Buying Pai Sho

Skud Pai Sho is based on the Wiki Pai Sho tile set and uses a standard Pai Sho board. Here are some of the best resources I’ve found for buying a Pai Sho set for yourself. Because sooner or later, you know that playing online just won’t be good enough!

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Most Affordable

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. Many thanks to Pai Sho tile artist Hector Lowe for making this available! See the review for more pictures of it!

Purchasing a wooden Pai Sho set from the products listed below will cost over $120.

Wooden Pai Sho Sets

Full Pai Sho Sets

TomesfromtheCitadel on Etsy sells a full Pai Sho set of board and tiles. This looks like a good product and it is the best deal for a full wooden set, so it is definitely worth considering. I hope to have a better review of this soon – if you buy this, send me pictures let me know how you like it! Update: no longer available. I recommend building your own board

Lyris Laser Studio sells a full Pai Sho set of board and tiles. NOTE: They have significantly increased the price of their Pai Sho sets, so you may want to consider other options, including building your own board, before buying. See below for my review of the Lyris Laser Pai Sho set.

Lyris Laser Studio Board

The Lyris Laser Studio Pai Sho board is nice, but since they increased the price significantly, I would not recommend it unless money isn’t a concern for you. Their site has good pictures of it to give you an idea of what to expect when you buy it. The board is just shy of 24″ and is 1/4″ thick. The colors are painted onto the board, so the color has a very solid look to it.

I have this board and I like it. I have mounted it on a 24″ pine round, as they suggest you can do if you would like. I wanted the board to feel nice and sturdy, so I did. If you are okay with having a thinner board or have a way to mount the board onto a pine round (which makes the board cost about $20 more), this is an option for you. But definitely consider other options.

JasmineQuasar Board

Update: Board unavailable. Hopefully it comes back soon! You can also get a 24″ Pai Sho board from JasmineQuasar on Etsy. If you want the nicest possible board, consider this board. This board is 24″ and 1″ thick, so it will be nice and sturdy without having to mount it on a pine round yourself. The color is applied to the board with stain instead of paint, so the wood still shows through the color nicely. I really like the look of this board. The Lyris Laser Studio tiles would work well on this board. I recommend it!

EmoryDunn Tiles

The Pai Sho tiles available from EmoryDunn on Etsy are the highest quality tiles available. These tiles are beautiful! They are standard small size (roughly 1″), so they will work great on an 18″ board (standard small) or 24″ board (standard full-size). These tiles are available in a variety of different kinds of wood, which means that each player’s set of tiles can be a totally different color in addition to the option of having the design engraving inverted. Note that when buying these tiles, you buy one player’s set of tiles at a time, and when you buy one, the seller offers a second set at half-price. Read the product description for details.

These are the tiles I recommend! If you would like to buy only enough tiles for Skud Pai Sho (which will cost less) or would like larger tiles, also consider the Lyris Laser Studio tiles.

Lyris Laser Studio Tiles

The Lyris Laser Studio Pai Sho tiles are standard full-size tiles, so they will work on a full-size board. They offer a Skud Pai Sho set, or also a full Wiki Pai Sho set (which is pretty much good for two Skud Pai Sho sets!). Either way, it is a full two-player sets of tiles, with one set having the tile design engraved inverted to distinguish between the tiles. If you would rather have smaller tiles that are suitable for playing on an 18″ board (though still can work well on a 24″ board) then also consider the EmoryDunn tiles.


Tip on Buying Tiles

Remember that a Wiki Pai Sho tile set is a full two-player set of 108 tiles (54 per player). Skud Pai Sho uses roughly half that, with a full two-player set being 56 tiles (28 per player). If you play with the rule of players always using one of each Accent Tile, a Wiki Pai Sho set is good for two full Skud Pai Sho sets – awesome!