If so, you are about to see some really funny stocking stuffers/Chanukah gifts at a really great price.
Well, you too can own these Jokers…remember our dear friend Alex who brought us the terrific Holiday Mahjong Christmas Edition last year? This year Alex – and his friend Nana, the artist & designer – have brought us very funny Joker stickers which come 8 to a set (each sticker measures 1.2″ H x 1″ W (3 x 2.5 centimeters) …you can buy them at his Etsy store …see for yourself –
Have any of you seen the Amazon series “Red Oaks” with Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser, Freddy Roman, Gina Gershon, Richard Kind and more? My dear friend (although not a Mah Jongg player!) Jodi D told me that I must watch this series, now in its second season. So, this afternoon I watched the pilot and then binge-watched right into Episode 2…and guess what I saw…the women at the Red Oaks Country Club playing Mah Jongg! Seriously, Mah Jongg is everywhere!!! Now I just have to contact the producers and let them know that in reality these women would have been playing with NMJL sets and racks because I definitely heard them say, “I still don’t have any Jokers!”
I recently received a question from our dear friend Joy H regarding Atomic hands in a Mah Jongg game. For those of you who do not know about Atomic Mah Jongg, I wrote about it several years ago in a previous blog posting. Since that posting the OM’s (my Wednesday Mah Jongg group) have amended the rules to say no Flowers as well as no Jokers are allowed. Here is Joy’s question:
Hi Ann – Our group has started playing Atomic hands when possible and now we are wondering if you could answer a couple of questions.
I read your posts about going ‘Atomic’ and understand that since it is not recognized by the NMJL, table rules must therefore be applied. We would like to follow your table rules, although we don’t play for money.
I’m assuming that your group declares when one is going ‘Atomic’, due to the fact that there is no line on the card. Is that correct?
Also why does your group follow a rule that if you pick a Flower or Joker you must change your hand?
I can’t understand this one but another in our group does not think 4 of a kind makes two pair, so I’m also assuming that is another table rule you have implemented.
So many questions… so many rules ….. so much FUN!
Think of you often, my friend,
My response to Joy was as follows:
Flowers and Jokers disqualify your hand for Atomic simply because there are so many of each and it is too easy to get pairs of them. That would give Atomic hands an unfair advantage so we say that if you pick a Flower or Joker then you are no longer Atomic (and hopefully you have a backup hand). This is not just a table rule for our group – this seems to be the standard accepted rule for Atomic hands. Also, you must declare yourself Atomic BEFORE the Charleston so that no one is allowed to pass you a Flower. And yes, with an Atomic hand, 4 of a kind is considered two pairs. Having said all of this I must also tell you that I do not “approve” of Atomic game play. It changes the nature of the game and I totally understand why it is not sanctioned by the NMJL. I only mention it briefly when teaching Mah Jongg and make it clear that I don’t like it. I personally do not play Atomic hands – I prefer to stay with the NMJL accepted hands on the card…but, that’s me. I would love to hear your thoughts on this game-changing hand. Let me know what you think!
Nothing like hosting a brunch and lots of Mah Jongg in the morning. What could be a better way to start the day? And what better way to end the day with this self-picked and really fun Mah Jongg hand of FFFF DDDD DD DDDD.