The coolest mahjong sets for Chinese New Year

How about a game of World of Warcraft or Chanel mahjong?

The coolest mahjong sets for Chinese New Year
The coolest mahjong sets for Chinese New Year
01 Feb 2017

The coolest mahjong sets for Chinese New Year

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Now that we've finally gotten the Chinese New Year visiting out of the way, it’s time to double your ang bao earnings in a game of mahjong with your aunties and uncles, while trying to segue from questions about when you’re getting married or having kids.

Instead of bringing out the old mahjong set, how about spending this Chinese New Year gambling away on these cool mahjong sets instead? 

World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft
01 Feb 2017

World of Warcraft

If you’re a regular player grinding on World of Warcraft (WoW) or just a Warcraft fan, then you’ll probably need this mahjong set. It’s a commemorative WoW-themed set that comes with a WoW placemat, chips and tiles, and special Hordes and Alliance dice, all packed into a neat wooden case. Make sure you have a wallet full of ang pow takings though, online stores such as Blizzard sell it for about US$250.

WoW: Mists of Pandaria
WoW: Mists of Pandaria
01 Feb 2017

WoW: Mists of Pandaria

That wasn’t the first mahjong set from Blizzard though. The first WoW-themed mahjong set was based on the Mists of Pandaria expansion, conceived by WoW’s China operator, NetEase.

This fully playable mahjong set includes Mists of Pandaria-themed chips, dice, tiles and a playmat that has the actual game map printed on it. The set, in its beautiful wooden maroon case are currently going for crazy prices on eBay.
 

Fashion branded sets
Fashion branded sets
01 Feb 2017

Fashion branded sets

If all the game-themed mahjong sets doesn’t tickle your tai-tai’s fancy (and it probably wouldn’t), then how about these produced by high-end fashion brands?

DKNY, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Maison Martin Margiela, and Cartier have all produced limited edition mahjong sets for their fashion-conscious shoppers, though getting one of these to your Chinese New Year table will certainly cost more than your day’s winnings - or five CNYs' worth. 

Diablo III
Diablo III
01 Feb 2017

Diablo III

Have an annoying aunty who reminds you of the Butcher? After traversing into the depths of the sanctuary, it’s time to pull out this special Diablo III Reaper of Souls themed set to play against her.

Just like the rest of the Blizzard-themed mahjong sets, this one also comes with Diablo-themed chips, dice, a playmat and special bonus handheld Black Soulstone artefact for you to conquer the mahjong table. 

Nintendo
Nintendo
01 Feb 2017

Nintendo

Before Nintendo made our childhood fun with Super Mario and Donkey Kong, it started off as a company producing playing cards, hanafuda and mahjong sets.

While early Nintendo mahjong sets are selling for a bomb online, back in 2013 the company decided to look to its roots and re-released its classic mahjong set. There are Nintendo-stamped chips, and it comes in a red box with the Nintendo logo on. 

Pokémon ponjan
Pokémon ponjan
01 Feb 2017

Pokémon ponjan

In Japan, there’s a basic version of mahjong for kids called ponjan. Unlike the actual game, it’s played with only three types of tiles: cars, boats and airplanes.

The Pokémon ponjan by Takara Tomy swaps this for Pokémon characters instead, with Pokémon chips shaped like Pokéballs. Or if Pokémon is not to your liking, there’s a Disney-themed version too. Just don’t say you’re buying it for your little cousins when you want to play it instead.

Automatic Mahjong
Automatic Mahjong
01 Feb 2017

Automatic Mahjong

You’ve probably seen this in a Hong Kong gambling movie, but wouldn't it be cool to impress your uncles and aunties with an automatic mahjong table? You simply push the tiles into the hole in the middle, and the table automatically shuffles and places the tiles out, completely arranged for you.

The only dilemma is the lack the unforgettable sound of shuffling tiles on a table but you’ll probably get more games in (and more winnings) instead.
 

Bonus: Facebook Mahjong
Bonus: Facebook Mahjong
01 Feb 2017

Bonus: Facebook Mahjong

We’re not talking about playing a digital mahjong game on Facebook, but rather an actual customised Facebook mahjong set found only in Facebook’s Singapore office.

When employees are done gambling their ang baos away, the tiles are kept in a huge Facebook box coloured in its familiar blue shade. We’d love to be invited over for a game too.

This story first appeared on Stuff.

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