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Updated: August 2014

The ongoing purpose of the Train Gamers Association (TGA) is to facilitate and promote the play of train games.  We sanction and run Puffing Billy Tournaments at large and small conventions throughout the year.  Our National Championship is held at Railcon each year over Labor Day weekend in Denver CO, and our other two major conventions each year are held at Origins and Gen Con.

 <<< Ken Gutermuth,
        Reigning National Champion

  Major Tournament Results

Ken Gutermuth ran away with the big prize at Railcon 2013.  Everyone except him is hoping for a different face on this page soon, as Railcon 2014 is right around the corner.

Origins and Gen Con are in the books for this year.  Our participation is up again this year and we expect to set another major tournament attendance record, surpassing last year.

Trella Bromley won Puffing Blly at Origins, and Michael Cheng took home the Challenger plaque.  We had a particularly exciting result at Gen Con: for the first time the same player won both the Challenger and Puffing Billy plaques.  Congratulations to Mark Liberman for pulling that off, and making it a trifecta by also winning the Iron Man competition.

Ticket to Ride National Championship

The TGA was pleased to be part of the Ticket to Ride World Championship, sponsored by Days of Wonder to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the popular train game. Congratulations to TGA members Cheryl Orosz, Michael Cheng, Jeff Jackson, Trella Bromley, David Belew, and Phil Cottrell who were among the 24 finalists in the North American Championship.  None of them won the trip to Paris but the TGA was well represented in the competition and we are proud of their efforts.

  • Upcoming Puffing Billy Major Tournaments
      Railcon  Aug 28 - Sept 1, 2014  NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
                   Denver, Colorado
               Short Line tournament Thursday evening 6pm - midnight
               Railcon offically begin Friday morning at 9am
               Newly renovated hotel!

        Origins June 3-7 2015,  Columbus Ohio

        Gen Con July 30 - Aug 2 2015, Indianapolis, Indiana

                2014 tournament info is below for reference:
                2015 information will be available as the dates get closer

Other Upcoming TGA-Sanctioned Tournaments 
  • Conclave of Gamers -  July 25-27, 2014
    • DIA Crown Plaza, Denver, CO (
    • Puffing Billy Tournament
    • Empire Builder, Ticket to Ride & 18XX
    • Teaching & Demonstration Events
  • World Boardgaming Championships - Aug 2-4, 2014
  • MidSumCon - August 9-12, 2014
    • Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows Schaumburg, IL
    • Modified Puffing Billy and Iron Man tournaments
  • UCON - Nov 14-16, 2014
    • Marriott Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, MI
    • Puffing Billy Tournament
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