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Stage 3 - Introducing Flowers, Seasons, Kongs and the Kong Box

We now start with the full complement of 144 tiles.  At this point we can learn how to build the walls correctly and how to determine where a break should be made before the dealing begins.


The Flower and Season tiles are known as bonus tiles and give the game its largest element of luck. They can make a significant difference to the score.  A kong is a set of 4 identical tiles and scores four times the pung equivalent.  


The acquisition of a kong or a bonus tile depletes the number of tiles available to form further sets. This is rectified by taking a tile from the kong box created at the end of the live wall.

The aim of the game

The winner is the player with the most points after one or more sessions.

Preparing to play

Add  the 4 Season tiles and the 4 Flower tiles.

See how to shuffle tiles and build walls
See how to break into one wall and create the kong box
See how to select out any Flower or Season tiles

Playing the game

Kongs and bonus tiles introduce some complications to the play, but bring us much closer to the full form of the game.  For an explanation of these rules click on the appropriate buttons.

See how to collect sets
See how to obtain a new tile and claim a discarded tile
See explanation of Flower and Season tiles, concealed sets, etc
See how to finish the game


Calculating the basic score now needs to take account of kongs and bonus tiles.  They are scored as follows:


                          Exposed        Concealed


Minor tiles        8  points          16  points


Major tiles      16  points         32  points

Exposed minor kong   8

Exposed minor kong

Exposed major kong   16

Exposed major kong

Concealed minor kong   16

Concealed minor kong

Concealed major kong   32

Concealed major kong

Flowers and Seasons

4  points for each flower or season.

Flower and season

There are also some additional doubles.

© 2008   Peter Gregory
© 2008   Peter Gregory
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Learning the Game by Stages


Stage 1

       Some Basic Rules


Stage 2

       The Winds

        Some Scoring


Stage 3




      The Kong Box


Stage 4

       Additional Doubles


Stage 5

       Special Hands


Stage 6

       Using Tallies


Stage 7

       Playing the Goulash

Shuffle the tiles and build the walls.

Break into one wall and create the kong box.

Select out any Flower or Season tiles.

Deal out the tiles.

Finishing the game.

Flower and Season tiles.   Concealed sets.  

Converting a pung to a kong.   One for Mah-Jong.  Robbing the kong

Obtaining a new tile.   Claiming the discarded tile.

Collecting sets.

Having your own Flower     

(1 = East Wind,   2 = South Wind,  3 = West Wind,  4 = North Wind)

Having your own Season  

(1 = East Wind,   2 = South Wind,  3 = West Wind,  4 = North Wind)

Holding a complete set of Flowers   

(double twice - includes own Flower double)

Holding a complete set of Seasons   

(double twice - includes own Season double)

Original call – when a player is fishing after his first discard  (and does not alter his hand)

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Learning the Game by Stages