Miscellaneous Dead Wall
Four Winds lets you specify the way the Dead Wall is used in the game.
To specify the Dead Wall:
- Choose Preferences on the File menu.
- From the Rule Presets list, choose a customized rule preset.
- Choose General under the Rules section of the category
- From the Dead Wall drop-down list, choose one of the following options:
None. The Dead Wall is not used, and accordingly all 136 tiles (or more,
if extra tiles are used) are available for play. The supplement tiles are simply taken
from the other end of the Wall and the deal ends after there are no tiles
left to play. This option is used in the modern American and Australian versions of Mah Jong, but sometimes also in the Asian
Replenishing. As the deal starts, 14 tiles to the right of the breaking
point of the Wall are
traditionally separated as the Dead Wall. The supplement tiles taken from the Dead Wall are
replaced from the Wall so that the number of tiles in the Dead Wall always stays 14. After
the last tile is picked from the Wall, the deal ends, i.e., the 14 tiles of the Dead Wall
are never used. This option is used by most rules, and the number of tiles
is usually 14, but it can be changed to anything between 2 and 40.
Exhaustible. As the deal starts the specified number of tiles to the
right of the breaking point of the Wall are separated as the Dead Wall. You can
specify the number of tiles to be used in the Dead Wall with even numbers from 2 to 40.
The supplement tiles taken from the Dead Wall are not
replaced from the Wall so the number of tiles in the Dead Wall decreases. The deal
ends either after the last tile is picked from the Wall, or the last supplement tile is
taken from the Dead Wall, and it is not used as the winning tile. This option is used
e.g. in the Italian Official rules and Chinese Classical
rules, the previous uses 20 tiles (with Flowers and Seasons), the latter 16
tiles (and in classical rules supplement tiles for Flowers and Seasons are picked
from the open end of the Wall, rather than from the Dead Wall).
Note: Certain rule options require a specific Dead Wall option, e.g.,
if Dora tiles are used,
Replenishing is automatically selected as the Dead Wall option
and the number of tiles must be at least 14.
Using five sets
Number of rounds
Round wind sequence
Specifying how discards are placed on board
Using extended discard information
Pass deal after East's win