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How to Play Pai Sho by flamingtunapictures How to Play Pai Sho by flamingtunapictures
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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More of my Avatar stuff!

Waterbending scroll- fav.me/d5q82rz
Sokka's Dagger- fav.me/d57czdg
Sons of Fire: Fire Nation Royal Line - fav.me/d6bwyv9

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amontheequalizer Featured By Owner 1 day ago
The rules were easy to understand the game pieces though............OH GOD
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kujiragorira Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
Hi there and Awesome work you've got going there!
I read the rules and I think I may be ready to play but I have just one question.
What is the purpouse of Capturing another tile? And what can one do after the opponates turn has ended with said captured tile?
You probably explained it but I haven't picked it up yet.
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flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist
Hi there :) Glad to hear it. As for your questions: The purpose of capturing tiles is to prevent the other player from creating or counting harmonies (which score points), as well as to meet the conditions for a blooming lotus (have more of your opponents tiles than they have of yours). The blooming lotus can be used to score mega-points because it can form harmonies with any of your flower tiles. For your second question (I hope I'm understanding it correctly), after a tile is captured, it is, in a sense, taken completely out of play -- it can not be used or won back by either player. I hope this helped :)
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kujiragorira Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
Thank you and that exactly answered my questions! =)
I've really enjoyed learning and I'm hoping to get artsy-craftsy and build my own board!
BTW, you said the board was 25x25 but the squares add up to 18x18. Why is that? Did I read it wrong?

I is dumb...
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flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist
Haha, you're not dumb-- it's because the squares are not 1 in. They are slightly bigger (1.3 - 1.4 inches)
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kujiragorira Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
OOOooooh...
That makes sense. Also, thanks for the consideration, friend =).
Lately I just finished the entire Avatar and Korra cartoon series and I made myself a Pai Sho board this afternoon from cardboard, paper, a ruler, a pencil, duck tape and a couple of sharpies.
The ruler was for straight lines and to use as a grid square template so all the squares are about and inch or more apart. Now I have the Pai Sho pieces left and I know that gonna be a pain with cardboard.

Also, from one Avatar fan to another. In one of the early episodes in season 1 of 'Legend of Korra'; when Korra was leaning/ looking out of the air temple island windows at night, was it just me or did Korras face look a little... weird? I mean, you couldn't see any of her nose but the nostrils giving a whole Voldermorty look to it. Could just be me.
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kujiragorira Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
plus, I wished they re-established Korras connection to her past lives before the end of Season 4.
Anyone have the same thoughts?
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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...
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CaptainValliant Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
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?
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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.
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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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KaeporaGaebora3 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Oh cool!
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LynKofWinds Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Whoa awesome. :D
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flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks :)
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