Närcon 2012 is now over, and it really exceeded our expectations. We’re proud to exaggerate when we say that we’ve managed to increase the number of riichi mahjong players in sweden with 100%!
At least that is how it felt for us who arranged the drop-in riichi-mahjong exhibit. All kinds of people showed up; People with no previous experience, people with lots of online mahjong history, people who knew chineese mahjong. No matter who they where, everyone where eager to play with us, and we had so much fun to do that we were hard-pressed to find time to eat, which is awesome!
We also arranged a small tournament during the saturday, where no less than 17 people competed to get the best scores. We arranged it so that everyone gets to play some different opponents, and after 4 hands or about 35 minutes the participants switch table and opponents. After repeating this a few times (When the concentration of most participants was all but gone) we let the top 4 players meet in a final confrontation!
All in all it wasn’t very well arranged by us, but we’ve learned a lot and feel confident that we can to better next year!
Here is a list of the tournament participants sorted by score, with most points at the top.
Aaand some pictures of the tournament