(Quick reference: Stolen purples says "chosen opponent reveals his hand and discards all purple [orbs]. Steal one of those purples [to your discard pile]. If you do, trash this chip.)
I’m still pretty new at this game, so it might just be that I haven’t figured enough out yet, but every time the bank has stolen purples, it seems like (a) in a 3-player game, the first person to get hit with stolen purples loses, and (b) in a 2-player game, the first person to land stolen purples wins.
If a player gets hit at any time, it creates a purple deficit that can only be replenished by buying two purples for the next cycle, or buying stolen purples to fix the deficit over two cycles.
It can be particularly strong in the late game when each player needs multiple purples to control his pile, and then one must discard all purple chips. In my games, whoever gets hit first by this loses.
Has anyone felt that this chip is overpowered?
Maybe it could give a choice between stealing one OR forcing the discard? Any thoughts?