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Forum Issues / How to illustrate a hand of mahjong tiles in your post!
« on: December 02, 2012, 09:22:26 pm »
Newly added to this forum is the ability to illustrate a hand of mahjong tiles in your post!

:d1::d9::b1::b9::c1::c9::east::south::west::north::white::green::red::red:

to do this, you can either...

A. While composing your post look under the smiley face selections and click [more] to see the mahjong tiles.

or...

B. If you know the tile's code, you can simply type it in directly into your post. The codes are listed here...

Code: [Select]
code - tile
:d1:  dot 1
:d2:  dot 2
:d3:  dot 3
:d4:  dot 4
:d5:  dot 5
:d6:  dot 6
:d7:  dot 7
:d8:  dot 8
:d9:  dot 9
:b1:  bamboo 1
:b2:  bamboo 2
:b3:  bamboo 3
:b4:  bamboo 4
:b5:  bamboo 5
:b6:  bamboo 6
:b7:  bamboo 7
:b8:  bamboo 8
:b9:  bamboo 9
:c1:  character 1
:c2:  character 2
:c3:  character 3
:c4:  character 4
:c5:  character 5
:c6:  character 6
:c7:  character 7
:c8:  character 8
:c9:  character 9
:east:  east wind
:south:  south wind
:west:  west wind
:north:  north wind
:white:  white dragon
:green:  green dragon
:red:  red dragon
:f1:  plum
:f2:  orchid
:f3:  chrysanthumum
:f4:  bamboo
:s1:  spring
:s2:  summer
:s3:  autumn
:s4:  winter
:cat:  cat
:rat:  rat
:cock:  cockerel
:centipede:  centipede


The mahjong tile emoticons were drawn by Jerry Crimson Mann, and are made available for use licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Regarding each individual mahjong tile .png graphic file:

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This licensing tag was added to this file as part of the GFDL licensing update.

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New Variations / Naming of variations.
« on: November 24, 2012, 10:09:12 am »
A couple of pointers on naming variants. Try to avoid the pitfall of over-generalizing who plays that version with a far-encompassing title. To illustrate, Taiwanese Mahjong is appropriately named because if you go to Taiwan and join in a game of Mahjong with the average player, by and large that is the version they will be playing. If a group of players from Rio de Janeiro invent a version to play in their club, it would be over reaching to name that version Brazilian Mahjong, considering most people in Brazil, should they be playing Mahjong, would never have heard of it. This is especially true if the "version" being referenced really just amounts to some point modifications from a parent rule-set, or a few extra hands being added or deleted. Under these circumstances, a more appropriate title for that version would be to call it something like "the Rio de Janeiro Club variant of Hong Kong Mahjong". Of course, I just use the colorful city of Rio as an example. I'm not actually aware of any Mahjong clubs playing any particular version there... and I looked!

:D

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Arcade PCB's (printed circuit boards) were one of my primary sources for gathering information about Mahjong and it's various rule sets, especially early on before I started traveling and meeting more players (not a lot of Mahjong takes place in Texas :( ). PCB's at one time where the brains inside the large heavy coin-operated video arcade cabinets that were popular in the 80's and 90's around the world, but since those cabinets get trashed over time, and they are heavy and expensive to ship, most collectors just pass around the PCB's, which are small, and relatively easy to ship. I would plug a PCB into a custom built arcade cabinet and computer that I made, and use the PCB's to decipher the various rules for Mahjong. The PCB's are, however, relatively expensive, and so after documenting all I could about a particular board, I sold it to generate funds to buy the next one.

At the moment I have four PCB's left in my collection, one of which I know to be a version of Psikyo's 1997 Taisen Hot Gimmick, which plays Japanese Riichi Mahjong. The other three I can't identify because my arcade cabinet was damaged in a recent move, and so the other boards have yet to be plugged in and examined.

I plan to not only rebuild that cabinet, but also build a custom cocktail arcade cabinet so that visitors can sit down and play video Mahjong old-school style like it was played in the video arcade heyday of the 80's and 90's.

If you're motivated enough to get into old-school video arcade mahjong gaming, I know that many of the original mahjong games are preserved by the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator project, and they have a tremendous amount of history stored in their data that is worth mining for details. Outside of that, you'll have to be handy not only with a computer, but with a saw too, to build your own arcade cabinet, since actual Mahjong video arcade cabinets are a pretty rare find in the US.

If anyone else out there has restored or has built their own Mahjong arcade cabinet, I'd love to hear about it.

304
Tile Sets and Equipment / Where to buy transparent sets
« on: November 22, 2012, 03:49:14 pm »
Currently there is no Western site that carries individual Washizu (transparent) tiles for sale. Mahjongmart.com lists a mini sized set as "out of stock" so there's hope they'll get some more, if you are looking for a mini sized set.

I was lucky enough to by a set from aceofheartz.com before they went out of business... which is too bad because the sets were top quality and good sized (33mmx24mm). It's the set pictured below.

I also bought a travel sized transparent set from mahjongmart.com when they still had them in stock, but I think they are out now.

Since then, I've had people ask me to help them find a set, and the best I can do is http://www.jwebshop.com/products/2009/06/04/J00065027.shtml, which appear to be the same set sold by aceofheartz, but unfortunately its 100% transparent, requiring that you also purchase a normal opaque set of the same size from them... and they require a minimum order of 100 sets. If people want to start replying that they are interested, and if we get enough potential buyers, we could pool our resources and order 100.

You can also sometimes find one searching for 麻雀透明 (transparent mahjong in japanese).

Good luck.

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Matsu Island, Taiwan, will host a Taiwanese 16-tile tournament in January offering a top prize of $51,000 for first place! The registration fee is about $35. To sign up, you are required to book through a travel agency licensed to operate tours on Matsu. If anyone knows any more about it, please add your comment.

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I once came within 2 tiles of winning with 13 wonders in the first five go-arounds during a Riichi tourny... thought for sure I'd have it.... and someone else won with a junk hand cutting me short.  :-\

I've yet to win with any yakuman hands... even in casual games.

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Forum Issues / Welcome to the Mahjong Forum!
« on: November 22, 2012, 01:43:27 pm »
This forum was installed in November 2012, and is due for its public Grand Opening release on New Year's Day January 1st 2013!

 ;D

Welcome! Look around, get to know Mahjong, and make some friends.

P.S. Now you can illustrate mahjong tiles in your posts.

:d5::b5::c5:

click here to learn how!

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