Mahjong Tales

If you’re reading this, we are fairly certain you are either a devoted player of the game or are Mahjong-curious. We invite guest writers to drop some knowledge on game strategy, mahjong history, tips and tricks with some funny anecdotes along the way.  Join us and dive in.  

Gregg Swain's take on The Classic Line Mahjong tile set

The Mahjong Line (TML) has done it again! They’ve designed a lovely mahjong tile set that will bring joy to all who play with it. Instead of a completely new approach to tile designs, The Classic Line harkens back to high end Chinese mahjong tiles carved a hundred years ago. TML designers were inspired by many of the images they saw on the vintage sets, but they put their own twists on the design. Even the color palette of the images, numbers and letters is new, as are the color of the tiles themselves.   The Dots are colorful specks...

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Which dragons go with which suits in mahjong?

The game of mahjong has 3 different types of dragons.   White dragon Green dragon Red dragon  White Dragon Seasoned players call white dragons, Soap. The soap or white dragon belongs to the Dots tile suit. There are 4 white dragons in a mahjong tile set.  Green Dragon The green dragon belongs to the Bams tile suit. There are 4 green dragons in a mahjong tile set.  Red Dragon The red dragon belongs to the Cracks tile suit. There are 4 red dragons in a mahjong tile set. 

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What is a kong in mahjong?

New terminology can definitely make picking up a new game confusing. We are here to help! A kong in the game of mahjong is a 4 of a kind. Four identical tiles such as 3 Dot, 3 Dot, 3 Dot, 3 Dot. Absolutely! You can use a joker(s) to make a kong.  Head over to how to play mahjong for more in-depth knowledge and snag yourself a cheat sheet! 

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What is a pung in mahjong?

Avoid getting trip up by unfamiliar mahjong lingo. A pung in the game of mahjong is a 3 of a kind. Three identical tiles such as 1 crack, 1 crack, 1 crack. Yes! You can can use a joker(s) in a pung.  Heading over to our how to play the game of mahjong. It's packed with helpful tips and rules about mahjong.

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National Mah Jongg League’s 2023 Card | Another Year, Another Card

National Mah Jongg League’s 2023 Card | Another Year, Another Card

By Philippe and Julie, ilovemahj.com It’s that time of year again when we all get to start over! The NMJL 2023 cards are arriving in mailboxes all over the country, and there’s a sense of excitement and anticipation in the Mah Jongg community. No matter how many years you’ve been playing, or your level of experience, learning the new card each year can be tough and somewhat intimidating. That’s where we step in… Our aim is to make getting to grips with the new card as easy and as fast as possible! Plus, all this learning is absolutely fabulous for...

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Hoppy New Year!

Hoppy New Year!

Written by: Yvonne Wolf, Chinese Intercultural Consultant Lunar New Year is a traditional holiday celebrated by almost 20% of the Earth’s global population. It is a non-religious holiday based on an ancient, lunar-based calendar that originated in China. This lunar-based calendar has been used in many parts of East Asia for several millennia. The first day of the first month was known as the new year’s day. By the second half of the 20th century, the lunar calendar ran concurrently with the Gregorian calendar that most of the world follows. Each year was linked with one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals,...

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