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by Gamegrunt
Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:45 am
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Open and concealed
Replies: 10
Views: 1992

Re: Open and concealed

Geez, I wish my Japanese were better!

Gg
by Gamegrunt
Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Looking for a new set
Replies: 17
Views: 3532

Re: Looking for a new set

It looks like a nice set, and for 42 American (plus some significant shipping) it's definitely attractively priced. I love the broken English syntax on that page... "...but that the back of the black in a few decades ago seems to have been popular recently, is very small type." BTW, please...
by Gamegrunt
Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:29 am
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Looking for a new set
Replies: 17
Views: 3532

Re: Looking for a new set

My wife and I have totally enjoyed the ownership of our Take Set, now over a year old, but I can't help but experience a bit of envy when I watch the Japanese Riichi sessions available to watch on YouTube - those sets are thicker and the designs are sharper. I realize they are the sets that work wit...
by Gamegrunt
Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:24 am
Forum: Mahjong Dojo
Topic: New terminology and rules guide available
Replies: 20
Views: 6683

Re: New terminology and rules guide available

Looks good, Bart! I'll be sure to print it out and have four copies for my next session.

You rock!

Gg
by Gamegrunt
Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:23 am
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Help a newbie find a good cost efficient set
Replies: 5
Views: 1129

Re: Help a newbie find a good cost efficient set

It's hard to make the right choice of a first set, but if you're committed to playing the Japanese game, by all means make the investment and spend the money. A quality mahjong set will last beyond your lifetime and deliver great joy.

Gg
by Gamegrunt
Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Help a newbie find a good cost efficient set
Replies: 5
Views: 1129

Re: Help a newbie find a good cost efficient set

If I hadn't obtained a Take set and I was looking to buy one now, the YMI white/yellow set would be the way I'd go. In the U.S., Riichi sets are a niche market, a market dominated by American style and Chinese sets. There aren't many options. The Take set is beautiful and durable - we've dropped til...
by Gamegrunt
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Players' placement - Seating at the table
Replies: 9
Views: 1811

Re: Players' placement - Seating at the table

I realize that the country that evolved the Tea Ceremony would have an elaborate system to determine seat positions, but as my ancestors are my witness, I've seen those old movies with my hero, Kentaro Shimizu, or Shimizu Kentaro or some-such, and I swear I saw four dudes in suits simply pick a face...
by Gamegrunt
Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Players' placement - Seating at the table
Replies: 9
Views: 1811

Re: Players' placement - Seating at the table

1. Take one of each wind tile and place face down.

2. Shuffle.

3. Everyone take a tile.

4. East chooses a seat and others sit accordingly.

Gg
by Gamegrunt
Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Riichi vs. Zung Jung
Replies: 5
Views: 1074

Re: Riichi vs. Zung Jung

I have played with the Zung Jung rules and found much the same thing. You could do like the WSOM and skip the chicken hand. I also found the "everyone pays at least 30 points" rule problematic, since many hands won't be worth more than that. Having everyone pay regardless of who threw the...
by Gamegrunt
Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:34 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Riichi vs. Zung Jung
Replies: 5
Views: 1074

Riichi vs. Zung Jung

Who among you who plays Riichi regularly and also has played a significant amount of Alan Kwan's Zung Jung? I was intrigued by the simplication of his system but in one partial game (a two player with dummy hands) I didn't find it engaging. As an example, the one point "chicken hand" mecha...
by Gamegrunt
Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:16 am
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: New from YMI
Replies: 13
Views: 2646

Re: New from YMI

I think, Senechal, that you have put the appropriate spin on the discussion. :wink:

Gg
by Gamegrunt
Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:48 am
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: New from YMI
Replies: 13
Views: 2646

Re: New from YMI

The slipperiness is the combination of two things: the polish/finish and the fact that they are not square cornered prisms but soft-rounded boxes, losing yet even more surface to stack tiles. It can easily be imagined by those of us who have acquired the skill to build walls by grasping a row of 17...
by Gamegrunt
Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:53 am
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: New from YMI
Replies: 13
Views: 2646

Re: New from YMI

The black sets look intriguing, but we frequently play in less than ideal lighting and I'm wondering if that would be a problem as well. As White Dragons are blank on both sides in Riichi sets that are monochromatic, the issue of scratches over time marking these tiles when in the wall (light reflec...
by Gamegrunt
Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: New from YMI
Replies: 13
Views: 2646

Re: New from YMI

PS In other news, I'm very pleased to be able to (unofficially) announce that last night I finally finished writing my new guide to the rules and terminology of Japanese mahjong! :D Stay tuned for my formal announcement when the PDF is available for download... Good news! It seems that there could ...
by Gamegrunt
Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: New from YMI
Replies: 13
Views: 2646

Re: New from YMI

Thanks Bart! It's nice to have something newsworthy to add to the forum. I've played a lot of two player Riichi with my wife. Sadly, the couple we've often played mahjong with in the past (and the only opportunity we've had to play four player) have been enduring a medical crisis - the woman in the ...

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