I have produced three sets of Mah Jong cards using MS Publisher
2000 and a number of Windows fonts: a freely available Windows TrueType
font called Mah
Jong (134 Kb) and a commercial font called Canton.
Adobe Reader required
card downloads are in Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.3, which
(Acrobat) Reader 4.x or above to view and print.
Adobe Reader is FREE. Visit Adobe's
website for more information and to download it (c. 8 Mb).
There are now three designs available. All were updated on Friday 21
Full explanations and instructions on printing are included on the
first page of each file.
Best results are produced if printed using a colour laserjet or inkjet
printer printing onto card.
For more on creating PDF files see my PDF
on the quality and thickness of card you use to print these cards onto,
you might find that the image on the front of each Mah Jong card might
You may need to either (a) cover the back of the card with something
(sticky-backed plastic, another colour of card, etc.), or (b) print
another regular pattern on the rear of each sheet.
You may use the pattern provided on the Mah
Jong card backing sheet (2 KB).
Cards or kards
The American Mah Jongg
Association and the National Mah Jongg League each year produce
a new list of limit hands for their members. These lists are known
as 'cards', so in order to distinguish between these lists and
Mah Jong playing cards the latter are often referred to as 'kards'.
However, I am British and so refer to these 'kards'
as 'cards'. Confused? Don't be.