https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/16 ... ax-mahjong
The idea behind this thing "a brand-new mahjong game that is customized for American players". Correct. American players ONLY. They only ship to the United States.
More detailed, they re-skinned all of the tiles to make it easier for an American audience to remember them. They also "optimized the rules", without really explaining how they optimized it, but it "makes the entire gameplay more exciting".
Inheriting this core design concept, Max Mahjong discards some too-complex melds and emphasizes the change of players' actions to the points.
In a "treasure gameplay", the treasure tile is random in each round, greatly increasing the chance of each player to win. Finally seizing a winning hand will gain you extra points.
They also work on a "Mahjong bible":"Going for broke" makes the game full of excitement. Choosing to go for broke will reduce the chance of winning but greatly increase the points if you win.
Opinions?In the Max Mahjong Bible, we introduce interesting history of Mahjong as well as some tips that can help you win, such as how to calculate a chance and how to sound out your opponents. Beautifully illustrated, this book provides interesting contents that cannot be found anywhere else. Furthermore, we introduce some basic manners in playing Mahjong.