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Flower and Season Tiles

If you pick up a flower or season tile from the wall you should reveal it immediately and pick another tile from the kong box.

Converting a Pung to a Kong

An exposed (i.e. declared) pung can be converted into an exposed kong, but only by using a tile taken from the wall. The player must then take another tile from the kong box.

Robbing the Kong

Where a player takes a tile from the wall and makes a kong from an exposed pung, another player can  Rob the kong  in order to go Mah-Jong. The only sets he can thereby make, however, is a chow or a Special Hand.  

In the case of the chow, it can be claimed even when the player is not immediately to the right of the discarder.  Robbing the Kong for a chow gives the player a double, but having a chow in the hand also causes him to forfeit one. So the double is immediately lost.

Note that an already exposed kong cannot be robbed.

One for Mah-Jong

When a player only requires one more tile to finish he must declare  One for Mah-Jong.

This alerts the other players to be more careful with their discards. The player in question is said to be  calling  or  fishing.

If you make a concealed kong by picking up the fourth tile from the wall then you should lay the 4 tiles in front of you and pick up a new tile from the kong box.

A concealed kong

An exposed pung converted to an exposed kong

The Game


The Aim of the Game

       General Strategy


Preparing to Play

       Distribute the Tallies

       Determine who is N, S, E, and W Wind

       Determine the Prevailing Wind

       Shuffle the Tiles

       Build the Walls

       Break into one Wall

       The Kong Box

       Deal out the Tiles

       Select out any Flower or Season Tiles


Playing the Game

       Starting the Game

       Collecting Sets

       Special Hands

       Obtaining a New Tile

       Claiming the Discarded Tile

       Flower and Season Tiles

       Concealed Sets

       Converting a Pung to a Kong

       One for Mah-Jong

       Robbing the Kong

       Finishing the Game


Variations of Play

       The Goulash

       The Game for 2 Players

       The Game for 3 Players

       The Game for 5 Players

       Suggested Rule

Flower and season tiles
Concealed kong
Exposed pung
Exposed kong
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© 2008   Peter Gregory
© 2008   Peter Gregory

Concealed Sets

Concealed sets are those that have not been obtained by claiming a chow, pung or kong.

A concealed chow is not worth anything, but concealed pungs and kongs are worth twice their exposed counterparts.

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