Mahjong is a table game that uses tiles to form hands consisting of melds, like the card game gin rummy. (Gin rummy can trace its origins back to the mahjong that was played in China.) It's a four player game that combines the elements of calculation and strategy that is found in chess with the elements of risk assessment, observation skills, and especially luck that is found in poker.
Saki style mahjong
- Main article: Mahjong in Saki
Understanding the mahjong
The Saki (anime) and the Achiga-hen side-A (anime) can be enjoyed without knowing much about mahjong. Paying close attention to the mahjong adds another layer of enjoyment. Knowing mahjong is more necessary when reading the Saki (manga) and the Achiga (manga). See the Mahjong in Saki page for an introduction to playing Saki style rīchi mahjong, an explanation of some of the early games played in Saki and Achiga-hen, and a link to an automated single player game.
Crunchyroll's Saki anime translator used mahjong terminology found in the European Mahjong Association's rīchi mahjong rules, which have since been revised.
Riichi mahjong rules
In rīchi mahjong, in addition to the melds, players need to meet another condition, which in is called a yaku. Yakus add richness and depth to the game but at the same time require some additional starting knowledge. When mahjong is not played with a computer, scoring by hand also requires additional starting knowledge.
Rīchi mahjong is often played electronically. When playing any computerized version of mahjong, a player does not need to worry about game setup, moving tiles, scoring, and a lack of players.
Mahjong in other anime/manga
- Main article: Mahjong in other media