Osamuko Invitational

Hello there, next weekend will a few of us at osamuko discord arrange a team tournament because, well, yeah, way too few tournaments and leagues going on online right now. The format is 4 rounds of 4 games where the first three are an incomplete round robin and the final game is then paired by current position just like the IORMC.

The tournament is an invitational as we wanted to try and test how this works before eventually doing more tournaments later. There will be teams selected by classic captain picking before the tournament so yet we have no clue on how fair or unfair the teams will get. zawa zawa

  • 13:00 GMT 2nd of July 2016
  • 4 teams of 4 players
  • 4 hanchan rounds
  • Lobby C48833576 on tenhou
  • Start and target score : 30,000
  • Uma [30/10/0/-40]
  • Aka ari, 1 red five in each suit
  • Tobi nashi , no busting out
  • Agariyame/Tenpaiyame nashi, last dealer must continue their wind
  • Shaaba nashi, no west round

Oh, yeah, forgot to mention that we don’t have any planned streams but we do encourage anyone to join the lobby here, stream and commentate.

Some updates;
The playerlist is confirmed and the captains have made their picks.

  • Squid Squad; starfire, dynaman, ron⁵ and mou
  • Saturn癒し系高校; Iapetus, yazphier, xGeo and Niko
  • We don’t actually play this game; Dasuke, Mikoto, shinkii and fso
  • The Ladies’ Team; Jiemei, WhITelion, Kyuu and HondaMio

Tournament scores and bracket spreadsheet is prepared and can be viewed here.

The Mahjong Meetup Episode #3

Is up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmrcV3ep4Bg

If you have any suggestions for topics, if you’d like to be a guest (and what you would like to talk about), and questions/comments in general please go to this Google form. Thank you!

Also, you can download MP3s of the episodes for your listening pleasure here:

The Mahjong Meetup #1: https://goo.gl/GNbMiU

The Mahjong Meetup #2: https://goo.gl/B2FT1U

The Mahjong Meetup #3: https://goo.gl/8EZSS9

Thank you,

–Frenetic

Mahjong Teaching Method, Tibet Rules

A couple weeks ago, the USPML hosted a Mahjong booth at PAX EAST. Over the course of three days, with only space for four mahjong tables (three used for teaching), we ended up teaching over 350 people through one hour “How to play Mahjong” sessions. Throughout all of our teaching at PAX East, the biggest success came from a certain teaching style we learned from Benjamin Boas (Author and Mahjong playing American who lives in Japan), called the Tibet Rules. The beauty in these rules is that not only do they effectively teach people how to play mahjong, but also gets them quickly immersed in a game that they can immediately play and get better at, without having to jump through a set of convoluted rules. At PAX East, the large majority of the people that came back for intermediate and advance lessons, as well as those who came to buy mahjong sets, lesson books, and find out more information about mahjong after their lessons, came from the tables using a variety of these rules to teach. The following is the rules that Ben sent us:

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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

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