Saturday, February 19, 2011
SATurday Show and Tell
This is my mah jongg set. It was originally a Chinese game, but the American version has become very popular, especially in recent years. Along with crafting, this is my other form of “therapy.” I play mah jongg once a week and right now am also teaching the game twice a week One of the best things about mah jongg is that unlike bridge, you do not have a partner, so you are no responsible for anyone else. If you mess up a hand, you are not ruining anyone else’s hand, and no one really has to know!
There are 152 tiles, consisting of 3 suits—craks, dots, and bamboos, or bams. Each suit has a matching dragon—craks have red dragons, dots have white dragons (or soaps), and bams have green dragons. There are 8 jokers and 8 flowers. The last element --the four winds—north, south, east, and west.
The object of the game is to be the first of four players (or three) to assemble a combination of 14 tiles into a specific hand. The hands are on a card that each player has in front of them. A new card is published every year by the National Mah Jongg League, so everyone is playing off of the same card for the entire year. We are all looking forward to the 2011 card coming out in April to see what the new hands will be!
If any of you play, we certainly could have some mah jongg chatter in the future!