FAQ

 

WHO ARE WE?

We are a group of like-minded individuals in the Greater Cincinnati Area that have a love and appreciation for all things Riichi Mahjong. We have regular meetings for games, and are always willing to teach individuals that are new to the game.

WHAT IS RIICHI?

Riichi is the Japanese variant of a Chinese tile-based game that has been around for many years. It is, primarily, a four-player game (there are variations that allow for three-player (sanma) or two-player games), where each player has a "hand" of tiles, from four different "suits," and attempts to make melds in accordance with a predetermined list of acceptable combinations. The players will exchange point sticks (tembo) among each other as hands are won, lost, or drawn, for one or two rounds of play (known as a tonpuusen or hanchan, respectively), at the end of which, whosoever has the most points is the winner.

HOW DOES ONE LEARN RIICHI?

Come to one of our meetings, and we would be more than happy to teach you the ins and outs of the game. We currently meet weekly, on Thursdays, alternating between Woodburn Games in Cincinnati, OH (http://woodburngames.com/), and Play it Today Games in Ft Wright, KY (http://www.playittodaygames.com/).

Alternatively, if you would feel more comfortable learning on your own, we recommend obtaining a free copy of Daina Chiba's "Riichi Book 1," which can be accessed at https://dainachiba.github.io/RiichiBooks/.

Or download the Kemono Mahjong app in the Google Play Store or Apple Store, for a nominal $4.99

DON'T SEE YOUR QUESTION HERE?

Feel free to ask. You can contact us through greatercincyriichi@gmail.com, reach out through our forum if you're a site member, or come on down to one of our meetups and we'd all be more than happy to help.

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