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20Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:00
Mahjong News
Okay, so it's a Hong Kong Mahjong style game…
Good luck, it's always great to have a new server on the www to play.

PS: On the homepage, you say 'just click the PLAY NOW link'. But this link is nowhere to be found.

Martin Rep
19Wednesday, 18 January 2012 08:42
MahjongPals
We have launch our BETA multiplayer real-mahjong.
You can try it at http://www.mahjongpals.net
18Monday, 25 April 2011 02:33
Andrea
Thanks so much for this article and to Jo for his website, as a mac user I have struggled to find Hong Kong style games to play. I shall now be able to practise as much as I like. Wonderful.
17Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:40
Chris
It's great to learn more about this game before having to buy it. That's what a review is for, after all.
16Wednesday, 23 February 2011 14:08
Quentin
I learnt mahjong with my parents and my grand-parents when I was 7 or 8. It was a (poor) kind of European classical rule. Tiles were translated.

I think true mahjong (with the 136 or 144 right tiles) can be taught to kids as soon as they can count fluently. But complex rules should come step by step.

Mahjong Time: the feel of the real game!

Screenshot of Mahjong TimeMahjong Time has been available since 2005 and a lot has happened since then. Instead of a focus on money and game, it started out as a community with public and private chat boxes, personal information and even homepages for the players to let others know more about themselves. In the course of time, a lot of players on Mahjong Time have met each other in real life, mostly at international tournaments which are organized due to the acceptance and spreading of the international competition rules (MCR).

Initially for free, in 2006 a membership fee was asked for, with distinction in levels and facilities. But it still is possible to play for free, only you won’t build up a ranking and rating and you are limited to the amount of games you can play.

Enhancements

Over the years the rules that are implemented have been adapted to the rules set in the international mahjong world. And as a different to most mahjong servers, the feel of the real game is there: you can make mistakes and players are not warned when some possibility to make a set or mahjong turns up. Players have to make their own choices and make it in time.

Although players tend to complain, it must be stated that Mahjong Time has really listened to the wishes and wants of the players who took the trouble to ask. A fully renewed version of the site was introduced at the start of 2010 and further enhancements were made, trying to approach the real live game as much as possible.

Tournaments

Until the end of 2009 very popular tournaments were held regularly. Not only free roll tournaments that lasted about an hour and a half, but also tournaments taking six rounds of an hour each, stretched out over two weekend days. With a subscription fee but no money to win. A very nice chaos with a trophy physically sent to the winner and a virtual medal added to the personal info. Hopefully MJT will take steps to get these tournaments on track again soon.


I am not sure if it is the advertising/marketing, the barrier of membership, or even the feel of a community which does not appeal to everyone that keeps people playing at Mahjong Time, but it sometimes can be a bit of a struggle to find competitors by lack of logged in players.

 

Mahjong Time

url: http://mahjongtime.com
variants: HK, Riichi, European Classic, MCR, Taiwan, American
languages: English, Chinese, Japanes, Korean, Russian, French, Spanish
download needed: no
chat: yes

This is part IV in the series 'Adrie Online' by Adrie van Geffen. Number 1 was about Kong88, number 2 about Tenhou, number 3 about eMahjong (Mahjong Logic).

 


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