Advanced Rules for Colors of Paris

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Unlocking the Vibrant Palette: Discover Paris through Colors

Paris, the dazzling city of lights, has long captivated the hearts of residents and visitors alike. Its allure lies not only in its stunning architecture and rich history, but also in its vibrant and diverse palette of colors. Each neighborhood, every street, and even the smallest corner of Paris is painted with unique hues that tell a story of its own. In this guide, I invite you to embark on a colorful journey through the streets of Paris, where you’ll discover the hidden meanings behind the city’s most iconic colors.

The Elegance of the Classic Parisian Palette

Paris is synonymous with elegance, and its classic color palette reflects this timeless charm. Walking through the city’s grand boulevards, you’ll be enchanted by the soft shades of ivory and cream that adorn the facades of the Haussmann buildings. These muted colors evoke a sense of refinement and sophistication, inviting you to step into a world of timeless beauty.

As you wander further into the heart of Paris, you’ll encounter the majestic greens of the city’s many parks and gardens. The lush foliage creates a refreshing contrast against the city’s gray stone buildings, and you’ll find yourself drawn to these oases of tranquility. Take a moment to sit beneath the canopy of trees and let the vibrant greens calm your soul.

The Bohemian Rhapsody: Exploring Montmartre’s Colorful Streets

Escape the grandeur of central Paris and venture into the artistic enclave of Montmartre, where every corner bursts with color and creativity. As you ascend the winding streets, you’ll be greeted by cascades of vibrant blues, sunny yellows, and fiery reds. These lively colors are a testament to Montmartre’s Bohemian spirit, a place where artists from around the world have sought inspiration for centuries. Lose yourself in the colorful maze of streets and soak up the electric energy that permeates the air.

The Unforgettable Hues of the Seine

The Seine River, flowing through the heart of the city, is not only a historical landmark but also a canvas of ever-changing colors. From the soft pinks and oranges of the dawn to the dusky blues and purples of twilight, the hues of the Seine mirror the moods of the city. Embark on a boat tour or simply stroll along the riverbanks, and let the mesmerizing palette of the Seine paint a vivid picture of Paris in your mind.

A Rainbow of Flavors: Parisian Cuisine in Living Color

Paris is a city that tantalizes not only the eyes but also the taste buds. The vibrant colors of its cuisine are a feast for both the stomach and the soul. Indulge in the golden flakiness of a croissant, a quintessential Parisian delight. Delight in the mouthwatering reds and purples of ripe berries at a local market. Savor the velvety richness of chocolate as it melts on your tongue. The colors of Parisian cuisine are a reflection of the city’s passion for gastronomy, inviting you to explore a world of flavors with every bite.

Now, it’s your turn to unlock the vibrant palette of Paris. Whether you’re wandering through the elegant streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés or immersing yourself in the artistic fervor of Le Marais, let the colors guide you on a captivating journey through the heart and soul of the city. Paris is waiting to reveal its true colors to you.

I’ll let you in on a little secret – you have the power to enhance your gaming experience by adding some extra oomph to the basic game. How, you ask? Well, it’s actually quite simple. All you have to do is add one or both of the two modules I’m about to tell you about.

Module 1: Bonus Cards


Instead of picking the paint card, you can choose to buy a Bonus Card using white Pigments right away.

When we start the game, we need to agree on a rule for using Bonus cards:

Rule A

Once you get a Bonus card, you can immediately use all or part of the bonus and then discard the card. This means you can play multiple Bonus cards in one round if you have multiple Assistants taking this action (including an Imitator).

Rule B

When you get a Bonus card, keep it facing up in front of you to save it for later. You can use all or part of the bonus before or after taking an action with an Assistant.

If you go for this option, you can collect several Bonus cards as you play the game. But here’s the catch: you can only use one Bonus card per round. Remember, once you use a Bonus card, flip it face down so you know you’ve used one already and can’t use another in the same round.

In phase 3, step 2 (Replace the Painting Cards), you have to get rid of the Bonus card you flipped face down.

Now, you do have the choice to use the bonus right away, right after an Assistant’s action (just like in rule A). But make sure to flip the card face down as if you had waited to use it later.


Paint Card: This is a special card that requires 4 white pigments to use. When you play this card, you need to paint something based on the level of your paintbrush.


Today, let’s talk about the Imitator card: It’s a special card that you can use in the game, and it costs 4 white Pigments. When you play this card, something interesting happens – you get to copy the action of an Assistant from the lower board. Yes, that’s right! You can imitate any Assistant, whether it’s yours or your opponent’s.

Now, you might be wondering, what’s so great about being an imitator? Well, let me tell you. Being able to copy someone else’s move can be a game-changer. It gives you the power to do things you wouldn’t normally be able to do.

Imagine this scenario: you see an Assistant on the lower board that you really want to use, but there’s one problem – it’s not your Assistant. Well, don’t worry! With the Imitator card, you can get the best of both worlds. You can borrow the action of that Assistant and use it as if it’s your own.

But here’s a double-edged sword – your opponents can also be imitators. That means they can copy your moves too. So, remember to strategize wisely and consider the consequences. Sometimes, it’s better to hold onto your valuable moves and wait for the perfect moment to unleash them.

So, if you’re looking for a card that adds an element of surprise and versatility to your game, then you’ll love the Imitator card. It allows you to adapt to the ever-changing dynamics of the game and keep your opponents guessing.

With these factors in mind, the Imitator card becomes a valuable tool in your arsenal. It gives you the ability to think on your feet, be flexible, and make the most out of every opportunity.

So, next time you’re playing the game, don’t forget about the Imitator card. It may just be the card that elevates your strategy to the next level and helps you dominate the competition.


Mix card: It costs 4 white Pigments. When you play this card, you can choose to mix either 2 Primary Colors based on your Palette level or all 3 Secondary Colors immediately.


Getting the Exchange Colors Card: This card is worth 5 white Pigments. When you choose to use this specific card, you have the ability to exchange between 1 and 4 color Pigments, excluding white and black. Keep in mind, you can only swap primary colors (blue, yellow, red) for other primary colors, and secondary colors (green, orange, violet) for other secondary colors.


Tool card: It costs 6 white Pigments to use this card. When you play this card, you can choose one of the following options for free:

  • Move one Development marker 2 spaces ahead.
  • Move two Development markers 1 space each.

Module 2: Painter Tiles

During the game setup, each player receives 2 random Painter tiles.

Choose one of the Painter tiles and keep it, then return the other one to the box. Attach your chosen Painter tile to the slot on the left side of your player board. This tile grants you a special power or talent, something that sets you apart as an artist.

Descriptions of the Painter tiles:

Now let me show you an amazing tool in the game called the “Tool card”. You can obtain it by spending 6 white Pigments. When you play this card, you have the opportunity to advance strategically. You can choose between two options: either move one Development marker forward by 2 spaces, or move two Development markers forward by 1 space each. It’s like having a secret weapon at your disposal!

Moving on to Module 2, we have something called the “Painter Tiles.” These tiles play a big role during the setup of the game. Each player receives 2 random Painter tiles, adding a touch of unpredictability and excitement.

Now, here’s the interesting part: you get to pick one of the Painter tiles and keep it, while returning the other to the box. It’s like choosing your own artistic destiny! Once you’ve made your selection, attach the chosen Painter tile to the notch on the left side of your player board. This tile contains your unique power or talent, which will give you an edge throughout the game. Embrace it, nurture it, and let it guide your artistic journey.

Now, onto the descriptions of the Painter tiles. Each tile embodies a different power or talent, something that makes you stand out as an artist. Let your imagination run wild as you explore the possibilities and discover your true artistic potential. With these tiles, the canvas becomes your playground, and your artistry knows no bounds.

Paul Cezanne:

When you choose to improve a tool, you have the opportunity to make a second improvement to the same tool during the same round. To do this, you’ll need to spend Pigments equal to the new improvement level you want to reach.

For example: Let’s say your Paint Tube is currently at level 4 (in its 2nd Development space). You decide to improve it, and spend 2 Pigments to move its Development marker up to the first 5.

If you want to take it a step further and advance it an additional space, bringing you closer to increasing its power, you’ll need to spend 5 Pigments instead of the usual 2.

Edgar Degas:

When I finish a painting, I collect three pigments (excluding white) from it. I then use these pigments to paint another one of my paintings. It’s like recycling the colors and keeping the artistic process flowing.

Paul Gauguin:

When we start playing the game, I get to pick a secondary color – orange, green, or violet – and I put a Pigment of that color on this tile.

Every time I mix two primary colors to make this color, I can swap out one of the primary Pigments with a white Pigment.


Edouard Manet

When I Acquire Red Pigments, I get to paint right away! I can paint 1 – 2 red spaces, and they can be on 1 – 2 Paintings. It’s like a double whammy of creativity!


Discover Claude Monet

When you Acquire Yellow Pigments, I have something special for you. You get to paint not just one, but two yellow spaces! And guess what? These spaces could be on one or two of your beautiful Paintings! Isn’t that exciting?


Auguste Renoir

When you perform the Acquire Blue Pigments action, you have the opportunity to paint 1 – 2 blue spaces right away. This means you can add blue to your paintings, making them more vibrant and dynamic.

Henri De Toulouse-lautrec:

Paintings are a feature in the game where you can paint 2 spaces without worrying about the colors of those spaces.

You can choose any color of Pigment to paint those spaces, except for white. However, you can still use white Pigments normally, but you will receive a 2 Prestige Point penalty at the end of the game.

Meet Vincent Van Gogh!

Hey there! Did you know that you can keep 16 Pigments at the end of each round instead of just 12? It’s a cool trick that you might find useful. Imagine having more Pigments to work with, giving you a chance to create even more awesome artwork!

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