Mahjong and Strategic Games Society



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About Us


1. Promote cultural exchange in the form of Mahjong and other strategic games

2. Provide opportunities for all members to develop their strategic thinking skills through relaxing games

3. Encourage all members to engage in social events within Exeter and other universities


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This Discord channel is used for online sessions when in-person sessions are not allowed to held.



Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance. It is played by four players. In turn players draw and discard tiles until they complete a legal hand (to win).

...adapted from Wikipedia



We mainly focus on mahjong (Cantonese and Japanese style - but you can play your own style with your own groups). We also have Chinese chess and Chinese checker available. You can bring in your own game or suggestions too.

Beginners are always welcomed to any of our sessions. There are no separate sessions for beginners so just come to any of the regular sessions. We (you with the committee normally) will go through the game together step by step. When you feel you can play then you can move on to the 'normal' tables as everyone else.

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Summary of activities:

Weekly sessions were usually taking place Wed 2-6pm or Fri 6-9pm (alternating each week) in Forum seminar rooms during the 2019/20 academic year. There were 25 sessions held (and 2 scheduled but cancelled due to lockdown) in 2019/20 academic year.

Events were mainly online in 2020/21. In-person events resumed in May 2021.


Resources (Last updated 25 Aug 2020)

How to play mahjong (8/2020)

This is a complete guide on playing Cantonese and Japanese mahjong.

Quick basics to play mahjong (8/2020)

This is a condensed summary from chapter 1 of the above complete guide.

Youtube: How to Play Japanese Mahjong - A Comprehensive Walkthrough by HanaYoriUta

Youtube: Light Grunty

This channel consists useful short video for playing Japanese Mahjong (Riichi mahjong).

Riichi Mahjong Strategy Books by Daina Chiba

This is a more advanced book introducing the online Japanese mahjong platform 'Tenhou' and complex game strategy.

======Older resourses======

Beginners guide (9/2019)

Cantonese Intermediate guide (10/2019)


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