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Dice

Two dice are used at the start of the game to determine where the wall is to be broken prior to dealing out the tiles. The 1 and 4 on the dice are red - an auspicious colour - and the other numbers black.

Tallies

There are 4 types of tally in a set and they are traditionally made from bone or ivory. The number of dots on a tally is not necessarily indicative of its value. At the beginning of the game each player is given tallies with a total value of 2,000 points.   There are several varieties of tally sticks.

Equipment

 

The Tiles

       Characters

        Circles

       Bamboos

       Dragons

       Winds

       Flowers and Seasons

       Plain Tiles

       Jokers

 

Accessories

       Dice

       Tallies

       Wind Discs and the Tong Box

       Racks

Value

No. of Sticks per Player

Total Points

2 points

10

20

10 points

8

80

100 points

9

900

500 points

2

1,000

Two dice
Four tallies
Other Tiles
Other Tiles
© 2008   Peter Gregory
© 2008   Peter Gregory

Here is one typical set:

They are then placed in a “tong box”  (or “chuang-tzu” ) to show the prevailing wind (initially East).  

When they are not present then the normal wind tiles are used instead.

 

Sometimes the game includes a wind disk indicator.

Racks

Four racks are used to hold each player’s tiles. Sometimes one of the racks is darker coloured and is used by East Wind.

This rack is passed around the players as East Wind changes.

Wind disc indicator

Tong box or chuang-tzu

Racks

The larger, decorated rack has a lift up lid which reveals compartments where tallies can be stored

Wind Discs and the Tong Box

Some sets include four small counters which denote the four winds.

These are used to determine who is to be what wind at the start of the game.

Tong Box
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