Friday, March 9, 2012

Game Profile: Pastiche

Recreate the world's greatest masterpieces.

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Mechanics Tile Placement, Hand Management, Set Collection, Pattern Building
Theme Renaissance Paintings
Publication Gryphon Games, 2011
Ages 10+
Time 45 - 60
Players 2 - 4

A world of beautiful colors comes alive in Pastiche.  The word pastiche is used in literature and  in art to refer to something that is an imitation or recreation of an earlier work, often as a respectful homage or tribute to the original.

In a game of Pastiche, players will place color palette hexes in a central playing area to generate palette cards by mixing colors.  Each palette hex displays a single or double primary color in the center of the hex, and six “dabs” at each point.  Placement of the hex is critical not only in maximizing the number of palette cards you receive but in getting the right mix of colors for the palettes cards  that you need for your commissions.  A painting phase takes place where a player may trade palette cards with the other players and/or the bank, trade a commission card with the gallery, and complete commissions. A commission is deemed complete when a player has collected all of the required palette cards that meet the commission card requirement.  This completed commission card can be one from a player’s hand or one from the gallery.  The appropriate commission card is then placed face up in front of the player, the related palette cards are returned to the palette bank, and a new commission card is drawn.

The game ends when a player has completed commissions worth a cumulative total of points.  The cumulative point total is set by the number of players (i.e. 2 players = 45 points, 3 players = 40 points, and 4 players = 35 points).  Final scoring is based on points for completed commission cards, on palette cards in-hand that match a commission the player is working on, plus a bonus for completing two commissions by the same artist.  

Awards: 2011 MENSA Select Winner

We have an open copy of Petite Pastiche available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try.


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