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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Jim Carvin
United States
Hamburg
Pennsylvania
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Joel Weeks
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Roswell
Georgia
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11. Pala

Blend the colors of suits to change the color of cards in a trick. But do it at very specific times to win.
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Andrew
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A really cool trick-taking game, with the variant of playing colors as well as numbers. Even better, you can play with the colors to follow suit, make your bets, or just mess with your opponents. Red trick not to your liking? Play a blue card (low number, as it will add to the red number winning the trick), then play a purple card that beats that combined sum to take the lead. Someone led with an orange that you can't beat? Try playing a red and a yellow card that together surpass the value of that card! There's a lot of cursing around the table when this game comes out, because it's a lot harder to predict what's going to happen!
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
James Nathan Spencer
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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Pala with 5 (the kind where you draft how many points the suits are worth). I've played once with 4 before and thought it was really neat. Didn't like it as much with 5.
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Michael Skrynski
Germany
Frankfurt am Main
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Pala
Edition: First edition (2012)
Publisher: Cambridge Games Factory
Language: English (No necessary in-game text)
Condition: very good condition
Shipping: Free shipping within the EU
 
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jflartner
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Pennsylvania
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Played a few times - looks great

SR $5
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Michael Skrynski
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Frankfurt am Main
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Pala
Edition: First edition (2012)
Publisher: Cambridge Games Factory
Language: English (No necessary in-game text)
Condition: very good condition
Shipping: Free shipping within the EU
 
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Mark Johnson
Canada
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Newfoundland
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“Brothers, oh brothers, my days here are done, the Dornishman’s taken my life, But what does it matter, for all men must die, and I’ve tasted the Dornishman’s wife!”
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"Oak and iron guard me well, or else I'm dead and doomed to hell." - Andal proverb.
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Edition/Publisher: Cambridge

Soft Reserve: $5

BIN: $10

Condition/Comments: Brand New.
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
G Mc
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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48 cards:
[1,1,2,2,3,3,4,5] in Red, Blue, Yellow
[2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9] in Orange, Purple, Green
 
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Jesse Bouvier
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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Like new/Jamais Joué

Great little trick-taking game with a cool twist(but nobody in my group wants to play!). Very hard to find.
 
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Michael Skrynski
Germany
Frankfurt am Main
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Pala
Edition: First edition (2012)
Publisher: Cambridge Games Factory
Language: English (No necessary in-game text)
Condition: very good condition
Shipping: Free shipping within the EU
 
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Jason Kotarski
United States
Flint
Michigan
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THE YEAR CAMBRIDGE GAMES FACTORY RELEASED SOME GAMES COLLECTION!

Condition: Used, like new.
Edition: CGF Clamshell plactic box-type thing.

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Condition: Used, like new.
Edition: CGF Clamshell plactic box-type thing.
 
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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Sergio, Donna, Galen, and I gave this a whirl.
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Galen Brownsmith
United States
Medford
Massachusetts
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Well, I taught it and we played 1 hand. Then the other 5 players finished their long game, so we stopped.
 
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Corey Downum
United States
San Luis Obispo
California
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Searched long and hard for this one and finally found it at a bookstore across the country who agreed to ship it to me sans box to reduce cost. All that work and it still sits unplayed. For Shame.

Acquired: Nov. 12, 2013
 
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Eldon Nichol
United States
Prineville
Oregon
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Hoping someone finds this whistle

FOUND!
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Matty Totonchy
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Michael Skrynski
Germany
Frankfurt am Main
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Pala
Edition: First edition (2012)
Publisher: Cambridge Games Factory
Language: English (No necessary in-game text)
Condition: very good condition
Shipping: Free shipping within the EU
 
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Adam Porter
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Another trick-taker - this one features a BRILLIANT idea and it makes it onto the list on that basis alone. It may not be the simplest trick-taking game, or even the most fun, but it has the most innovative central mechanic I've seen in the genre.

In many trick-taking games, the randomness of the card-draw is mitigated by having players score points by correctly assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their hands. This process is oddly called "bidding" not to be confused with the process which happens in a auction. In Pala, players bid based on how many tricks they think they will score of a specific colour: so far this is a fairly generic ruleset. The twist is that players can blend colours. Hence a mix of the primary colours blue and yellow is equivalent to the secondary colour green. This allows players to play multiple cards on a single turn to increase the strength of their cards, or even to alter the colour of the suit led, by "smudging": for example, a player could add a red card to a previously played yellow thereby changing the suit led to orange. The player can then follow with an orange card from their hand.

This is an ingenious idea and it works well. Sadly the publisher sends these games out in horrible plastic blister packs - I'd have loved a nice box. This is a great change of pace for trick-taking fans.
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Michael Skrynski
Germany
Frankfurt am Main
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Pala
Edition: First edition (2012)
Publisher: Cambridge Games Factory
Language: English (No necessary in-game text)
Condition: very good condition
Shipping: Free shipping within the EU
 
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Jimmy Okolica
United States
Washington Township
Ohio
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Published: 2012
First F2F Play: May-2013
Last F2F Play: Sep-2014
Total F2F Plays: 8

Another brain-burny trick-taker and this one works great with 5. Trick-taker where players use their knowledge of colors to change the suit mid-trick. Beautiful!
 
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Martin G
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Bristol
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Item for Geeklist "New to you October 2013 => Best new boardgame"

Slim pickings... I played Pala once more a few months after and I remained pretty baffled. Trick-takers really benefit from repeat play with the same group, but I own so many different ones that they rarely get it. There's a lesson here...
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
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From the game's description:

The published version of Pala includes two ways to play...

In Impressionism, players collectively determine the value of different colors (suits) by discarding cards from their hands before the round begins. Points are bad, analogous to Hearts.

In Pointillism, players bid with colored chips to indicate the colors they expect to win, but over-bidding risks losing all your points for the round. Points are good, analogous to Spades.
 
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Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
Mike Fogus
United States
Burke
Virginia
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