The Tiles

A Mah-Jongg set consists of 144 tiles. These are divided into seven groups, called sets. Furthermore, three of these sets are numeric, they are called suits. Following is a list of all sets:

Generally speaking, of every type of tile there exist four pieces. Only two tiles of the same type can be removed at once. E.g. a North Wind can only be removed with another North Wind (of course only if they both are free). As stated in the last chapter, the Flowers and the Seasons make up an exception to this rule. In these sets (the Flowers and the Seasons are two of the seven sets) every tile isn't available four times but only once. Therefore you can combine every tile of the Flowers or Seasons set with another tile of the same set, although they don't are the same. E.g. you can combine Winter und Autumn to form a pair.

But now back to the tiles.
ATTENTION: The following list is only valid for the Standard Tileset!

Characters

The Characters are the first numeric set (suit). Printed on these tiles is the Chinese symbol for 10.000 which symbolizes prosperity. As with all other suits the tiles are numbered from 1 to 9. The Chinese ciphers for 1 to 9 are printed in black above the red symbol of prosperity. For a better readabilty for people from the western world, the corresponding Arabic figures are drawn next to the Chinese ciphers.
There are four pieces of every Character.

Sticks

The second suit are the Sticks. Corresponding to their name, bamboo sticks are shown on them. The numerical value of the tiles is represented by the number of sticks on them. On the first tile the Sparrow is shown. The Sparrow is the traditional "spirit" of the Mah-Jongg game (in fact "Mah-Jongg" means "Sparrow").
There are four pieces of every Stick.

Balls

The Balls (sometimes known as Dots or Circles) are the last suit. Like the Sticks their numerical value is represented by the number of the balls shown on the according tile.
There are four pieces of every Ball.

Winds

These are the four Winds. From left to right: East, South, West and North. Shown on every tile is the Chinese symbol for the according wind. For a better readability the first letter of the wind is printed on the tiles using Latin characters.
There are four pieces of every Wind.

Dragons

The Dragons. From left to right: Green Dragon, White Dragon and Red Dragon. The Red Dragon is the logo of Dragonboard.
There are four pieces of every Dragon.

Flowers

Contrary to the above mentioned sets, the Flowers are only present once per tile. From left to right these are: The Orchid, the Plum Blossom, the Bamboo und the Chrysantheme. Printed on the tiles are the corresponding abbrevations for the Flowers. Every Flower can be removed from board with every other Flower.
There is only one piece of every Flower.

Seasons

The tiles of the Seasons only exist once - as is the case with the Flowers. From left to right: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Printed on the tiles are the corresponding abbrevations for the Seasons. Every Season can be removed from board with every other Season.
There is only one piece of every Season.

Ok, folks. That's all there is to say about basic rules and tiles. By now you should be able to play some rounds of Dragonboard and before moving on to the next page, we recommend you to do so! Maybe you can already win a game! The next page discloses some of the basic strategy rules. But if you never actually played a round of Dragonboard they won't help you much...

Ok. If you're fit enough for some strategy hints move on to the next page.