When the tiles are laid out in this manner it is called the Symbolic Square of Mah Jongg. With this symmetrical type of display, you are able to see all 144 tiles of the set. You will note that the Symbolic Square is designed for sets used for Chinese mahjong, not for American Mah Jongg, as there are no Jokers.
If you are anything like me, I can barely make out what is on those marvelous vintage tiles. I love to collect these sets but honestly, even my strongest EyeBobs can’t help me! I just can’t see as well as I used to – and that’s putting it kindly. Until now…
The thoughtful minds at Where the Winds Blow have told me that very soon they will be carrying tiles with LARGER NUMBERS for players with vision impairment (that’s just about everyone I know!). There will also be Dragons with text for players with color blindness! They wrote me that they know many senior players who had to stop playing Mah Jongg simply because they cannot see the numbers or, when they buy the jumbo tiles, they find they are simply to heavy to use. No excuses any longer with these new tiles! BTW, the numbers also are color coded to match the suits. The good news is that the tiles are Standard American sized tiles featuring larger numbers and smaller symbols.
These tile sets will soon be available in solid white, blue denim and their popular rainbow tiles. If you are interested, don’t hesitate because these tiles will sell out fast. This is a great gift for your mom or your grandmother…or yourself – if you are over 40 then you know what I mean! Reserve your sets by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.