Whilst just playing the game itself is enjoyable, doing something a bit different
can make it more interesting. Here are a few suggestions.
Get people to mix
There can be a tendency for people to take the same playing partners each time. We
are creatures of habit ! Here’s a way of mixing them up...
Download this PDF file and print three copies. Cut out the table number cards
and take five of each, up to an appropriate number of tables. If the numbers in
your group vary then select the number of tables you can guarantee filling.
Before people arrive, place one of the cards on each table (thus numbering them).
Put the remaining cards (four of each table number) face down on another table and
As people arrive, get them to take a card and go to the table it describes.
this PDF file
Try a variation in the rules
Try using the variation in the rules described here. It allows the next player
to pick up the last discard.
As a consequence it becomes easier to collect special hands and to get a higher scoring
Download this PDF file
Want to start a Mah-Jong club?
Learning the rules
Start with a simple, pared-down version of the BMJA rules. Click here to download.
When you are happy with this move on to the next stage, and follow my gentle introduction
to the full rules.
It’s a way of familiarizing people with this variation.
To see the downloaded PDF files you need to have Adobe Reader installed.
Click on the icon to obtain a free copy.
Meet up with another group
Look for other Mah-Jong groups in your region and arrange a visit. You will need
to agree on rules, or be tolerant of differences.
Hold a Mahjong-A-Thong
Arrange a day when you can play Mah-Jong all day long. Perhaps someone has a particularly
Start early – say around 10am – and continue until the evening. Use this form
to record your activities.
to get a hand with a very high score - EXCEPT that the rules impose a limit of (normally)1,000 points.
Nevertheless, it can be fun to note your highest scores.
Download this PDF file and use it to record the five highest scores attained. As
scores are toppled, record the new highest ones. When the sheet is full, print
another and transfer the five highest.
Note that the rule for doubling with special hands when you have your own flower
or season is different. Only the value of the flower / season tiles is doubled. For
example, a Wriggling Snake with own season would score 1,008.
Note also that being East Wind doesn’t double your score, only the points that others
Record the highest scores
Whilst this highest score is unlikely in the extreme, it is still possible