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by TobiasOlsen
Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Query re rules
Replies: 12
Views: 4286

Re:Query re rules

Usually, when we play, we also start at 0 points, simply because we don\'t feel like the game ending before time because someone loses too many points.
by TobiasOlsen
Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:22 am
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Query re rules
Replies: 12
Views: 4286

Re:Query re rules

In the EMA rules, 3 rons does not cause the hand to get replayed. The player who discarded the tile simply pays the other 3 players (he should probably have known better than to discard that tile). In european tournaments, you start at 0 points, so there is no \"running out of points\". We simply ke...
by TobiasOlsen
Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:08 pm
Forum: Other Rules
Topic: Combining MCR and Riichi (a thought experiment)
Replies: 9
Views: 3907

Combining MCR and Riichi (a thought experiment)

I am one of those who play both MCR and Riichi, and who can\'t seem to decide which ruleset they prefer. Mahjong is a game of patterns and defense, and MCR ignores the defense while Riichi ignores the pattern part (I know MCR does have an element of defense and Riichi has an element of patterns, but...
by TobiasOlsen
Wed May 20, 2009 1:37 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Red fives - 3 or 4 or 0?
Replies: 21
Views: 4531

Re:Red fives - 3 or 4 or 0?

Actually, Senechai, the temporary furiten is broken by chi/pon/kan, so you do not necessarily have to have drawn a new tile before you can again win off a discard
by TobiasOlsen
Sun May 03, 2009 12:55 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Reading Shan-Ten in High-Level Play
Replies: 4
Views: 1584

Re:Reading Shan-Ten in High-Level Play

Indeed, if the player does not discard from his hand, he cannot reduce his shan ten. However, if he discards purely from his draws from the beginning (and those discards are not honors and you don\'t think he has decided to give up this hand), then that is a danger sign that he has a fairly low shan...
by TobiasOlsen
Sat May 02, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: Other Rules
Topic: Shall I make a new version / house rules?
Replies: 15
Views: 7484

Re:Shall I make a new version / house rules?

yes, MCR (mahjong competition rules) is the same as those called the international rules and also the ones called the chinese official (CO) rules, or the official chinese (OC). The scoring system is simpler in those rules, but there are a lot more hands to remember (it is not actually that hard to r...
by TobiasOlsen
Sat May 02, 2009 11:37 am
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Reading Shan-Ten in High-Level Play
Replies: 4
Views: 1584

Re:Reading Shan-Ten in High-Level Play

I think that assuming you opponent gets one closer to tenpai each time he discards from his hand is too strong. Many discards from the hand is upon drawing a tile that does not bring you closer to tenpai but simply gives you more tiles that will bring you closer (like if you have a 45 and draw a 5)....
by TobiasOlsen
Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:44 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: What do you guys do with your flowers/other fives?
Replies: 17
Views: 4040

Re:What do you guys do with your flowers/other fives?

I keep the tiles in the trays and just turn the tiles I am not going to use the other way (and sometimes, when I remember to, I also turn one of each wind and an even and an odd tiles the other way so I can easily find tiles to draw lots with)
by TobiasOlsen
Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Ryuukyoku
Replies: 17
Views: 4766

Re:Ryuukyoku

If you want to never have to fold a hand, play MCR. The bonus payment for winning a hand and the huge amounts of points gained on self-picks means that it is possible to play decently without ever folding a hand (though defensive play still does enter if you play it well enough). But then, if you do...
by TobiasOlsen
Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Ryuukyoku
Replies: 17
Views: 4766

Re:Ryuukyoku

What it says about riichi is that it is a defensive game, and the no-ten payment is then to encourage a certain degree of offensive play as well. This is the same reason east pays more for self-picks but get more for their own hands. It means that at least one player will almost always be going for ...
by TobiasOlsen
Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Double Runs
Replies: 19
Views: 4661

Re:Double Runs

From the view of pure probability, a hand like itsuu should be worth more than sanshoku for instance (there are three different ways to make itsuu and 7 different ways to make sanshoku, and since none of them include more than one of a single tile, this translates directly to the ratio of their prob...
by TobiasOlsen
Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: What?
Replies: 2
Views: 1232

Re:What?

In most versions of riichi, no. I know it used to be a rule here to avoid ending the game with draw sticks and riichi sticks still on the table, but there was really no reason for it, since there are fine rules for where the riichi stick goes, and the draw sticks have not been paid by anyone, so the...
by TobiasOlsen
Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: Reach Mahjong
Topic: Teaching Reach Mahjong to Beginners
Replies: 17
Views: 4032

Re:Teaching Reach Mahjong to Beginners

We usually teach beginners the MCR rules, as these rules are simpler in most respects, except actually completing hands are harder for beginners (no furiten, simple additive scoring system, no dora, no difference which seat you are for scoring). This way people have usually been playing for some tim...