The Little Book of Mahjong: Learn How to Play, Score, and Win

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 26, 2018 - Games & Activities - 176 pages
Disconnect from a device-oriented world and rediscover the classic Chinese game of mahjong—while improving focus, creativity and stimulating memory—with this comprehensive yet gifty guide that includes all the basics of the game, tips and techniques on how to play, and strategies to win both international mahjong and American mahjong.

The classic game of mahjong was created over 2,000 years ago during the Qing Dynasty in China, but recently, it’s experiencing a renaissance. No longer reserved for older players, mahjong is being rediscovered by millennials and is recognized for its ability to improve brain function, and reduce symptoms of cognitive diseases like dementia.

Learning any new game can be difficult, especially one as complex as mahjong, which includes over dozens of tiles with different meanings. But whether you are a complete novice or a casual player looking to brush up on mahjong skills and techniques, The Little Book of Mahjong can help you get ahead in this classic game, whether you are playing international mahjong or American mahjong.

With a comprehensive breakdown on all of the various tiles involved in the different versions of the game, explanations of what each tile means, detailed information on scoring, tips on how to improve your skills, and strategies for winning, this guide is perfect for mahjong players both new and old. Including a brief history of the game and its significance as well as full-color photos of game pieces and game objectives, you’ll become a mahjong master in no time.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Mahjong Meets the World
Playing by the Table Rules
Bonus Tiles Flowers and Seasons
Claiming the Discard
International MahjongScoring
International Scoring Fans
International MahjongStrategy
Distributing the Tiles
American MahjongThe Charleston
Replacements
Scoring the Hand
Finding Your Category
American MahjongStrategy During the Game
MORE ABOUT MAHJONG
Mahjong Solitaire

How Can You Guarantee Your Point Minimum?
Managing Your Discards
American MahjongTile Guide
Appendix A
Acknowledgments

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About the author (2018)

Seth Brown is a lifelong gamer and writer. He has written gaming strategy articles and reviews for various sites ranging from BestDangGames to About.com. He has co-designed and play-tested various independent games, owns over 300 board games, and spends an inordinate amount of time on BoardGameGeek. In the writing world, Seth's award-winning humor column "The Pun Also Rises" has been running for over fifteen years across various newspapers, and currently appears in the Berkshire Eagle. He is a cowriter of two award-winning musicals, the author of five books, and by the time you read this, he is already working on another book about board games. He lives in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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