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Gamer_Girl



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:09 pm Reply with quote
I wish there was something like this in English, I've always wanted to learn how to play Mahjong.
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vargsvans



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:36 pm Reply with quote
Gamer_Girl wrote:
I wish there was something like this in English, I've always wanted to learn how to play Mahjong.


I made an account to give you this: http://www.gamedesign.jp/​flash/​mahjong/​mahjong_e.​html

It's not the perfect teaching tool, but I learned the basics using it. Mahjong anime becomes more fun if you have the slightest idea of what's going on Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:37 pm Reply with quote
i just wish i know how to play Mahjong
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Seljuk



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:45 pm Reply with quote
Fret no more.

http://www.gamedesign.jp/​flash/​mahjong/​mahjong_e.​html
This one is a browser-based flash game of mahjong, very easy to get into. The bottom of the page also has a quick explanation, as well as the different hands you are aiming for.

http://arcturus.su/​tenhou/​
A lot of this page is how to use the japanese site Tenhou to play mahjong versus other people online. However, there are some VERY good resources at the bottom of the page. Especially check out the "So you want to play Mahjong" Riichi Tutorial. It's in .doc form, and has details for the whole setup of mahjong, as well as pictures to help you out.

Best of luck, these are the best resources I know of. It's a pretty fun game. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:45 pm Reply with quote
http://www.gamedesign.jp/​flash/​mahjong/​mahjong_e.​html

This is a pretty good place to start learning. Don't let the .jp in the URL fool you either, it's entirely in English.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:28 pm Reply with quote
I tried playing Mahjong with that English flash game, but it seemed that every time I was able to get "Ron" or "Tsumo", a box came up that said 'no multiplier'. Does that mean that my hand wasn't worth any points at all?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:33 pm Reply with quote
Megiddo wrote:
I tried playing Mahjong with that English flash game, but it seemed that every time I was able to get "Ron" or "Tsumo", a box came up that said 'no multiplier'. Does that mean that my hand wasn't worth any points at all?


It means you need at least one "yaku" before you can declare a win in riichi mahjong.
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Jih2



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:27 pm Reply with quote
Wow, thank you everyone who posted links to awesome Mahjong related stuff. I started watching Akagi last week and had the sudden urge to learn Mahjong so I guess this is where most of my time will be going in the next few months.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:04 pm Reply with quote
samuelp wrote:
Megiddo wrote:
I tried playing Mahjong with that English flash game, but it seemed that every time I was able to get "Ron" or "Tsumo", a box came up that said 'no multiplier'. Does that mean that my hand wasn't worth any points at all?


It means you need at least one "yaku" before you can declare a win in riichi mahjong.


There's also a list of yaku on Wikipedia, though it can vary based on rulesets:

http://en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Japanese_Mahjong_yak​u
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:06 am Reply with quote
vargsvans wrote:
I made an account to give you this: http://www.gamedesign.jp/​flash/​mahjong/​mahjong_e.​html


Hmm, it neglects to explain Kan (Kong) and then goes on to reference it several times... ah well, for the most part it is a good guide.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:10 am Reply with quote
Megiddo wrote:
I tried playing Mahjong with that English flash game, but it seemed that every time I was able to get "Ron" or "Tsumo", a box came up that said 'no multiplier'. Does that mean that my hand wasn't worth any points at all?


Yeah, you had chicken. Most rule sets require your hand to have at least one redeeming quality. 1 point (simplified), 1 double (Traditional & HK), or 1 yaku (Japanese) minimum, or a special hand (all systems). The new Guobiao tournament rules require the player to have 8 points, which can be achieved pretty easily as well.

Unless I have a killer hand, my preferred way to reach a decent score is to focus on all pung/kong (toitoi in Japanese). Many higher scoring hands can be achieved by starting with this strategy and then changing the hand. It's also easier to win this way because you can draw anyone's discards, whereas with chow (sequence) you can only draw from the person preceding you.

Easy win, 3fan:


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KabaKabaFruit



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:35 am Reply with quote
Okay, time for me to go Akagi Shigeru on those girls' asses! Twisted Evil

BTW, here is another online game for Mahjong enthusiasts.

Mahong Time
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:37 am Reply with quote
KabaKabaFruit wrote:
Mahong Time


MJTime is IMHO, the best online community for MJ. But you should know the game before trying to play there.

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KabaKabaFruit



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:44 am Reply with quote
Thanks. I found that out the hard way. Very Happy

P.S. I play on the site every now and then. I still go by the same user name as I do here on ANN. Let's have a game sometime. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:17 am Reply with quote
I'm used to playing with gamedesign.jp, and it's really amazing how much easier this official Saki one is. Kind of encouraging for a newbie like me, too.
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