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

EDIT: VIDEO SAMPLE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I30Dx…



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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.
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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).
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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? 
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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.
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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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flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist
Most of these you determine yourself based on personal preference, but for myself and who I play with we usually say:
1. the square has to be at least half a square.
2. you have to put a wheel on a full tan/yellow garden square (so basically, the "split garden" squares are either red or white)
3. You are suppose to enter a piece on the board (if its a flower) on the left and right tips of the port. The special tiles can be placed anywhere, so the half-spaces don't really matter (whether or not you can place a special tile on an entering point is also something you and your friends determine for yourselves.)

I hope this helped. Basically, you and your friends determine the fine details of the game. My rules here are more of just a general instruction of how to place, enter, and move the pieces.
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DaRuGo06 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, thank for you the clarification and above all putting this whole guide to Pai Sho together in the first place. 
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flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Your welcome! I'm glad it's helping you! :)
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KaeporaGaebora3 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
I'd love to see an actual game of Pai Sho being played. Just to get the feel of it. ^^
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flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist
I'm actually hoping to film a game btw a friend and me when we can finally find time to play!
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KaeporaGaebora3 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
It'd be super helpful to see it in action. The game seems fun though!
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flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Just uploaded the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I30Dx…
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