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How do you play Japanese Mahjong?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

How do you play Japanese Mahjong?

I won a Japanese Mahjong set from a UFO catcher in, of course, Japan. And now I want to learn Japanese Mahjong to use the set, but I can’t find a decent tutorial anywhere!!

Can anybody help?

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Is there any Casino where you can play Mahjong?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Is there any Casino where you can play Mahjong?

Can you play different versions of Mahjong in any Casino? If so, can you do so in cities like Las Vegas or Atlantic City? What versions of Mahjong are available if any? I looked up on the websites of every big Casino and none of them seems to offer the game.

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Mahjong: Skill, Strategy and Calculation

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Mahjong: Skill, Strategy and Calculation – an article by Benicio Brown

Mahjong or Mahjongg as it’s sometimes known as is a traditional Chinese game that is suitable for all ages and comprises skill, strategy and calculation in order to defeat your opponents. The element of luck can play a major factor in this game which makes it a very addictive game that is often played for money. Mahjong games are so popular across the globe because there are so many different variations so everyone can find a relevant game to suit their style and you can guarantee that you will not get bored.

The overall aim of all of the Mahjongg games is to comprise complete suits or sets with your 13 or 16 tiles depending on the variation you are playing. In total there are around 12 different commonly played variations of the Mahjong game, there are many more that have been created to add different concepts of this game. If you are unsure of these variations you can always check up online or in books giving tips, tricks and the general rules of each game. In the olden days you simply used tiles or cards to play Mahjong but as technology has improved and the use of the computer has become more popular than ever you can even get computerised variants of this game allowing you to play by yourself.

The normal game that everyone lived was designed to allow two to four players to compete against each other to find the ultimate Mahjongg player. As mentioned above this game is now available to play on your computer which means one person can take on the artificial intelligence if no one else is around, this means anyone can get great practice before you take on your friends, family or even enter competitions. It also will allow players to connect to the internet and play against people across the world in the comfort of their own home. This has become very popular in today’s world as it will allow people to enter competitions and compete for money playing the game they love and have practiced to become a skilful player.

The online/computerised version still keeps the important concepts of the original Mahjongg games so you will be able to install it and play if you are acquainted with the rules of the desired variation. One of the best benefits you will get from playing this version is the setup time is dramatically reduced compared to the average 5-10 minutes it takes setting it up. This is because everything will be done by the computer within a split second and you can guarantee that the tiles are fairly distributed and no corruption can occur between the players. You still need the same skills to become good at this game online, tactics, observation and a lot of memory is involved if you want to have a good chance of winning. Another benefit is the time it takes to complete a game, the original game could last up to three hours roughly depending on the skill, characteristics and amount of opponents you are playing with. The speed of the computerised version of Mahjong games is drastically increased as the computer can think more than a hundred times quicker than any human player so it can decide its move within seconds so you can play a lot more games in the same amount of time which will help you learn from your mistakes and improve your overall skill at this game.

The same problem can arise when playing online because people can take a long time to respond depending on their skill level. This can cause frustration because more times than not you will have never met your opponents so you don’t know if this is there first game. Another problem you may face is that because you cannot see your opposition you don’t know how they are likely to think, you don’t know how old they are or their skill level so you have to play your best at all times. Especially if you decide you want to play for money because people can get addicted to online play and end up losing a lot of money if you don’t have the required level of skill to beat your opponents.

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I live in a small apartment, how can I play Mahjong late into the night with out making too much noise?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

I live in a small apartment, how can I play Mahjong late into the night with out making too much noise?

Does anyone know of any special Mahjong (MJ) sets that make less noise when you shuffle them? I know you can buy MJ playing cards but I’d like to stick with solid tiles if possible.

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Mighty-mighty Mahjong

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Mighty-mighty Mahjongby Lance Hemenway

Mahjong is a rediculously popular game. Actually, that is a tad of an understatement. Invented in China, Mahjong is a game that entwines skill, strategy and luck in a unique way. Akin to other games, like dominoes, Mahjong utilizes the use of titles which are combined in attempts to complete the player’s hand. Sound simple? It isn’t. Sound addictive? Oh, it is.

Mahjong was a cool pastime before the Internet was even invented. Come to think of it, Mahjong was a pretty cool game even before the car was invented. In fact, mahjong was so well-liked by the Chinese folks, and later the globe, that it managed to enjoy a lifespan that was longer than perhaps any other game in the history of the world. Chinese myth tells us that Mahjong was created by Confucius himself in, or round, 500 B.C. Now, whether or not this is accurate, is anybody’s guess. But it does lend a certain air of sophistication, to any game, to suggest that Confucius himself while away the hours playing it, in between bouts of delivering Chinese philosophy.

But watch out.. With the creation of the Internet, and much later the online video game, Mahjong has become more popular than even Confucius would have thought possible. The chance to play games, especially classic games, in the comfort of one’s own home has caused a immense resurgence in many older games. Games like Mahjong, thanks to the World Wide Web, are now reaching people, and age groups, that it never could in the past.

A moderately new mahjong game, released by Jenkatgames dot com, entitled Café Mahjongg, combines an exciting, new-age sophistication to the ancient puzzle game. Basically, the core elements of Mahjong are completely intact. It is just that now the game is intertwined with a pleasant coffee shop motif. The tile patterns are prearranged into amusing shapes that complement the coffee theme. As play goes along, the player will advance from level to level, revealing new boards, and new challenges.

Café Mahjongg manages to be successful in an area where very few of the recently re-imagined classic games can. Café Mahjongg allows players to feel the thrill and energy of a video game, while providing the essential elements of the classic game it represents. Mahjong may be popular, but never was really reaching a massive audience like it is now.

And while numerous other games like solitaire, dominos, and various classic card games have all made the leap to the online game market, none have done so as brilliantly as mahjong’s transformation into Café Mahjongg. Because, after all, a classic game is still a classic game. And the utmost achievement a game designer can hope for when re-creating these legendary games, would be the intelligence to not alter, or change any of the key elements that made the game such a classic to begin with. Jenkatgames has done a great job of not turning Confucius’ favorite pastime into “new Coke.”

Mahjong has managed to stick around for several centuries, and it will no doubt be around for several more. To those of you already been bitten by the Mahjong bug, this comes as old, old news. But to those of you unfamiliar with China’s greatest pastime I implore you to take some time today and play a game or two. It sure beats the tar out of whatever is on Television

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Lance Hemenway has been writing about games like Cafe Mahjongg for major web publications since 1997. Click here for more downloadable games and free online games.

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