|OVERVIEW: Tile Classification ⇒ minor tiles ⇒ major tiles ⇒ Honour tiles ⇒ Bonus tiles|
The tiles can be classified into four types; minor tiles, major tiles, honour tiles and bonus tiles.
These types bestow differing scoring capabilities.
These are the suit tiles numbered 2 to 8. They are the least valuable of the tiles.
These are the suit tiles numbered 1 and 9. A set of major tiles scores twice the points of an equivalent set of minor tiles.
Honour tiles are the Dragons and Winds. They are also major tiles, but are more valuable again as sets of these are able to double your score. A set of Dragons always doubles your score. A set of Wind tiles – if your own – will double your score. A set of East Winds (as the prevailing Wind) will double your score unconditionally and is especially valuable to the player who is East Wind as it gives him two doubles.
The Winds – East, South, West and North – are associated with the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 shown on the Flower and Season tiles.
These are the Flowers and Seasons. They give bonus points as well being capable of doubling your score when you have one which is associated with your Wind. A complete set of Flowers or Seasons (known as a bouquet) also doubles your score.
The acquisition of bonus tiles is down to pure luck.