Mah-Jong for Linux, Unix, MacOS and Windows
This is a set of three open-source (GPL) programs which provide a networked Mah Jong
program, together with a computer player. Thus the game can be
played by four humans, by a human and three computer
players, or any other combination. There is a server program,
which handles the game - only one game, since I'm not trying to
compete with Yahoo! and friends -, an X client to allow humans to
play naturally, and a computer player. The version of Mah Jong is
that generally called Chinese Classical. Of course, there are many
variants within this; I intend to accommodate most of the more
interesting variants via options, but this is future work. In the
longer term, I might also be interested in adding Hong Kong and
Japanese versions. I'm not interested in adding American versions,
though somebody else might be.
Books on Mah-Jong
The best book for use with this program is A. D. Millington's Complete
Book of Mah-Jong; this is now considered the standard
reference for the classical Chinese game, and my program uses
Millington's rules. It's now out of print, but second-hand copies are available from Amazon UK.
The single most important Web resource for mah-jong is Tom Sloper's Mah Jong FAQ site. Check there before anywhere else, for almost any question.
A recent UK-based site which contains a short (but accurate) summary of several aspects of mah-jong is at www.mahjongsets.co.uk. I'm not sure what the plans for the site are, but it looks worth keeping an eye on.
There's a bunch of screenshots in the directory
screenshots. Each is a gif of about
Do you enjoy using this program? Would you like to help me improve
my Mah-Jong book collection, buy me a virtual drink, or whatever?
You can make a donation via PayPal. The amount is up to you; if you
want a suggested figure, how about fifteen euros/dollars?