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Wednesday, December 26th, 2007
8:02 pm - American or Chinese?

Hi! I'm sure this has been asked before, but I just got the book "Red Dragon and West Wind," which teaches both American and Official Chinese Mah Jongg. Which one is better? Which one is funner? Which one has more players? What would you reccommend? Thanks!

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Monday, September 17th, 2007
7:11 pm - Mahjongg in Yokohama

Greetings, all. I have just discovered this community, so I apologize for asking a question which may have been asked before... I'm from NY originally, and have recently moved to Yokohama. I've been playing Reach (Riichi/リーチ) style Japanese mahjongg with my friends in NY, and am hoping to play it here too.

With such a small community, I imagine the chances that anyone here is intimately familiar with the Yokohama (or even Tokyo) mahjongg scene are kind of slim, but I shall nevertheless ask my questions, b/c you never know. ^_^

(1) Where can I go to get a good solid mahjongg set relatively cheaply? I've been thinking of checking out flea markets, as they might hopefully have other cool stuff anyway; I live quite close to Yokohama Chinatown, but then again, seeing as how it's a popular Japanese game, I don't know whether or not Chinatown would actually be any more likely than anywhere else to get such a thing. Thoughts, suggestions?

(2) Playing in the privacy of one's home is cool, but little different whether in NY or in Yokohama. Visiting a proper mahjongg parlor is an entirely different thing. Does anyone have any ideas how to find mahjongg parlors that would be welcoming, not sketchy, and not run by or filled with yakuza or other disreputable (and unwelcoming) sorts?

Thanks much.
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Sunday, September 16th, 2007
6:28 am - I wonder if someone could help me locate a particular MahJongg game...

Hello, All,

I wonder if someone could help me locate a particular MahJongg game. (I am cross-posting this to the other LiveJournal MahJongg community.)

I d/l'd a MahJongg game when I was on a file-sharing program a couple of years ago. It was great: it had about 10 tilesets, w/ nice accompanying music-- the tilesets included themes like pirates, cowboys/The West, fish, the beach (w/ a nice seagull & waves soundtrack in the background), African animals, a medieval theme, shells (I think), one of sort of wizardry/fantasy, & probably a couple others I can't remember right now. The problem is that my hard drive on that computer got overheated & fried, & I don't remember the name of this game. I've googled 'mahjongg' + some keywords for some of the different themes, but couldn't find this version of mahjongg. I've tried searching for it on file sharing programs but didn't find it again. It's the best mahjongg game I've ran across & I'd pay for it if I could find it again. Does anyone know what the exact title and/or the manufacturer of this particular mahjongg game is? Please E-mail me directly at: SaturnCat@juno.com Thx!

current mood: curious
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Sunday, June 26th, 2005
3:51 pm - Thirteen pounds of Mah Jongg

Yay, happy Pirate. I got turned on to Mah Jongg when I was in the process of not completing my M.P.H.* at the University of Michigan. I dunno, I just got hooked on the game. As a kid, I remember a little table in one of the back bedroom filled with little Filipino women and the clattering of tiles at parties in my Aunt Carmen's apartment, but I didn't learn to play till much later.

I've been wanting to get a new set because, over the years, the MJ set has played a lot of hands all over the country, and is now missing a couple of pieces. We've got substitutes, but it's not the same.

Down in Oakland Chinatown, I came across a set that was MUCH larger and heavier that then set lexica510 and I are used to. I've seen them described as Vietnamese style, and that would make sense as there's a loarge Viet population in our area.

I just LOVE the heft of these new tiles. And the advantage is that they're thicker as well so they stand up without falling down. That way you don't need a tile rack for each player. Which is just as well because the new set ways about THIRTEEN POUNDS! Don't need ANY extra weight.

Here are a couple of size comparisons. First, the Dragons. L->R: Green (Fa), White (Pai), Red (Chung).

And the Winds: East, South, West, North.

You may notice that the larger tiles don't have any letters on them. Neither do the "Suit tiles" (Bamboo, coins, and characters), each which has tiles numbered one to nine. We played with a tile recognition cheat sheet (still do from time to time) so we for the most part can recognize the tiles without it.

We used to play on a set that had the Roman lettering, but a friend who wanted to learn had gotten a hold of a set without them. So we printed up the cheat sheets so we could use his set and just got used to it.

Now we scoff mildly at sets that have the Roman lettering on them. Feels kinda like training wheels to us. ;)

X-posted to my LJ

*M.P.H. = Master of Public Health
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Sunday, December 19th, 2004
8:44 am - I'm just getting started

Hello, everyone. I'm Chel. :)

Well, I've just recently started to have a real interest in mah jongg (real and computer, though I haven't played the computer version in a while); I've always been kind of interested in it, though.

Anyway, I'm very excited because I just found a friend who knows how to play a bunch of different Chinese versions of the game, and he's going to teach me!

I'm glad I found this community, too... I think it's the only one on lj just from mah jongg! It was a little hard to find though, because you only use the variants with two g's as interests... I've read this is the correct way, but just so you know, about 203 users come up with 'mah jong' as an interest... So, if you wanted more members, maybe you should add that as an interest. But, it's obviously up to you... Since this is your community. :)

Well, later!


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Wednesday, December 1st, 2004
7:25 pm - Glad I found this group

Hey, all. Lexica & I have been avid Mah Jongg players for years. I taught her after we got together and we've been spreading the bug throughout our circle of friends.

Thursday night has been Mah Jongg night for years now. We also used to play on Sunday afternoon with different friends. We play using the rules in Mah Jong, Anyone? by Strauser & Evans. Great book, easy to read and understand. I tried to teach myself Mah Jongg from Hoyle one time and was baffled. Had to learn it live to grok what was going on.

I'm kinda psyched because for a while, Thursday night has been the same four people week after week. It's been wonderful, but now we've had a burst of interest from a bunch of others in our circle who want to learn. Barry, once hearing of our regular MJ night, said he wanted to learn so as to give him something new to discuss with his old, Jewish mother and her friends. :) We may be setting up a second table soon. For now, we just rotate someone in every hand or so. We don't really keep score these days, but that's largely from lack of appropriate tokens. Poker chips feel so wrong for Mah Jongg.

I do manage to keep from snarling every time I mention Mah Jongg and they come back with "Oh yeah, that coimputer matching game..." *sigh* I've gotten pretty good at my "tiles look like dominos, play like cards, game sorta like Gun Rummy" spiel.

We used to play using a set that had the numbers and ESWN in the upper corners. But our buddy B'wana bought himself a set in Chinatown that has no numbers on it. We spent several weeks playing with cheat sheets, but the upside is now we can all play with either an American or Asian set. Makes me feel bad-ass, in a Mah Jonggy kind of way. ;)
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Monday, September 20th, 2004
11:07 am

If you love mah jongg you'll love this movie, it's comedy that revolves around the game, you can find it on DVD if you live near a chinatown

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Saturday, May 22nd, 2004
7:59 pm

Hi, I'm new to this communitee but my Dad taught me to play mahjongg a couple of years ago!!

current mood: amused
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Sunday, April 4th, 2004
10:02 pm - Classic Mah Jongg

Does anyone here play traditional Mah Jongg as opposed to Shanghai? By traditional, I mean the rummy-style game with tiles for four players, usually but not always involving a bet of some kind. By Shanghai, I mean the popular solitaire video game involving tile-matching.

- MD

current mood: curious
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Tuesday, September 24th, 2002
12:44 pm - Meh.

Can anyone explain to me how Rivers works? The help file is useless. :P
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Monday, September 9th, 2002
11:25 pm

New Kyodai record: 6:47 minutes - Traditional layout, Monopoly (US) tiles.
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Saturday, September 7th, 2002
12:20 am - [welcome!]

Hello, and welcome to the Mah Jongg community! I have been playing various video game versions of Mah Jongg for several years now. I recently started playing Kyodai Mah-jongg, and I am hooked all over again! Gameplay is great, but what I love most about Kyodai is, you can easily create and use your own tilesets. I have a TON of tilesets that I plan to make; Schoolhouse Rock, Alice in Wonderland, Edward Gorey, among others. If there is enough interest in the making of tilesets, I will put up a small website where mah_jongg members can upload and distribute their original tilesets. And that's it, I'm off to play! :)
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Friday, September 6th, 2002
11:24 pm - Woo!

Gimme tilesets. :P

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