Q) If a player discovers during the game that he/she has only 11 or 12 tiles, can he/she take one or two from the remaining wall tiles or is her hand “dead”?
A) If you are short tiles at any time during the game, you are dead. You should NEVER call yourself dead. Keep on playing until someone else calls you dead. When you discover you don’t have enough tiles to make Mah Jongg then just start playing defensively to the end of the game. Don’t openly admit you goofed up somewhere during the game…just keep quiet.