Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by KissinBlueKaren.com which gives bloggers topics (mostly non-bookish) to discuss about. This is a fun way of learning more about each other. Check out her blog for the schedule of topics.
This week’s topic is:
As a kid I loved board games like The Game of Life, Monopoly, Sorry and Backgammon. One of my favorite games is Mahjong, a game that originated in China. In case you never heard of Mahjong here is a description:
The game is played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols, although some regional variations use a different number of tiles. In most variations, each player begins by receiving 13 tiles. In turn players draw and discard tiles until they complete a legal hand using the 14th drawn tile to form four groups (melds) and a pair (head). Similar to the Western card game rummy, mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance.
I learned how to play from my Mom. My Mom and her friends had weekly game nights where they played Mahjong and poker. They are serious Mahjong players. They have multiple sets of Mahjong tiles and special Mahjong tables that have a framed edge on top of the table. This edge is so they can easily create the walls of the tiles and then move them to the center of the table. This is a fun game but what I love most about it is the memories of playing with my Mom and her friends.
Now it is your turn. Do you have a favorite game?