Yahoo! Mahjong is a popular place to play where you'll always find enough players. The graphics are primative and some of the scoring is watered down (i.e. no kong on kong). Who can complain? It's free!
Many players will impose restrictions on the gameplay, as a sort of ‘house rules’, to make the game more challenging. You'll recognize this lingo as players will type abbreviations like ‘3f’ short for 3 fan requirement when sitting down at the table. Players may also get nasty if you take too long.
Upon creating a new table you have the option to play with flowers and seasons and the ability to set the limit amount (from 1 to 65,536).
New features such as 16-tile mahjong and sacred discard are currently being developed. These options are listed but not selectable.
|Melded pung of simples||2|
|Concealed pung of simples||4|
|Melded pung of terminals||4|
|Concealed pung of terminals||8|
|Melded pung of honors||4|
|Concealed pung of honors||8|
|Melded kong of simples||16|
|Concealed kong of simples||32|
|Melded kong of terminals||16|
|Concealed kong of terminals||32|
|Melded kong of honors||16|
|Concealed kong of honors||32|
|Pair of prevailing wind||2|
|Pair of seat wind||2|
|Pair of dragons||2|
|Single chance tile||2|
|Flower or season||4|
|Pung of dragons||x2|
|Pung of prevailing wind||x2|
|Pung of seat wind||x2|
|Out on last tile||x2|
|Out on a replacement tile||x2|
|No point hand||x2|
|All terminals and honors||x2|
|Flower or season of own wind||x2|
Scoring follows Chinese Classical closely with the exception of a few scoring elements such special hands and kong on kong.
Veteran players play fast so beware. Disruption to the rhythm of the game may lead to getting you booted (ejected) from the table. If you are the host of the table, on the other hand, it may lead to players voluntarily standing up (leaving) and finding a different table to play at.
It is common for players impose restrictions and specify a number of fan required to call mahjong. This is played as a sort of "house rules" due to the fact that a fan requirement feature is not built into the game.
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