Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Akagi Chapter 136 & End-of-Session Calculating

Ba-da-bing! Another Akagi is up and ready for consumption! In this chapter, the whitesuits cannot remain silent any more, and explain to Washizu how bad of a situation he is in...!

Thanks to Biggums for the excellent cleaning job. Kazuhiko is busy with real-life stuff, so I'm taking over the typesetting temporarily. Also, watch out for some new MKaiji chapters here, soon... we've got a new translator and some new staff members to help finish off the volume. :O

"Those two carts of money you were talking about are on the verge of being whittled away!"

This chapter was pretty challenging with all of the handwriting and equations and stuff, but I enjoyed doing it nevertheless. I'll have a guide about how to calculate the stuff at the end of the session below the cut in this post, so skip to that if you didn't get what was going on this chapter. But essentially, Washizu is now only 29.5 Million away from losing the game, set, and match on the spot. That's one Mangan direct hit. But what's cool about Washizu is that he refuses to be dominated even then and says that it would be disgraceful to back down. Something else interesting is that this is the first time that the White Suits have taken Washizu aside within the match itself; they didn't do it when Washizu refused to have Suzuki deal into his counted Yakuman back in the 3rd Session, but now that it's come to this, they can't sit idly by and let their Washizu-Sama lose all of his money. I'd be interested to find out how much of this is actually admiration for Washizu and how much of it is fear for losing their jobs, since without any money, Washizu won't be able to pay them for their services. Yoshioka, at least, seems to genuinely admire Washizu, but I'm not too sure about the one who did all the explaining this chapter... he seems more indifferent.

END-OF-SESSION CALCULATIONS


Okay, so normally with Akagi I tend to explain things in little tidbits in the margins since most people reading this should be familiar with Mahjong. However, I feel as though these calculations need to have a page dedicated to them since most people are probably not familiar with it, especially since some online games like Tenhou don't use it at all. But it's very important to understanding how Washizu Mahjong works, and what happens at the end of each session.

So, for a brief introduction, the end-of-session calculations are mostly to make things easier to write down and keep track of if there is a match lasting for multiple Hanchan sessions. Most people who play in real-life Mahjong Parlors are familiar with this, as the point totals equate directly to how much money is bet and won in that setting. Likewise, in Washizu Mahjong, it directly determines how much money or blood is lost, but instead of looking solely at the point totals like in Mahjong Parlors, they instead look at the point difference between Akagi and Washizu.

Now, the calculations in themselves are very logical and sensible if you know what they are, but it's quite confusing when they use the same word "points" to refer to the end-of-session points as they do for the in-game points.

The first step of the calculations is to subtract 30,000 points from all players' ending scores. This is to give an accurate measure of what was gained or lost over the course of the game (since the game is zero-sum) by removing the 25,000 points that everyone started with. 5,000 more points are taken from each player in order to account for the Oka Bonus in the next step, which would otherwise make the game have a positive total number of ending points. For example:

1st: 55,300 -> 25,300
2nd: 26,500 -> -3,500
3rd: 19,500 -> -10,500
4th: -1,300 -> -31,300
Total Pts: 100,000 -> -20,000

The next step of the calculations is to adjust the ending scores based on everyone's place, by using the "Uma Bonus" and the "Oka Bonus". The Uma bonus awards points to the players in first and second place, while equally penalizing the players in third and fourth place. 1st Place is awarded 30,000 points, 2nd gets 10,000, 3rd loses 10,000, and 4th loses 30,000. Therefore, the total number of points overall does not change. Continuing the example:

1st: 25,300 -> 55,300
2nd: -3,500 -> 6,500
3rd: -10,500 -> -20,500
4th: -31,300 -> -61,300
Total Pts: -20,000 -> -20,000

Second, the Oka Bonus is very simply an additional bonus to the person in 1st, who is considered to have "won" that Session. It is for this reason that Akagi's decision to continue adding Honba even though he was in first at the end of the session is so unbelievable; being in first gives you a tremendous point lead just by virtue of it being first. As an example of the Oka Bonus:

1st: 55,300 -> 75,300
2nd: 6,500 -> 6,500
3rd: -20,500 -> -20,500
4th: -61,300 -> -61,300
Total Pts: -20,000 -> 0

The final step of the calculations is to remove the ones, tens, and hundreds place of the in-game points to leave you with a very easy 1, 2, or 3-digit number. For example, if we have a person with 25,000 points at the end of a session, that person's end-of-session score would be +25, removing the three places after the comma. It is possible, and in fact quite likely, to have a score with a number other than Zero in the hundred's place, such as 25,300. In such cases, you must round to the nearest Thousand. Thus, the final score for our example would be:

1st: 75,300 -> +75
2nd: 6,500 -> +7
3rd: -20,500 -> -21
4th: -61,300 -> -61

In regular mahjong, this would be what is recorded onto the score sheet. At the end of the match, the scores, in this format, would be added together for each player to decide the true winner and how much each player would need to pay or recieve. In Washizu Mahjong, this is not what decides the victor, but rather decides how much money or blood is taken away from the player with the lower score for the session between Akagi and Washizu. This is done by taking the difference between the final points for the session, with every point equating to 1 Million Yen or 100 ccs. If, in the example above, Akagi was in 1st and Washizu was in 4th, that difference would be 136 points, translating to 136 Million Yen that Washizu would lose.

3 comments:

  1. I always wondered how they scored it. Thanks for the release and info!

    Looking forward to seeing those MKaiji chapters :D

    penguin71

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