Playing Mah Jongg On-Line

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I’ve recently started playing Mah Jongg on a new website www.myjongg.net. I was intrigued, in part because I haven’t played Mah Jongg online previously. I found that while this is definitely not my preferred method of play, it does fulfill some needs.
myjongg.netThe game is played with the NMJL 2016 card, and the rules are the same. I was able to visualize all the discards in an easier format than if I was playing live. Points are awarded for wall games, wins, and drawing one’s own Mah Jongg tile. Points are deducted for passing the winning Mah Jongg tile to someone else.

I have played several games where the three other players were bots. Many have cute names that are variations of common words or phrases. Since they are computers their decisions about passing or claiming a tile take mere seconds in total. It seems that most human players logged onto the site at any given time are playing this way, with one human and three bots. Why? If no human players are available, new players can gain experience; however feedback from fellow Mah Jongg enthusiasts is missing. If there are no Mah Jongg games or players available in a particular area at the time, then this system may suffice to cure pangs of Mah Jongg withdrawal. There are also times that I have an extra 15 or 30 minutes and can play a couple of quick games with the bots.

Of course it’s usually more enjoyable to play with other human players than with robots. I sometimes find other people who are available at the time I want to play. Although I don’t know any of them personally, I have played with many of the same folks in subsequent games. Unfortunately I find that sometimes human players are slow to respond and occasionally leave a game before it is finished. Perhaps this is common because playing a computer game does not necessitate refraining from distractions such as electronic devices and cell phones. Sometimes when the wait for a discarded tile seems interminable, I wonder if the guilty player is reading email or talking on the phone.

Although one can “chat” with the other players, it’s certainly not the same as playing live. I like hearing the click of tiles and the sighs of the other participants, and commiserating being “oh so close”. But for those times when I need a “quick fix” it is acceptable, and enjoyable.

 

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  1. Cathyschibli  June 20, 2016

    Have also enjoyed as I am away from my group for the summer and hard to get some mahjongg games where I am. the bots are fine and I think it is at least a good way to practice the card! Liked your thoughts Arlene!

  2. daintydot  June 21, 2016

    I have also played MahJongg on this web site…playing with the bots is very fast and playing with the humans is VERY slow…I do think some of the players take a coffee break in between playing…It is OK to pass the time but does not take the place of playing with “friends”….where you can “chat” …. thanks for your information on this Web Site.

  3. mlpenn44  June 21, 2016

    Ok you have conquered my apprehension about playing online. Never tried it but happy there is an option when the usual suspects aren’t around for a friendly few hours of play.

  4. Carol  July 15, 2016

    Is playing online through this website available to Mac’s? I’ve tried navigating the site and it doesn’t work for me. Is it only available to PC users?

  5. Arlene  July 17, 2016

    Hi Carol,

    I’m not sure if the site is MAC compatible. There is a FAQ section on the site. You can also ask a question directly and he is good about answering.

    Arlene

  6. daintydot  October 27, 2016

    HI, I use a Mac when I play….although there are times when I get booted off…or the site just freezes up…could be my internet…but I still get on…
    daintydot

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