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Print your own cards

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

button-getacrobat.gif - 2kbAll card downloads are in Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.3, which requires Adobe (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).

Download

There are now three designs available. All were updated on Friday 21 March 2003.

Original v.1.4
58mm x 87mm

  • 144 cards (including seasons, flowers and 8 jokers)
  • Uses the free Mahjong.ttf font

Open PDF file - Cards Standard77 KB
6 pages on A4

Open PDF file - Cards Standard

Narrow v.2.4
26mm x 83mm

  • 144 cards (including seasons, flowers and 8 jokers)
  • Uses the free Mahjong.ttf font

Open PDF file - Cards Narrow126 KB
4 pages on A4

Open PDF file - Cards Narrow Open PDF file - Cards Narrow

Canton v.3.0
58mm x 87mm

  • 144 cards (including seasons, flowers and 8 jokers)
  • Uses the commerical Canton and Canton 3D Shaded fonts

Open PDF file - Cards Narrow119 KB
6 pages on A4


Card Backing (optional)

  • Suitable for all A4 cards
  • Produces a cross-pattern to prevent images showing through (and giving away your hand!)

Open PDF file - Cards Backing2 KB
1 page on A4

Open PDF file - Cards Backing

 

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Printing Instructions

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 page.

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Card Backing

Depending 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 show through.

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).

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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.

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