This is a quick and dirty guide to jumping into games on tenhou.net, currently the biggest Japanese mahjong site online. For further information on everything on tenhou I would refer you to Alvin’s tenhou documentation site. Remember to sign his guestbook.

Load it up and hit PLAY, and click the little サーバに接続 link to connect to the server.

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Personally I prefer Economy mode more, it’s more spartan so I can concentrate better on the tiles. But to each his own. Either way you will get to this.

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This is the main rank-grinding lobby of tenhou, and you just click the buttons to queue in east only or east-south matches. Some functions such as replays and stat analysis are only open to players with a registered ID (you can register for free in the login screen).

The page most of us bookmark is http://tenhou.net/0/?L7447, a direct link to our private lobby, which may be filled or empty depending on the time of day.

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Actual play needs no screenshots, I trust. The interface is intuitive and beautifully simple. To interact with anything just highlight your tiles and click. I would suggest you remember what the words for ron, tsumo and pass look like, or you will sooner or later have an amusing story to share. PROTIP: Double-clicking on the game board when you get the chance to call on a tile will make you pass on the call; double-clicking when you have drawn a tile makes you discard that tile (known as tsumokiri).