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The League on Table Rules (Article ID 50) 

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Abstract:  The NMJL does not support house rules because they feel they are not conducive to the game and may lead to arguments. The NMJL is available to answer calls for any questions that follow their rules.  House rules are not included in Mah Jongg Made Easy. Below is a list of the most common house rules played today:

  • 14-Tile Game
  • 3-Player Game with the Charleston
  • Atomic
  • Cold Wall
  • Hot Wall
  • Mush
  • Not Breaking the Wall (Article ID 148)
  • Picking Ahead
  • Pie (Article ID 145)
  • Player Rotation
  • Playing with Futures (Article ID 122)
  • Rolling Doubles Raises the Value of the Hand
  • Tournament Rules in Social Games
  • Wall Game Kitty

Question from a player:  What should we do if we are playing with a house rule and have a disagreement about it? 
 
Answer from the NMJLIt is the opinion of the NMJL that table rules regarding the play are not conducive to the game and can only lead to arguments and unpleasant differences of interpretation.  Roll the dice to break the wall.   Do not pick in advance.  Do not play hot or cold wall.  Do not throw hand in until mah jongg is verified.  Please observe all rulings back of scorecard to avoid putting back incorrect tile and the suspicion of wrongdoing.” 

Source:  National Mah Jongg League Bulletin Q&A 1976 page 3


Other answers from the NMJL:
 
“We will make decisions for you on any of our rulings but you must extricate yourselves on rulings which you make and with which we disagree.” 
 
“Please do not ask us for a ruling when you are picking ahead or playing with 14 tiles.  Once you decide to make your own rules, you must figure out just how to handle the mistakes and confusions when you get into trouble.” 
 
“Please do not ask us for a ruling when you are picking ahead.  Once you decide to pick ahead, you must figure out just how to handle the mistakes and confusion when you get into trouble.” 
 
“Please do not ask us for a ruling when you get into trouble by breaking our first rule of no picking ahead.  We do not make rules for the infraction of our rules.  Once you decide to pick ahead, you must figure out just how to handle the mistakes and confusion this entails.” 
 
“Please do not ask us for a ruling when you get into trouble by breaking our first rule of no picking ahead.  We do not make rules for the infraction of our rules.  Once you decide to pick ahead, you must figure out just how to handle the mistakes and confusion this entails.  We will make decisions for you on any of our rulings, but you must extricate yourselves on rulings which you make and with which we disagree.”  
 
Source for other answers:  National Mah Jongg League Bulletin Q&A (1973 page 5, 1974 page 3,  1977 page 3, 1977 page 4, 1978 page 4, 1979 page 4, 1980 page 3, 1982 page 4, 2012, 2016, 2004, 2011)  https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org

The League on Table Rules (Article ID 50) 
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