Saturday, January 21, 2006

Wall Games


One of the things I enjoy playing is the game of Mah Jongg. When our kids were still in grade school I started playing this game every month with three dear friends. The four of us have mixed the tiles, wished for jokers, pot lucked dinners, shared our thoughts, laughed, cried and discovered ourselves over the tiles for the past 10 years. This month we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary of playing Mah Jongg and playing the game of life.

9 comments:

Amanda said...

I have some great memories from when I was in elementary school and my mom would play Mah Jongg with friends of hers. She'd let me set up the tiles and put out the snacks and I always loved to sneak some of the food and try to figure out the pictures on the tiles. :)

CĂ©line said...

I'm a huge Mah-Jong fan too!

Amanda said...

Angela, this is so funny. My best friend Edwin is chinese, and his family loves playing Mah Jongg. -Amanda Brooks
:)

Frivolitea said...

Cool image. Thanks.

Frivolitea said...

I like this image. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who doesn't know what Mah jongg is? How do u play?

-Katie

ac said...

The Mah Jongg League explains the game this way...
Mah Jongg (or "Maajh", as it is usually called) is a fascinating rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. The game originated in China, dating back to the time of Confucius. It was originally played solely by the ruling classes; the Mandarins refused to permit other inhabitants of the country to enjoy the pleasure of this aristocratic pastime. The introduction of Ma Cheuck, the game of the Sparrows, to all classes was met with instant popularity. To this day, Mah Jongg remains the most popular game in the Orient. Interestingly, the rules in North China differ from those in South China.

There are several versions of Maajh, but each fall under two broad categories: American Mah Jongg and Chinese Mah Jongg. American Maajh differs from International Maajh in several ways:

It uses a card of Standard Hands, against which all games are played; these cards are changed annually.

It uses more tiles, notably the Joker.

The game is started with "Charleston", or the passing of 3 unwanted tiles from one player to another.

It uses Jokers to complete quints in several combinations of hands.

Mah Jongg is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, with millions of dedicated players around the world and a variety of Internet and computer versions. A very small amount of time and effort is required to master the elementary principles of the game.Your patience in mastering the fine points of Mah Jongg will be repaid many times by the keen enjoyment invariably derived from the game.

I made the art piece from the Mah Jongg card you use and also included a couple of the tiles. It's lots of fun and very addicting...If it's peaked your interest check out this website for more information.
http://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org/

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the explanation! It sounds very interesting. I'll definitely check out that site.

-Katie

Stephanie said...

hmm i have never played