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Pastiche

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  • Age range: 10 and up / Number of players: 2 to 4 / Play time: 40
  • Manufacturer: Gryphon Games
  • 34 Commission Cards, 132 Palette Cards, 54 Palette Hexes, 1 Three-Hex Starting Piece, 4 Player Reference Cards, 1 Game Board
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A World of Beautiful Colors comes alive as players choose commission cards picturing 34 of the finest European art works of the past six centuries. Players score their commissions by mixing primary colors through clever tile placement and recreating the palette of colors used by the masters who created these works. Explore the paintings palettes and pasts of the artists in this unique and challenging game for the whole family. While placing hexagonal pieces to gain palette (color) cards players become familiar with the different color combinations that produce the many hues of an artists palette... all listed on the Player Reference Card. Players also learn to recognize many great artists and their works as they complete commissions.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 2.4 x 12.5 inches ; 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B004QJG85C
  • Item model number: 52110G
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,095 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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The most recent game in the Gryphon Games Family Games series is Pastiche, which was released early in 2011. Designed by Sean D. MacDonald, it is a wonderfully themed and beautifully produced gateway style game for 2-4 players about mixing colours to re-create famous paintings. It's gorgeously produced with stunning components, and is an outstanding family game that has proven very accessible, by offering relatively straight forward game-play without sacrificing a high fun factor or meaningful decisions. The game has an intriguing mix of various mechanics, among them being: tile placement, set collection, trading, and hand management.

The basic concept is that players must place hex tiles which feature dabs of colours, and depending on how these hexes are placed adjacent to existing hexes, new colours will be created. Through careful hex placement and trading, players must try to acquire the colours needed to complete commissions for famous paintings. Each of these `commission cards' is a quality and thick tile featuring a well-known artistic work, beautifully reproduced. It looks fantastic, and the mechanics mesh quite well with the theme.

Pastiche is intended to be family friendly, and it has the right mix of ingredients to be a successful gateway game, and I can even see potential for it to get nominated for gaming industry awards. We've played it over a dozen times, and continue to be impressed, despite it not being a heavy game. Recommended! - EndersGame @ BGG
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I have a big game collection, but still gravitate towards the same ones to play. Pastiche would fit that category. As a family game it is great, very easy to learn, but developing strategy is a learning process. A review complained that it was boring, but I think you would have to work hard to make it boring, or you just weren't really trying. Having played the game a handful of times only, it took 2 or 3 games to really understand how to play it well. If you do not think a little about your tile placement (which gives you your color cards), then it could seem boring because you are just playing randomly and with no strategy. I think this game would be great to help younger folks develop plans in their head before they have to take their turn. If this is boring, then what is rolling dice and moving a pawn?? That fits the boring definition.

Having played this game with my family 2 times in a row last night, they all enjoyed it, and we didn't go through even 1/4 of the paint cards. I don't see how the replay value will be an issue. Goodness, I already can't even tell you the paintings I finished, so if I get the same one next time I play the game, it won't matter. If you have curious kids, who can sit still for an hour and can take time to think things through, this game would be a wonderful addition. Set up, clean up is easy. With 4 players, we had a game finished in 45 minutes.
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The wonderful world of Art provides us so many creative and unique visions into the heart of the human experience that it is often bewildering to think that there is nothing new under the sun. Artists strive within their soul to outpour their thoughts, emotions, and conversations within the confines of their cranium walls onto various forms of medium for the world to enjoy. It is said that art is in the eye of the beholder. In the case of Pastiche, a game by Sean D. MacDonald, I have to say that art is in the hands of the holder.

I bought this game for my wife as a simple just-because gift. Hey, it gave me an excuse for adding a new game to our library while also providing my wife a smile. In this game players play as artists seeking to pay tribute to the great masters that came before by painting, through the clever placement of painting hex's to gain paint for their pallet, many of the world's great artists works.

My first impression of the box was simply outstanding. I hold a great deal of value on quality of construction and from the beginning to the end of this playing experience I was thrilled. We've got the international edition and if this is any indication of the quality produced by Gyphon Games in their other selections (yes indeed for The Road to Canterbury) the weight of the box and its contents does nothing less than pull you right into a world of superior quality like none I've ever seen.

The four wonderfully framed paintings proudly displayed on the face of the classic art-feeling box immediately draw you into the fiction of the game.
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As a family that loves board games, we were very interested in this game because it is so different than other games. The two main phases of the game are placing your hex tile to determine which color paints you get and trading paints. My sons, ages 9 to 15, like it and ask to play it often. It was easy enough to explain the rules to a group of friends. It involves planning and exposes you to famous paintings, so I suppose the educational value is pretty good.
Yes, it costs more money than you'd spend at toy stores but these kinds of games (Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, etc.) are higher quality and not gimmicky like so many kids' games.
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