Welcome to Paikō

Built to draw out the best of your intuition and tactical skill, Paiko pits you in a one-on-one duel to out-build, out-position and out-maneuver your opponent with its new style of turn-based strategy. Paiko is less daunting than chess but has more grit than checkers, and in play feels a bit like Japanese chess meets Chinese checkers. As you play, you'll find Paiko creates an engaging tactical drama with enough clarity to let you create your own play style, and enough depth to foster a long term interest.

Plus, Paiko is easy to learn, free to play and in need of your input, so take a look and try it out at home. Check these links for printable instructions, and printable cutouts for the board and tiles.

Learn to Play
Download the rulebook
Play the Game
Download the board and tiles to print and play at home
Admire the pretty pictures
The Team
Check out the people who made and polished Paiko

Give us a hand with the Paikō 3Player and 4-7Player Betas

Download the 3 player version of Paiko v10: Designed to be full of intrigue as befits 3 player games, while keeping a lot of strategies from its 2 player cousin. Updated on April 7th- Thanks, playtesters!
Download the 4-7 player version of Paiko v11: For a 7 player abstract strategy game, this is designed to keep the pace. Updated on May 16th- Thanks, playtesters!

Updates and Upcoming Events

Back from PAX!

PAX was amazing. We played for over 4 hours every day, and players loved the game! I've never had so many people proactively ask to fill out a comment form, and we've gotten some really good suggestions on how to clarify a few rules.

If you've had some time to play a few more games, please hop on the forums and let us know your favorite strategies. We saw some keen ways to start and some really good moves to counter them. We want to hear how your game evolves. Check out the forums.

For those of you with paper boards looking to make it a bit sturdier, I've added some information to our forums on processes to make it easier. Read about board making, and feel free to chime in.

Past Events

PAX Prime 2012

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We will be bringing Paiko on the PAX train again, and hope to spend some time testing it in Tabletop Freeplay. If we can get a demo table, we will. Also, We hope to donate a copy to the Tabletop Library, so if we're not there, you can still give it a whirl.

UC Davis Paiko Open Tournament: Sat Jan21st

At The Paiko Open Tournament you can show off your strategy game finesse, debut your Paiko special tactics, or just have fun and enjoy an afternoon of games and good company. There's no entry fee, but bring money for lunch! Also, the tournament will be nicely low-key, so don't worry about sign-ups and feel free to leave early or even just spectate.

Have a friend who's into strategy? Introducing them to Paiko could earn you some coin if they place in the Paiko Open Tournament. So work with your friends to build up the most brokenly powerful strategies you can, and bring them to the test! ... And yes, it's ok if you and your friend mutually interested each other in Paiko :)

The Paiko Open Tournament will be held Saturday Jan 21st - 11:00-3:00 in the MU dining area.

UC Davis Paiko Eat and Greet: Thu Jan12th

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Like Strategy? Need to eat?

Have a free slice of pizza at the UC Davis Memorial Union dining area, while you learn our new strategy game, Paiko! It only takes about 10 minutes, and we'll be there from 5:00 to 7:00 on Thursday Jan 12th. Paiko is less daunting than chess but has more grit than checkers, and feels a bit like Japanese chess meets Chinese checkers in play.

Once you learn, you can try your skill and playtest Paiko for swag or a free game set.

* Pizza and swag while supplies last.

Paiko Primer: Wed Jan18th

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Can't make it to the Eat and Greet? You can join us in the MU on Wednesday Jan 18th from 5:00 to 7:00, or grab a playtester's kit and instructions on this site . It's worth the look!

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns, please email!

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