Riichi Mahjong is a style of mahjong. Yes, there is more than one kind of mahjong!
Mahjong originated in China, but as it spread, it evolved differently in different places. Other countries and cultures added their own changes and variations, and now there are many flavors of mahjong. All the flavors have some similarities - they are all games for four players, and they all involve drawing and discarding in order to form a winning hand.
Many Americans who know mahjong play a style called American Mahjongg, which is associated with an organization called the NMJL (National Mah Jongg League). This is the style that uses a Card that lists each year's winning hands.
Riichi Mahjong is different. Riichi is the style of mahjong that developed in Japan. It is a great game with wide appeal, so it is rapidly gaining popularity here in the U.S. The major organization is the USPML (U.S. Professional Mahjong League).
The main features of Riichi Mahjong are 1) it emphasizes strategy much more than luck, and 2) it is defensive - "not losing" is as important as winning.
Playing the game feels very intense and exciting.
People who know another type of mahjong can pick up Riichi Mahjong quickly, and can easily appreciate the intricacies and depth of the game. I encourage players of other types to check out Riichi Mahjong as well!
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