Covid-19 has, no doubt, led to a lot of Mah-Jong players feeling stranded – unable to have their regular game with their friends and club members.
This book explains how you can play a version of the game – not too far removed from the normal one – without having to leave your home to meet up with other players. It doesn’t require any special online games software. You only need to to be able to use Skype, FaceTime or one of the free video calling apps (similar to Zoom) – and to have a Mah-Jong set in your home. The idea may seem an unlikely one. But the author has found that it works well for British and other Mah-Jong rules, which suggests that the idea can be applied to many varieties of Mah-Jong. Perhaps surprisingly, very few rules of any substance need to be changed and the game presents similar challenges to the normal one. A number of workarounds have been found which get over the obvious problem that tiles cannot be exchanged between homes. The book explains how all this can be done in some detail using easy-to-understand illustrations.The consequences of using more than one set are dealt with and methods are shown for how you can play from two, three or four homes. Players can use a desktop, laptop or tablet to communicate with others. The book also gives some guidance to those who might be interested in using an online games site. This can work well, but if being able to see and chat with your opponents is the most important consideration you may find them lacking. This remote Mah-Jong, of course, also gives a way of playing the game to people who cannot normally meet around a table – to friends and family wherever they live.