Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Folding Shogi Board

Well, as I've mentioned in the past, I purchased a folding shogi board through eBay and there were delays with the delivery. I did actually receive it and I must say that I'm rather disappointed. Considering the price ($45 + $7.50 shipping and handling) and my experience with similarly priced go and chess sets, this set was not a great purchase. It's very small with poor quality wood and incredibly cheap plastic hinges. The plastic pieces are actually ok, but there are a few with excess paint or scratching.

At any rate, here are a few photos. The first is in comparison to a floor goban to get a feel for the size and poor wood quality.

Here is a close-up of the pieces and the board grain.

And finally, a shot of the plastic hinge. I doubt this will last very long.

All in all, a disappointment. But at least I have something to work with while following along with the Fairbairn book. My search for a good shogi set continues. :)


Tom said...

I found a decent travel set from the artisan cooperatives in Tendo. What made it affordable, I think in part, is having a friend in Japan buy and ship it. I can't translate Japanese so I was stumped as to how to order it direct.

If you're in Chicago and want to play sometime, I'm on the Northside (near Ravenswood), and would be up to meet.


frankiii said...

I'll have to figure out where Ravenswood is first. ;)

I'd love to play a game over the board at some point.

Tom said...

On the Brown Line, around the Montrose stop :)

I noticed in a few of your posts you mention Chicago, so I thought I should drop a line.

I just learned Shogi recently, after learning a number other variations of chess...Xiangqi, Chantranj, Makruk, etc. Your blog is a helpful resource in the learning process.

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Very long game