I wanted to wait until after the North Kanto League to write this month’s column. Now I wish that time hadn’t come. Last month I wrote about all of the opportunities I had and how scared I was of losing these chances this month. Well, my worst fear came true.
For the first time since I joined JPML, I feel like I am playing well. It feels great, but it also feels horrible. The potential there is huge, and I feel like knowing me, I’ll get really close and then lose it.
I honestly believe that JPML is the best mahjong league in the world. When I first joined in 2006, the JPML website was in desperate need of a makeover. About a year later, it got that makeover and now our site is booming. One of the best things about the site is the contribution from the pro’s themselves.
First of all, thank you to everyone who bought my book. It was a 2 years project and all of the positive feedback and support has been extremely encouraging. We all want more players and more places to play Reach Mahjong and hopefully this book will help take a few steps in that direction.
Suddenly being a professional mahjong player in Japan has a new requirement. You also have to be a professional or at least an aspiring Dragon Quest player. That’s right, Dragon Quest IX has been out in Japan for the past few months and that is what all mahjong players are doing between tournaments. Believe it or not these types of games are much more common to find in a professional mahjong player’s DS than, say, a game based on mahjong.