“The real game” is a board game for four players somewhat similar to the card game “Gin Rummy”, but played with tiles instead of cards. There are at least 28 known varieties of mahjongg; with the six major varieties being: Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, American, Western and Filipino. All the different Mahjongg games uses pretty similar basic rules, but different scoring and different strategies, special hands and tile combinations.

Myth and History – a myth claims that mahjongg was played by Noah in his Ark during the biblical Flood. Another myth claims that it was the great Chinese philosopher, Confucius, that invented the game about 500 years B.C. A third myth claims it was created during the T’ang Dynasty (618-907).  The much more probably theory is that it was created around AD 1850 in the area of Ningbo, China by merging several card, tile and domino games.  

Photo by Tom Sloper


For more information about ‘the game of a hundred intelligences’ please visit the following resources:

Sloperama.com's MAH-JONGG Zone

The site of 'Mr. Mah-Jongg's" (Tom Sloper) with all you ever want to know about 'true' MahJongg. Excellent F.A.Q for rec.games.mahjong

MahJong News 
The Independent Internet MahJong Newspaper


Martin Rep's site


The Norwegian Mah Jongg Site

Harald Claussen's site about MahJongg history, tile meaning and values, reviews, both 'real' and solitaire Mahjongg. Norwegian and English language. [1999]


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