Tuesday 25 November 2014

Ladies Invade Homes in Search of Mah Jongg Sets!   

IsraelSwainAnn M. Israel and Gregg Swain were after private Western mah jongg collections when they invaded many homes during their search, but they aren’t burglars! They are photo-archeologists, and private homes were their dig! Hidden deep in the dark of basements, closets, and attics all over this world are some of the most amazing mah jongg treasures people might never see; tiles carefully hand carved and painted by artisans long forgotten. Like skillful and patient archeologists, Ann M. Israel and Gregg Swain set out to unearth these lost works of art before they are forgotten forever.

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In my opinion, playing with someone two hours doesn’t give you so much information about his/her game style. You never know what were the starting tiles, how he/she developed the hand, and so on, and you really see the entire hand only if he/she makes mahjong (and it could happen just a couple of times in two hours). The only way would be watching a player from behind, following his/her way to combine the tiles through the round. I think that much more information would be understandable just listening the comments and the tales between the rounds: by talking, and telling their hands (especially the ones they nearly finished, of course) players tell a lot on their way to play, what they think important and what not. But, I know, listening the others’ tales of game is really boring: nobody does it, everybody just talk...

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