June 13, 2007
Jenn's Corner #13
Another pictureless, but not an imageless column.
First, updates, since that is my job
Ron2 translation is finished, waiting for administration to get the thing into action. I know everyone is excited and waiting for it, so I’m really trying to push them as hard as I can, but they’re tough!
Next, website. I have been working really hard on the Hand List. Keep in mind that while the list IS complete, the images are NOT complete. I am updating the images on the road, so until I am finished (by the weekend I hope), some images will be incorrect. As it stands now, the images for the 1 HP hands are all correct. I will work on the 2 HP hands today and tomorrow and hopefully finish up the rest this weekend.
There is a new international online Reach Mahjong community! There has always been a forum on our website (here), but it is rarely used. I would like to encourage everyone to join in the discussions at Yakitori Online!
It is well organized and nice to look at. I hope it will become bustling with activity very soon! Looks like we are making more and more Reach friends all over the world.
OK, now on to even more fun stuff. I am writing this from Hong Kong and tomorrow I will be moving on to Macau for the first World Series of Mahjong tournament at the Wynn.
Tomorrow I will be practicing the rules and from the 15th-17th I will be watching this $5,000 (USD) buy-in event. The prize purse is promised to be $1,000,000 with $500,000 for first place. While this is not a Reach event, the rules hold many similarities to Reach. There are about the same amount of hands, but the scoring system is closer to the Chinese Official rules. I will have some Reach friends working both in the administrative department and also competing in the event. Look forward to a full report next week after the event!
I will probably write that in London when I stopover for one night on my way to the Open European Mahjong Championship in Copenhagen! That’s right, once again, a Reach-less event, but still very exciting because it looks like anyone who is anyone in Mahjong in Europe will be attending along with representatives from countries all over the world! I’m so excited I can hardly keep from typing in CAPS! This will also be my first time to Europe, so I am excited about that as well.
After these events are finished (and I do hope that some of my friends in these places will be up for some private Reach games as well!), I will be going to Italy, visiting Florence and hopefully some other areas to relax a bit before I’m back to Tokyo playing Mahjong everyday! Don’t worry, I’m practicing on the road too with Ron2 and I promise to keep the site updated. I made sure to stay almost exclusively in hotels with good internet access.
Vegas, Hong Kong, Europe, I’m starting to sound like a nomad… But I guess Mahjong journeys could never be a bad thing...
If any of you are in Hong Kong, the UK, Denmark or Italy, please e-mail me. I would love to meet and talk about Reach, Mahjong, the world, etc.!