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Posted 4/5/09 , edited 4/5/09
Mahjong has a large number of variants around the world. There's classic Chinese mahjong, there's American mahjong, and there's the style of mahjong played in Saki called "Riichi Mahjong" which is the most common style played in Japan.

For terminology I will be following the official rules of riichi mahjong by the European mahjong association:
http://mahjong-europe.org/filer/riichirules.pdf

The setup:

The flow of the game:

The start of a hand:

The object of the game:

Scoring:


And that's it! There are a few other rules, like furiten or chombo, but you can read about them in the rules sheet I linked to above.

Hopefully this can help you understand a bit better what's going on in Saki, and where all those random numbers come from.
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Uhh, furiten is vital, without explaining that to people of other variants, they'll think Riichi is full of '"random hands" and "special circumstances"

Comparing it to Hong Kong style, it's slightly more complicated, and a lot less boring.

(hurr, toi-toi or color hands (honitsu/chinitsu) only = 90 % of HK style)

Furiten is: the inability to claim any of your discards to win, and more importantly, voids winning by discard (ron) if ANY of your waits are affected. The rule also applies for neglecting discards in riichi (permanent) or not (temporary).
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>mahjong-europe
none of that

Clearly Saki is using the Tom Sloper Mah-jongg Ruleset featured here:
http://www.sloperama.com/mjfaq.html
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Wasizu wrote:

>mahjong-europe
none of that

Clearly Saki is using the Tom Sloper Mah-jongg Ruleset featured here:
http://www.sloperama.com/mjfaq.html


What's the difference? Looks like the rules are the same to me. Just some of the terminology is translated differently.
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Quarkboy wrote:


Wasizu wrote:

>mahjong-europe
none of that

Clearly Saki is using the Tom Sloper Mah-jongg Ruleset featured here:
http://www.sloperama.com/mjfaq.html


What's the difference? Looks like the rules are the same to me. Just some of the terminology is translated differently.


True, I guess MINIPOINTS and PUNG are universal.
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........................................ it would help more if i were to play first hand or have an instruction video or some picture of the game play.

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lirg123 wrote:

........................................ it would help more if i were to play first hand or have an instruction video or some picture of the game play.


Unfortunately there really aren't any good english language resources that cover Japanese mahjong, like a video tutorial or something like that. At least I don't know of any.
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lirg123 wrote:

........................................ it would help more if i were to play first hand or have an instruction video or some picture of the game play.


Unfortunately there really aren't any good english language resources that cover Japanese mahjong, like a video tutorial or something like that. At least I don't know of any.


Yeah, that's totally suck, but here it is anyways.
(click below here)
http://www.gamedesign.jp/flash/mahjong/mahjong_e.html
(Click above here)

And i'm still confuse.
Note: you could play a game at the top if you either refresh or wait for it.
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Posted 4/5/09

lirg123 wrote:


Quarkboy wrote:


lirg123 wrote:

........................................ it would help more if i were to play first hand or have an instruction video or some picture of the game play.


Unfortunately there really aren't any good english language resources that cover Japanese mahjong, like a video tutorial or something like that. At least I don't know of any.


Yeah, that's totally suck, but here it is anyways. (click below here)
http://www.gamedesign.jp/flash/mahjong/mahjong_e.html
(Click above here)


Yeah, that's like the only decent english language one I know of, but it's more like a reference sheet than something that'll actually teach you how to play.
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Quarkboy wrote:


lirg123 wrote:

Yeah, that's totally suck, but here it is anyways. (click below here)
http://www.gamedesign.jp/flash/mahjong/mahjong_e.html
(Click above here)


Yeah, that's like the only decent english language one I know of, but it's more like a reference sheet than something that'll actually teach you how to play.


Yeah, i short of figure that out. although it's better than nothing. It would be better if they would simply make an anime about poker *LOL*
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Fourwinds mahjong

http://www.4windsmj.com/kb/kb.htm

also just download it and google a free serial its really a good way to learn mahjong since it is a browser independent program

visual aids also included

also a poor/cheap hand often will simply hinder most players from learning due to the rule called minimum points requirements thats why most of the time a hand full of chow won't be able to go ron

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This game is so difficult to play, although at least i starting to understand how to play.
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Posted 4/6/09 , edited 4/6/09
though this isn't specifically for the Japanese Riichi style
On there is a link to a flash thing that goes through it
http://www.mahjongtime.com
If you register and go here you can also play online with all the styles (i stick to HK and Riichi the US one is kinda stupid)
http://www.mahjongtime.com/Mahjong-Play.aspx
Enjoy ^^

They should set up a game on here to be honest
Posted 4/6/09
are there any good sources to play this? not counting mahjongtime because people there are soooo slow and riichi mahjong isnt even played correctly there, plus you have to pay >.>
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kirby3 wrote:

are there any good sources to play this? not counting mahjongtime because people there are soooo slow and riichi mahjong isnt even played correctly there, plus you have to pay >.>


yeah, but you should really take your time one reading the blog, or whatever. I post a site where you could play NPC and learn a little and it's all free.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLAY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.gamedesign.jp/flash/mahjong/mahjong_e.html
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLAY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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