016
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Yeon-Min Jung
South Korea
seoul
itaewon
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7.6
Sep 2013
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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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Jared
United States
Berthoud
Colorado
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7.5
Jun 2012
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Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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What are you doing!? I don't even know you!
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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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Eric McGlohon
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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7.5
Dec 2014
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Crystal McLaughlin
Australia
WOLLONGONG
NSW
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7.5
May 2014
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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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fabrice vandenbogaerde
Belgium
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7.5
Dec 2015
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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7
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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Aug 2012
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2011-11-08
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Jason Kotarski
United States
Flint
Michigan
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7
Nov 2011
Daniel Kenel
United States
New London
Iowa
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Dec 2015
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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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
Cat THM
Ireland
Co. Cork
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Sep 2013
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Oct 2013
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