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95Tuesday, 14 February 2012 09:48
Benjamin Boas
Finally! ^_^
94Monday, 13 February 2012 14:23
Sylvain Malbec
JPML rule A is kuikae ari too, and even if you can you'll rarely "pick-and-switch" anyway, so that would not be much a problem.

IMO, kuitan nashi will be the most problematic point for a world championship.
93Saturday, 11 February 2012 17:16
Senechal Duhaut
Bunta's comment, while pertinent (especially in the light of Europe wanting to organize a world championship, seeking support from leagues with open tanyao), is far from happening any time soon.

To shorten my point, kuitan-nashi Mahjong is like Formula 1 racing with 3 tires. It's probably a great learning exercise (good) that they turned into the only form of testing (bad). If that was the only problem, most people could live with that. The bigger problem for EMA Mahjong is their tolerance for a type of call that would be considered cheating anywhere else: tolerating the pick-and-switch for the same tile. (chi 78+9, throw nine; pon 11+1, throw one)

For a WC-Riichi event to succeed, that last point needs to be addressed once and for all. As for the rest of the rules, it will most likely be a take it or leave it scenario. There's nothing we can do about it.
92Friday, 10 February 2012 14:36
If the red 5s would be removed and open tanyao allowed the rules would be even better.
But i appreciate the current changes cuz they minimize the luck factor a bit.
91Friday, 30 December 2011 02:08
yang guang
I have played this game it is not like real MJ. There are to many Self MJ , the scores become ridiculous at time, the program may be flawed, I seen to many strange things happen with this program. I still play this computer program , but it is far from being close to real MJ. I play TW MJ . Things like NO such MJ and you have a wriong MJ do not exist in real MJ , The rating systyem is way out of wack, Im sure some white person invited this program..I really think they it is a artifical intelligence has a mind of its owm,,,ramdom tossing of tiles does happen , the software for LABTOP needs lots of updating , becareful when you play this game..I have played for 50 years MJ and this game is far from being perfect ....

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‘Washizu Mahjong’ to be added to FourWinds Mahjong

Screenshot from the Akagi-cartoon.HELSINKI - The next version of the popular mahjong software game ‘Four Winds Mahjong’ is likely to contain ‘Washizu Mahjong’. This very special mahjong variant is inspired on the Japanese manga ‘Akagi’. In this manga - also turned into a cartoon - a spectacular, deadly mahjong competition is played with tiles which are transparent - that is to say: most of them.

Noboyuki FukumotoUntil now, Washizu Mahjong does not exist in the real world. The exact rules and regulations are not even determined yet. Certain is that it is based on riichi mahjong. But it is not sure if the manga artist, Nobuyuki Fukumoto, has given much thought to the problems which might arouse when playing with see-through tiles.

But, thanks to the immense popularity of the manga and the cartoon, some manufacturers have started to sell ‘Washizu sets’: sets in which every fourth specimen of each tiles is opaque. The rest is transparent. Some of the buyers have tried to play Washizu mahjong with these sets. A first international Washizu tournament (no open subscription) is anticipated later this year at Arnhem, the Netherlands. On the web site of this event, discussions about the rules and regulations are being held.


Washizu set, with transparent and non-transparent tiles.The FourWinds software game is quite popular, since it can be used to practice virtually any mahjong variant, thanks to the flexible rule set configuration. This also implies Taiwanese mahjong (which is played with sixteen tiles) and American mahjong (where a varying number of jokers is used).

The addition to the game was suggested by Mahjong News to Arto Tenkanen, the Finnish creator of the software. Mr.Tenkanen has reacted enthusiastically on the idea, since he thinks Washizu Mahjong is a very interesting concept. “It would be fairly easy to implement, though its proper implementation would require significant changes in AI, especially if team-play is allowed.”

In the manga, the two main characters, Akagi and Washizu, have both an assistant, who discard the tiles which they need. It is not sure yet if this concept will be used during the Dutch tournament.

Arto: “I have been planning a new glass/plastic-like theme to be released with the next update (concentrating mostly on supporting large-format screens, including HD ready and Full-HD TV sets) so the concept of partial transparency would fit well with the aesthetics of the new theme.”

In the next update of FourWinds mahjong, also EMA Riichi rules will be applied. Until now, this rule set has to be created manually by the users.

Website of FourWinds Mahjong
The Akagi cartoon on YouTube


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1Monday, 22 February 2010 03:26
Alan Kwan
I think Washizu is sub-optimal because it's just a matter of luck whether one gets a transparent or opaque tile. I suggest not to bother with a special tile set, instead just play with a normal set, but with the rule that, each player must reveal all but three tiles in his hand. This is better because the player chooses which tiles to reveal and which to conceal. Also, we avoid the costs and hassle (bag, gloves, etc) of a special set.

Some day I'll try Spy mahjong with Zung Jung rules.
2Monday, 22 February 2010 13:25
Of course its a matter of luck, like in every version of Mahjong, even Zung Jung. Because you can never affect the tiles you start with (unless you cheat)!

But this is how it works in Washizu. And this is what the feeling is all about!
3Tuesday, 23 February 2010 01:02
Alan Kwan
There is inherently some luck in mahjong. And a variant can add more luck to it, or not.

For example, real joker tiles add a lot of luck. But virtual jokers, while improving the pace of the game, adds some skill without adding any excess luck. I believe Washizu and Spy gives the same comparison.
4Wednesday, 21 April 2010 10:00
Actually this washizu transparent gameplay is quite interesting. There is a local retailer here in Vancouver that sells such a set in Chinese and i believe american set as well. You can actually choose the level of transparency and how many tiles are transparent and how many are opaque. This really changes the way you play mahjong.
Saturday, 24 April 2010 11:18
Adrie van Geffen
There is no real need to purchase different sets with %% of transparancy. You need only a regular set and a transparant set. The tiles don't even have to be the same size, for no wall is built. It may look awkward in the hand, but the effect is still the same. Purchasing only the all transparant set will give you all possible variants mentioned.
5Friday, 28 May 2010 06:05
Actually if you view the link above again, the gameplay is different using transparent tiles. You are actually building the wall and playing a "regular" game of mahjong, but using transparent tiles, so therefore the different percentages of transparent tiles in that customizable set actually makes sense and the size of the tiles does matter. You aren't just picking the tiles out of a bag.
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