The Mahjong Meetup returns tonight!

Sorry for the short notice but tonight Monday, May 2nd, at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time The Mahjong Meetup will return. Dasuke and I have been busy with our day jobs and other commitments, so we’re trying to broadcast when we have openings in our schedules. All apologies.

Also, unfortunately due to me forgetting to click on the archive settings on Twitch, the first episode did not record. I’ve double checked the settings so we will have the episode up on our YouTube channel.

Dasuke will recap PAX and talk about recently formed NARMA (North American Riichi Mahjong Association) and if we have time, a general call in show where you can talk about your first encounter with riichi mahjong so get your microphones ready.

twitch.tv/themahjongmeetup

Please join us!

–Frenetic

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The Mahjong Meetup on Twitch.tv

The first episode of The Mahjong Meetup will air this Friday April 15th, 3:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Dasuke and I will talk about our experiences at one of the few jansous outside of Japan, the recently formed NARMA, and a general call in show where you can talk about your first encounter with riichi mahjong.

twitch.tv/themahjongmeetup

Please join us!

–Frenetic

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Yaku, Hai!: Riichi (& Ippatsu & Daburu Riichi)

In order to be able to build the best hands, you need to know both how to plan out your play with a hand, and how to execute that plan. This is the essence of hand development: taking that group of 13 useless tiles you start with, and using them to build a tenpai that wins you the game. In riichi, you are constantly confronted with choices like “Do I open my hand?”, “Do I just try to get to tenpai quickly, or am I okay with a slower, more valuable hand?”, and the ever-important “Do I fold?” The yaku are basically your toolbox of techniques to build hands, so understanding each of them is critical (especially in games where they contribute more to scoring, like when playing without open tanyao or red fives).

This is the first article in Yaku, Hai!, a new series of articles which  go into detail on each of the yaku in turn, explaining the rules surrounding them, when you would use them, and the nuances which may not be apparent at first glance. This first article covers the single most important yaku: the titular riichi. We’ll also cover riichi’s brother double riichi and cousin ippatsu, since their the strategy is simply a part of riichi’s.

Riichi is simple on the surface: stay closed, get tenpai, declare riichi, profit! But both the rules and strategies are very complex, making it one of the most difficult yaku to master. Riichi is one of the best reasons to stay closed until you hit tenpai, but that’s not all. There is an incredible amount of strategy that goes into the decision of when to riichi or not, and there is far, far more than one article’s worth to say about it.

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Upcoming tournaments

Rochester is right around the corner, we’ll have our usual reporting team present this March 12-13. If you’re there, ask for the Osamuko team :)

After that, there will be a tournament run once again in the beautiful city of Montreal, QC (CAN). A classic 2-day weekend tournament this June 4-5, 2016. Come enjouy the city while the exchange rate is favorable for tourists.

More info at http://riichi.ca/site/?p=113 — Be there!

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How to Stay Off Tilt and Climb in the Ranks

How to Stay Off Tilt and Climb in the Ranks

If you’ve played mahjong for long enough, you’ll know that have everyone has their ups and downs. Their flow and no flow. Their Tenhou and their double riichiing of said tenhou. Situations like going into orasu after a hard fought 16 hand+ game, only to fall into 4th to a 3rd turn oya mangan on a sole 8m wait. Stuff like this can leave a particularly bad taste and might be the start of your 5 4ths in a row streak. You could go ahead and just blame this phenomenon all on your “bad luck”, “dumb luck of my opponents”, and of course the ever powerful ‘flow’. Though always be aware that luck flows both ways.

‘Dumb Luck’ is one of the most common causes of going on tilt. When you feel like you’re playing a ‘perfect’ game, only to have it fall to some bullshit tanki wait with a dora ankou or an ipptasu tsumo in orasu… No matter how hard you try this ‘dumb luck’ will not go away, but you can decipher this luck to better understand when and how it can occur and what you can do to respond to it.

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Mahjong News 20-01-2016

It’s been a while since the last news post (and post) so let’s jump straight in:

Message from Benjamin Boas
Benjamin wrote the following message to the Osamuko facebook group and asked if we could crosspost:

Recent efforts to spread riichi all over the world have been wonderful to see, particularly Daina Chiba’s book, the first publication for players who have advanced beyond an introductory level.
I’m posting this image to remind people that ever since the early days of international competition, major figures in the Japanese world have been supportive of efforts to spread the good word about riichi. The best example of this is Kyoichiro Noguchi, founder Takeshobo (publisher of Kindai Mahjong), who probably did more than any single person to promote serious competitive Mahjong at an international level. There are many others who donated significant time and resources in the “early” days, including Ichiro Tanioka, Hirokazu Baba, Ryan Morris, and Alban’s Chiyuki Funakoshi.
I encourage leaders of future projects similar to Daina’s to reach out to people like the above, if only to let them know of the community’s progress. They will appreciate the information and if they are in a position to help they probably will.

Daina Chiba’s Riichi Mahjong book

Daina Chiba has wrote an excellent free mahjong strategy book. I highly recommend everyone to read it! http://riichi.dynaman.net/


Tournament in Rochester, New York and other American activities

There will be a mahjong tournament in Rochester in March. Deadline for registering is the 28th of February and it’s just $35 to register, which is really cheap for a mahjong tournament! Visit http://mahjong-ny.com/2016-rochester-riichi-open/ for more information.

PAX East:

The USPML will be running a booth for the 3rd year in a row at PAX east. Badges are sold out but if you already have one, make sure to check it out!

Saki

Yenpress had licensed Saki as a digital only release in July 2015. The first volume was released late Decemember. While the translation is shaky regarding mahjong terms, it’s a good idea to support it as this could lead to more mahjong manga being licensed! Volume one can be purchased on the various platforms listed at http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/none/Saki-Vol-1/9780316354943/?yen for $2.99/£2.49
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