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By Tom Sloper
March 24, 2013

No. #559

American Mah Jongg (2012 NMJL card). Anticipation. The word evokes the memory of the great Carly Simon song.

Ah. Those were the days! Oh, wait. That's an entirely different song.

But I digress.

Of course, what I'm really on about here is the anticipation everyone is feeling for the new 2013 card from the National Mah Jongg League. And the anticipation some players will have when they run into a question about the new card... so they email me.

One little snag, though. I'm sure several questions will come in before I've even seen the new card. Especially since I'm out of town this week (it's the annual Game Developers Conference), and am unable to retrieve my mail. And I was a little late ordering the card, which also might factor into when I receive it.

So I anticipate that people will email me questions about the new card, but I won't be able to answer them because I haven't seen the card yet myself. If you were directed here by me, this hopefully explains why you have to wait until I get home and get the new card myself.

You'll just have to be patient. Okay?

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