August 15, 2003

Do you play Mah Jongg? I’m guessing you don’t. And if you don’t, you’re missing out on one of the most entertaining and fascinating games ever created.

Think it’s too difficult?

You’re wrong. (Yes, the scoring is kind of a pain in the neck.)

Won’t be bothered because you can’t imagine finding three other Mah Jongg players to round out the table?

Well, that’s a valid concern. The game’s popularity in the U.S. peaked some time in the 1950s.

So until you get your group together, I highly recommend you download and purchase the PC version of Mah Jongg created by, or at least marketed by, one Berrie Bloem.

You can play alone on your PC against three very capable competitors. To make things easier for the beginner, select “Quick Tip” under “Help,” and “Players Voices” under “Game” “Preferences” “Sound,” and “Ask First” under “Options.”

Trust me, you will find yourself picking up the game rather quickly. Not necessarily winning, but learning this fascinating and beautiful ancient game. You’ll be hooked before long.


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