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Subject: Are those mini, "travel-size" mahjong sets actually playable? rss

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Michael Duong
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I've been itching to get a set to learn the game and see if my gaming group even likes it, but will those just be annoying or what? Any particular set or supplier that you particularly like?

I suppose those mahjong "kards" are another cheap option, but building those walls and shuffling seems like half the fun! Haha.

Thanks.
 
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I picked up this one on Amazon for about twenty bucks. Yeah, it's playable -- but it's nothing as good as a full-sized version.

Still, it's way way cheaper than a full-sized version, so I'd recommend it. That way you at least can start playing the game and get an idea as to whether you would be interested in a larger set.
 
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I had one really tiny set, probably even smaller than what Remy has, and that wasn't really fun to play with. It was cute, but that's about it.

I'd go for cards. Building walls is fun, but also takes plenty of time for beginners, you'll get more play and less setup with the cards (and please just call them cards, "kards" is just silly).
 
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I've played with many sizes, and I'd say Remy's is the smallest practical size with which to play. It's still smaller than I find comfortable.

You can get much larger for a little more money, like this set: http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Chinese-Mahjong-Game-Set/...

I also picked up a few sets from Craigslist and got really good prices.
 
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Whizkid wrote:
I've played with many sizes, and I'd say Remy's is the smallest practical size with which to play. It's still smaller than I find comfortable.

You can get much larger for a little more money, like this set: http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Chinese-Mahjong-Game-Set/...

I also picked up a few sets from Craigslist and got really good prices.

Hmm. I completely missed that one.

But it would be another level of investment, as the shipping is not free.
 
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They actually sell on eBay too, and include shipping in their prices there... and it's a little cheaper too, oddly. You'd think they'd have to charge more than their own web site since eBay takes a cut.

There used to be a seller on ebay who had "with English menu" in his titles, but I didn't see any items like that today. He had really good prices for a cheap starter set.
 
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I had one really tiny set, probably even smaller than what Remy has, and that wasn't really fun to play with. It was cute, but that's about it.

I'd go for cards. Building walls is fun, but also takes plenty of time for beginners, you'll get more play and less setup with the cards (and please just call them cards, "kards" is just silly).


Bah. Mahjong with kards. Silly Wabbit!

It takes a beginner about 1 full game to 'get' how to build a wall efficiently. Playing with real Mahjong tiles also has a certain aesthetic value to it. The 'clicks' on the table, the shuffling between hands by everyone. It's not 'just' a game, its an experience.

Don't cheat it with kards. I've yet to see a mahjong tile set wear out from play. Kards will certain do that.
 
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travel size are almost unplayable and you mostly do not want to play mahjong while you are traveling.
 
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