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Old 04-13-2007, 05:04 AM   #61
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got any tips on tactics dc?

should you go for the top and bottom lines first? or is it better to concentrate on the pile? what to do when three tiles are open but the fourth is nowhere to be seen? etc etc.....

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Old 04-13-2007, 06:33 AM   #62
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I don't really think that hard about it. The best tactic I've found is something like this:

Opening: eliminate the four 'blockers' asap. Then shorten the top and bottom rows by at least removing the four 'corners'. Then shorten the middle pair of rows. These are the four longest rows, after all. But the top and bottom rows are useful as they're completely visible and so you can plan how to use them.

Mid-game: ignore the 'three-out-of-four' problem for as long as possible, play around it. Best tactic is to maintain the ratio of 'height of central pile' to 'width of base surface area'. Pair off blocks on top of the pile with blocks on the periphery.

End-game: if you have the choice, leave blocks which are just in a twosome and remove ones still in multiples. But there's no getting away from the fact that every so often you're left with the very last two blocks piled one on top of the other. Can't legislate for that.

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Old 04-13-2007, 07:28 AM   #63
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If you see a pair near the end of a line make sure you use the other two matching tiles to get rid of the pair one at a time otherwise you will have a 'dead' end, and have to eliminate the row from the other end to get rid of the pair. i.e. the top two X's should not be used together even if exposed first, unless you must.

..X...........
.........X...
..........
............
..........X.X.

(If you see a triple or quadruple, say .........X.XX, then you probably need to give priority to clearing that row (and any row on top of it) from the other end so you can access the inner X or you'll risk getting stuck later)

Similarly for the dreaded ..X..Y..X..Y... pattern, anywhere you can identify this either the other Xs or Ys must be kept in play to break this up when you have the chance, and not paired against each other.


I pretty much agree with dickie on the blockers as top priority - but I might be willing to keep one a little while for the reasons above.
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Old 04-13-2007, 08:08 AM   #64
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aha, glad to see that i am in tune with the masters.
i hate that three free/one unavailable situation though.
drives me nuts!

i only get about 1 clearance in 10 and have taken to the rather
cowardly tactic of choosing promising set-ups and rejecting those
that look tricky from the off

btw, does anyone know the correct terminology? surely they aren't called 'blockers' but something more esoteric like 'evil spirits' or something.

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Old 04-16-2007, 03:50 PM   #65
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Old 04-19-2007, 05:14 PM   #66
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oh no! they've changed it!

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Old 04-23-2007, 06:01 PM   #67
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Quote:
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oh no! they've changed it!

Eh? Looks exactly the same from here...
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Old 04-23-2007, 06:22 PM   #68
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Are you still playing the Polish one? I've moved on to the
Wrigley's version. It may lack the charm, but the pieces
are easier to identify.
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Old 04-23-2007, 06:23 PM   #69
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Polish, the original and best. And one day I WILL win that tea.
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:02 PM   #70
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Old 04-28-2007, 09:43 AM   #71
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i dunno. i got fed up with the incomprehensible pop ups
and found the pieces difficult to differentiate.

think i'll get a real set soon.

and i've stopped cheating now.

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Old 05-02-2007, 03:23 PM   #72
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WAAAAAAH!!! I can't access it!
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Old 05-02-2007, 07:48 PM   #73
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My son plugged his IPOD into the computer earlier this afternoon to recharge the battery and didn't let me know that he had. I couldn't access the Posti (Ya, I panicked just like a junky) and a few other sites. I also couldn't post any images or change the fonts, color. size.... in any of my posts here. Weird. I even tried restoring my computer to an earlier date - that didn't work either. That was was two hours of my life wasted on worrying about this stupid machine. Well, anyway, back to Posti!!! Because of my addictive behavior, I found another Mahjong site at: http://www.freegames.ws/games/boardg...ng/mahjong.htm

It's a little easier to solve but the graphics are interesting. Enjoy!!
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Old 05-03-2007, 02:08 AM   #74
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After the gong that sounds when a game is started, does anyone else have a habit of saying "get down, get down?"
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Old 05-03-2007, 02:20 AM   #75
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I have the sound off. The gong sound makes me hungry for chinese food.
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