Here are all of the resources I’ve found for buying a Pai Sho set. Because sooner or later, you know that playing online just won’t be good enough!
Know This First
There are different Pai Sho games, and each game uses a different set of tiles. They are completely different games that are played on the same board. If you aren’t familiar with them, try them out at The Garden Gate – SkudPaiSho.com! Skud Pai Sho and Vagabond Pai Sho are the most popular.
The Pai Sho Board. Whether buying or building, remember that the base for a Pai Sho board is an 18 x 18 grid of squares cut into a circle. This means that the outermost lines of the base grid are not part of the actual playing field. See the print-and-play set or reference all the board designs on SkudPaiSho.com to make sure you get the number of lines and spacing right on your board.
Use SkudPaiSho.com as a reference for which points on the board are playable, especially if you are planning to make a “stop-line” style board, where the lines stop at the outermost playable points. Many boards would benefit from a border around the edge so the outermost points are usable without pieces falling off of the board.
Standard sizes for Pai Sho sets:
- Small. 18-inch (46cm) circle playing field with squares at least 1-inch, tiles about 1-inch (2.5cm)
- Large. Roughly 23-inch or 24-inch (60cm) circle playing field with squares at least 1.25-inch, tiles about 1.25-inch or a bit less (3.1cm)
Note that this means large tiles do not fit on a small board. Also, some sellers make a medium-size board that’s somewhere in between small and large.
Making your own Pai Sho board is a fun project and a great way to get a nice wooden board. See more about how I recommend making a DIY, no tools needed board here.
Free Print-and-Play Set
Download this free print-and-play Pai Sho set pdf (or the LibreOffice Draw source file) to create your own Pai Sho set! It includes a board, multiple Skud Pai Sho tile design sets, and Vagabond Pai Sho tiles. Print it as it is to get a large Pai Sho board, or print it at 80% size to get a small Pai Sho board.
Printing the board and mounting the pages onto a nice piece of cardboard with glue can give you a nice board!
The Garden Gate Pai Sho Sets
I sell laser-cut wooden Pai Sho boards and tiles. See examples on my Instagram. Buying a Pai Sho set from me directly supports the work I’ve done in creating Skud Pai Sho and The Garden Gate.
My shop is not always open. The link to my shop will be in Discord, which is where I announce items being relisted. To join the Discord to get updates about the shop, or to get in touch with any questions, visit the Contact SkudPaiSho page.
The Garden Gate Pai Sho Tiles
I aim to sell the best Pai Sho tiles available. I offer tiles for Skud, Vagabond, and Capture Pai Sho, as well as a set of Canon tiles that contains designs as close to what is shown in the show as possible. Skud Pai Sho sets have more tiles and cost more than the other smaller sets of tiles.
I offer different levels of quality for tiles. Here are the details:
White Lotus Master: The White Lotus Master tiles are made of hardwood with the tile designs engraved in high-quality detail. You can choose from a variety of solid hardwoods to create your own custom set of tiles. I aim to make these the best Pai Sho tiles of their kind available at a great price.
- Skud Pai Sho tiles: $65 (small) or $85 (large)
- Vagabond Pai Sho or Capture Pai Sho tiles: $32 (small) or $45 (large)
Grand Lotus: Occasionally I offer Grand Lotus tiles. The Grand Lotus tiles are Uncle Iroh’s personal Pai Sho tiles. Well… they’re as close as anyone will get. These are engraved in extremely high-quality detail and they are also available in exotic hardwoods like purpleheart and zebrawood. These tiles are a special item for those who are able to support the work I’ve done to create Skud Pai Sho and The Garden Gate. The pricing on Grand Lotus tiles is about twice as much as the White Lotus Master tiles.
The Garden Gate Pai Sho Board – $90
I make modular small-size Pai Sho. Unlike the other boards that are available, these are made from different wood materials so that the colors of the board are differently colored all-natural woods. Take a look! The pieces of the board can be assembled and taken apart like puzzle pieces, making it easy to travel with.
Other Pai Sho Sets
Aside from the free print-and-play set, the most affordable Skud Pai Sho set is available at The Game Crafter for $30 plus shipping (currently unavailable). Many thanks to Pai Sho tile artist Hector Lowe for making this available! See the review for more pictures of it.
There is also another Pai Sho set available from The Game Crafter, but I am not sure who has made this available, so I will call it the Stranger Pai Sho Set. It looks like a good option if you are interested in a full Wiki Pai Sho set or the older tile designs. The board in this set great quality and I designed my small-size tiles to be sure they fit these boards from The Game Crafter.
See Professor’s Pai Sho below for even more affordable 3D printed Pai Sho sets.
Wooden Mole Engraving – Highly Recommended
The Wooden Mole Engraving shop is run by a prominent member of The Garden Gate Community and is making Pai Sho sets that match the quality of The Garden Gate Shop – check it out!
Professor’s Pai Sho
He’s the Pai Sho Professor and he’s here to make affordable 3D-printed Pai Sho sets! Check out his shop and see the info in his shop Discord server (linked to from his shop) to learn how to pre-order now!
MimicsMakings Pai Sho Board (Small or Large)
The MimicsMakings Etsy shop offers a classic looking Pai Sho board that I highly recommend. Mimic is awesome and friendly to work with, and is part of The Garden Gate community. So if you have any questions, ask away on The Garden Gate Discord!
WesterfieldGames Pai Sho Sets (size unspecified, extra-small?)
The WesterfieldGames Etsy shop sells wooden Skud Pai Sho sets at a good price with the board and accessories having very nice ATLA-inspired designs. Recommendation: The currently listed set using the modern tile designs is in my opinion poor quality design in that the tiles don’t have a professional consistent look to them. Ask the seller to work with the artist of the modern tile designs to produce them in the styles I do, or ask the seller to produce the freely available The Garden Gate Project designs.
FaerlyThematic Pai Sho sets (Medium, I think?)
The FaerlyThematic Etsy shop sells Pai Sho sets that are sized between small and large (I think), which really is a good size. They have a board with gold colored inlay, so you need to consider it!
StoreWoodArt Pai Sho sets (Medium)
The StoreWoodArt Etsy shop sells Pai Sho sets that are unique and quite stunning. The inlay marquetry boards he makes are the best Pai Sho boards available. Recommendation: Get only the board, and get tiles from The Garden Gate Shop.
JasmineQuasar Board (Large) – Unavailable
Bright Bear Laser Studio Board (Large)
The Bright Bear Laser Studio Pai Sho board is a classic-looking board. This board is roughly 1/4″ thick, made so you can mount it on a 24″ pine round yourself if you would like a thicker board. For the extra cost that would be, you could have gone with a nicer board.
IrohPaiSho Board (Small)
The IrohPaiSho shop on Etsy sells a classic-looking standard small-size 18″ Pai Sho board that looks nice and sturdy. If that classic look and solid feel is what you’re looking for, check it out!
NGrainedCustoms Board (Small) – UNAVAILABLE
The NGrainedCustoms Pai Sho board is a beautiful small-size Pai Sho board that looks nice and sturdy. I would recommend looking at the JasmineQuasar board instead, which is a large board for a lower price) unless you really want a small board.
Pai Sho Tiles
Nerdz with Lazerz Tiles (Skud + Vagabond)
The Nerdz with Lazerz Etsy shop sells hardwood Skud Pai Sho tiles and Vagabond Pai Sho tiles in small and large sizes. A fantastic price, and especially so for large-size tiles! Check out the shop’s other listings, too, for unrelated other nice looking items.
TGG Recommendation: For Skud Pai Sho tiles, I recommend tiles in the listing I linked to above for the highest quality tile designs.
EmoryDunn Tiles (Small) – Unavailable
The Pai Sho tiles available from EmoryDunn on Etsy are nice small-sized tiles and are available in a variety of different kinds of wood. If you are looking for a full Wiki Pai Sho set or the older tile designs as opposed to the modern tile designs available at The Garden Gate shop, you may want to consider these tiles.
TGG Recommendation: Ask the seller to make the freely available Garden Gate Pai Sho Project tile designs, available from the Design Downloads page. The Garden Gate designs score higher on what you should look for in tile designs than the designs shown in this shop’s listings.
Bright Bear Laser Studio Tiles (Large)
Bright Bear Laser Studio sells sets of large Pai Sho tiles. They offer a Skud Pai Sho set or a full Wiki Pai Sho set. Either way, it is a full two-player set of tiles, with one set having the tile design engraved inverted to distinguish between the tiles. Consider spending a little more to get some of the best Pai Sho tiles available – the large White Lotus Master tiles from The Garden Gate shop.
TGG Recommendation: Also consider NerdzwithLazerz tiles. Ask the seller to make the freely available Garden Gate Pai Sho Project tile designs, available from the Design Downloads page. The Garden Gate designs score higher on what you should look for in tile designs than the designs shown in this shop’s listings.
Tiles for other Pai Sho games
To play Street Pai Sho, you can use a 2-player Skud Pai Sho set with each player’s tiles in a different kind of wood. Just flip the tiles over!
Solitaire Pai Sho is played with a 1-player or 2-player Skud Pai Sho set.
Iroh’s Element Cards
Iroh’s Element Cards print-and-play: Download
Shops that sell Iroh’s Element Cards:
- The Garden Gate Shop (join The Garden Gate Discord for shop)
- Professor Petruescu’s Pai Sho
The Garden Gate Pai Sho Stickers and Merch
See the SkudPaiSho RedBubble page for The Garden Gate stickers and other merch.