Rule variations

Special tiles – Flowers and Seasons

In the popular (and earliest classical) versions of Mah Jong the standard set of 136 tiles is often extended by 8 extra tiles – 4 Flowers and 4 Seasons (sometimes only the flower tiles are used) – which make the element of luck more prominent in the game. The Flowers and Seasons are not used in sets. They are put aside and replaced with a regular tile immediately after being received from the Wall.

To include Flowers and Seasons in the game:
  1. Choose Preferences on the File menu.
  2. From the Rule Presets list, choose a customized rule preset.
  3. Choose General under the Rules section of the category tree.
  4. Check the Flowers and Seasons box.
  5. From the drop-down list beside the check box, choose number of extra tiles to be used in the game. The value of 4 excludes the Season tiles from the game.
  6. Specify whether the extra tiles are displayed face up or face down when placed on the game board by checking or clearing the Display face up box. Normally the extra tiles are displayed face up.
  7. Use the Supplements from Wall option to specify whether the supplement tiles for Flowers and Seasons are taken from the Wall (instead of Dead Wall). In earliest versions of Mah Jong supplement tiles were taken from the Wall.

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