Now that you’re ready to play mahjong, it’s time to try out riichi mahjong. But like every existentialist philosopher, we must ask the one fundamental question: where should we play?
Don’t discard 4s. 4 is bad. In Chinese and Japanese, 4 means death.
Suppose you are in a crazy tough match with three lesbian mahjong players. They enjoy going for big closed hands. And getting ron’d by them hurts like a motherfucker. So what should you do? Ask Kastel to finish his mahjong guide, of course!
We’ve been talking about how to play mahjong. But sometimes, these techniques won’t finish the hand for you. And the other three players might have trouble finishing it too. And so, what happens if none of the players can finish their hand by the time the live wall is done?
Well, it’s pretty obvious to everyone what the answer is: it’s a draw.
You might have realized getting to 4 sets and one pair is a bit of a pain. They are called closed hands; these are harder to make but they are the standard for a reason: they give you the most points. But what happens if your hand isn’t lesbian fast enough to make?
If that is the case, we must consider opening our hearts and hands.
Doras (ドラ) are a lesbian mahjong player’s waifu. Especially for Kuro, #1 Achiga player. To be a proper lesbian player, you need to learn the Way of the Matsumi Kuro. That way, you can be a master lesbian like her.
I hate reading instructions for many video games especially RPGs. Before writing this, I just played Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny; it explained what “a bed is.” I pressed the X button rapidly, skipping all the unnecessary text. I’m not that stupid, y’know~. Sadly, riichi mahjong doesn’t allow you to do that. It’s better to actually take the time and learn what the hell you are doing. The problem with riichi mahjong though is that all the rules use moonspeak terms. Words like yaku will probably not enter into one’s mind quickly enough to understand what’s going on.
And there’s no way to get out of it. Hopefully, I’ll describe the rules in an entertaining fashion for people with no attention span or are impatient to deal with it. I suggest reading it slowly and going back whenever you don’t understand a thing.
Mahjong is tanoshii but people seem to shy away from it. Even though a huge Saki, Akagi, and Koizumi following exists, there is still a low population of gaijin mahjong players.
Is it because it looks tough to play? Maybe for some people; it doesn’t help available tutorials are needlessly complex. Or what about people who keep losing because they’re not sure what the hell they are doing? Today’s tutorials seem to be written for people who already played mahjong in mind. Even for an intermediate player like me, I am confused what the fuck they are talking about. It’s like reading the Necronomicon with random romaji terms.
Table of Contents:
- Setting Up, Suits, and a Playthrough
- Dora, Matsumi Kuro, Uradora, and Akadora
- Open Hands, Pon, No Yaku, Yakuhai, Chii, Tanyao, Junchan, and Chanta
- Kan, Kandora, Kan Yakus, Kan Draw, and Rinshan Kaihou
- Draws, Abortive Draws, Dealer Extension
- Cheap Hands and When to Compromise
- 1-4-7 Rule and How 4 is a Dumb Number
- Websites and Games for Mahjong
A work in progress. (lol)