#mahjong league

I’m making an interest check for a Friday night mahjong league, using osamuko.com as the main portal for communicating results and ponpalace.com for discussion. We’ve had various experiences at tournaments before, and I wanted to see if we can take it one step further. I’m willing to take care of the logistics and organization as long as there’s enough people taking part.

To do this, I will need a few things from our faithful readers:

1- Your interest. Please send your intention of participating to ex@white-fang.info and I will compile the list of interested players. I’m looking for at least 12, preferably 16 or 20 to start up. Registered accounts are mandatory, and cannot be switched mid-season.

2- Your dedication. I’m looking for stable three-month commitments for Friday nights (every 2 Friday nights to be precise). I also want to avoid signing up ragequitters or people that are not likely to hang around. People in #mahjong have priority, or most likely will probably be the only people considered for now. If you think this restriction is unfair, let me know by e-mail.

3- Your time zone, and the range of time you can realistically play on a Friday night. My intention is to set up two parallel sessions on the same night split by a few hours. The soonest I can start something up would be 1700 Eastern (2100GMT, 2200 in Britain, 2300 in Europe), and my goal would be to have the other session about 2-3 hours later. You only have to take part in one.

The general information concerning the league is as follows:
– Every league night, you and three opponents play 4 games together. These games will all be played on Tenhou, with the standard mode we play with: East-South match, ari, red, fast.

– Scores will be taken as-is from Tenhou. The ante and spread are as follows: 20 oka, 10-20 uma.

– For the first season, the league will not be stratified, but may become as such afterward at our discretion (or more importantly, with your interest).

– Penalties: Late players have less than 5 minutes free. For every full 5 minutes beyond, the penalty applied is -9, distributed to your opponents equally. After 30 minutes, you will be considered as having forfeited. Forfeiture and no-shows will be penalized -90, half of that redistributed
to the waiting players, the other half to be held. This goes without mentioning, but anyone who has a forfeit match may receive some kind of sanction, and anyone who has forfeit more than once will not be re-invited to future matches.

I’m willing to do all the back-end work, so all we’re missing is you.

TENTATIVE START DATE: July 2, 2010. Please contact me before June 15. Thanks!