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How to Play Pai Sho by flamingtunapictures How to Play Pai Sho by flamingtunapictures


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Hey there! I just recently posted my completed Pai Sho set

And these here are the follow up rules to how to play Pai Sho. I hope these instructions and explanations are very clear, and that they help you get started with playing some Pai Sho! I put a lot of work into all the formatting and design, and hope you enjoy it! Please feel free to leave any feedback or critique on the design etc.

My rules are a basic culmination of the other rules you can find online (all written by fellow fans), plus some extra twists such as the "Chain-action" method for scoring points. Personally, I found the more customary way of scoring points ("1." in "Scoring Points") to be very confusing and frustrating as I would be constantly forgetting to give a person their points at the beginning of their turn, or forgetting whether or not I had given them the points yet. The Chain-Action instead makes it easier to keep track of points and makes the game a little more exciting and somewhat strategic.

Feel free to download and share this with your friends! I will say however, that I would appreciate some kind of credit or link back to my page. Thanks!

P.S Oh yea! I hope to eventually make a video of a game between me and a friend (no explanation will be narrated but it'll just act as sort of a reference of what a game should look like).

More of my Avatar stuff!

Waterbending scroll-
Sokka's Dagger-
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cppietime Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think in Avatar they play by placing pieces on the intersections of the grid, not on the squares formed by them.
flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Both have been shown in the show. The episode "The Desert" (I think) shows it being played with the intersections, and the episode "The Storm" has them playing in the spaces. In addition "The Waterbending Scroll," has them playing on the spaces and in LoK they are shown playing on the spaces. I guess it's really a personal preference though.
cppietime Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I knew they played on the spaces in LoK, I don't remember from the Storm honestly. I'm just wondering about piece placement, center points, etc.. Also, how did you make the tokens? I mean the actual wooden disks?
flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist
This here is a process piece I did on making the Pai Sho set: flamingtunapictures.deviantart…

But basically, we bought a dowel, and used a chop saw to cut the individual gambits.

(my friend and I are actually planning on making another set this upcoming winter, in which we will try to use pre-cut discs so we can guarantee uniformity.)

As for the center points, the diagram on the right shows you all the starting points for the gambits. The "center points" basically just mean the two points that are to the right and left (and on your side) of the very middle of the board.

Hope this helped. I plan on doing an instructional video to compliment my sample game on Youtube sometime. Just need to find the time to do it.
cppietime Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I tried drilling out disks from a board but that didn't end well...
CaptainValliant Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  New member
Hi. Thanks heaps for putting up these rules, they're really easy to understand and I look forward to playing. I would just like to know how many of each tile you need to play, is it optional?
flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist
If I understand your question, each player should have 54 tiles. 6 of each flower (except orchid and lotus), and then 3 of the orchid, lotus, and elemental tiles.
yellowninja007 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Great rules! These are some of the best rules that I have come across so far. Others are either too complicated, or have some important details left out. I do have a few questions though. 

First: do the colors on the board have any significance other that the wheel's starting place and bonus points between a red flower in a red space and white flower in white space? 

Second: can you break a harmony by moving a piece away a space and then move it back on your next turn to get more points? 
flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks! I'm so glad to hear that! I was going for simple and easy-to-understand, because I agree, some of the rules online are so confusing.

First: Nope. They are just for, as you said, where the wheel starts, and bonus points.

Second: Technically you can, but that's really cheap and no fun to play with ;) The only time I see it as justifiable, is if you moved both pieces over the course of at least 3 turns or more etc. But ultimately, that rule is up to you and the crowd you generally play with.
DaRuGo06 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Around the edges of the board, how do you tell if a space is playable or not? Does it have to be a full square or can it be cut off a bit. Also, for spaces that have two different gardens or are half port/half garden, do they count as both? When starting on a point, can you use those half spaces as start spaces as well?
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