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Group Culture (Article ID 149)

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Mah jongg is both a recreational and social game regardless of how the rules are observed. Following are the most common descriptions of group cultures in the mah jongg community:

  • Legacy – play by NMJL rules using rules that have been revoked (i.e., picking ahead, playing with futures)
  • Casual – play by NMJL rules using leniency (i.e. forgiving mistakes)
  • Formal – play by NMJL rules (i.e., no house rules or legacy rules)
  • Formal Hybrid – play by NMJL rules along with with house rules to encourage defensive play (i.e. hot wall, cold wall), inflate hand values (i.e., rolling doubles=double value), or add interesting versions (i.e., Atomic); can also include legacy rules
  • Competition – play by tournament rules
Group Culture (Article ID 149)
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