Mah Jongg…Keep The Brain Active
Mahjong is a game that originated in China, commonly played by four players (with some three-player variations found in Korea and Japan). Similar to the Western card game rummy, mahjong is a game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a certain degree of chance.
The game is played with a set of 136 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols, although some regional variations use a different number of tiles. In most variations, each player begins by receiving thirteen tiles. In turn players draw and discard tiles until they complete a legal hand using the fourteenth drawn tile to form four groups (melds) and a pair (head). There are fairly standard rules about how a piece is drawn, stolen from another player and thus melded, the use of simples (numbered tiles) and honours (winds and dragons), the kinds of melds, and the order of dealing and play. However there are many regional variations in the rules; in addition, the scoring system and the minimum hand necessary to win varies significantly based on the local rules being used.
For my preference, I prefer to play with the same group of girls, just so you all are on the same page with rules etc. It is a very challenging game but also gives you a little time once you know the game to have a little fellowship along the way. Just like anything else in life, the group you are with, can make it an very reward able experience or just a group of competitive ladies. I am very fortunate to have the best group ever to play with. Many laughs are shared and it makes learning so much fun.
I had to show you this photo…look real closely! Kathy, is wearing a Mah Jongg Bracelet! Too Cute huh?! This adorable lady is the one who taught me to play this game. She is very patient and if it weren’t for her I would never entered the Mah Jongg world. We have been playing together for 4 years now…I am so glad I stuck with it and didn’t give up. Just like life…when we stick with something and learn, it is such a rewarding experience!
If you are looking for a way to stimulate the brain…very important as we start to age☺ I highly recommend this enticing game. The National Mah Jongg League website is here…check it out.
Your turn…do you play Mah Jongg? If not, what game or craft challenges you?
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