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Updated: June 2015

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.

 <<< Debbie Gutermuth,
        Reigning National Champion

  Railcon National Championship 2014

Congratulations to Debbie Gutermuth for winning the Puffing Billy National Championship at Railcon 2014.  As it often does, it came down to the Eurorails final Monday monrning, with any of the four players at the head table having a chance to win the big prize.  Ed Hewlett won the game, but Debbie did not cooperate by finishing last, so she is the official target for the 2015!  Top five were Debbie, Ed, Jeff Jackson, Michael Cheng, and Trella Bromley.

 Origins Results 2015

Michael Cheng won Puffing Blly at Origins, with one of the highest scores ever recorded and a huge margin of victory.  Charles Hooks won the Iron man competition.  Janet Bromley took home the Challenger plaque and became the youngest person ever to win one of our weekend-long tournaments.  Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to everyone who participated.    

  2015 Puffing Billy Major Tournaments

        Origins June 3-7 2015,  Columbus Ohio

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

                2015 tournament info for both:
                2015 tournament management info:
            Railcon  Sept 3 - 7, 2015  NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
                   Denver, Colorado
               Short Line tournament Thursday evening 6pm - midnight
               Railcon begins Friday at 9am and runs until Monday PM                      (one day longer than the host convention Tacticon)
               Newly renovated hotel!  $79 rooms!
  Free Airport Shuttle!
                        - Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast
               Register directly for Tacticon at

Other Upcoming TGA-Sanctioned Tournaments 
  • MidSumCon - July 25-28, 2015
    • Quality Inn Burr Ridge IL
    • Modified Puffing Billy Tournament
  • World Boardgaming Championships August 2-4, 2015
    • Lancaster Host Lancaster PA
    • 18xx Tournament
  • U Con - November, 2015
    • MI
    • Puffing Billy Tournament
  • Chattanooga Rail Game Challenge, January 2016
    • Chattanooga TN
    • Puffing Billy Tournament
  • Total Con - February 2016
    • MA
    • Puffing Billy Tournament
  • Catan Con presented by Mayfair - April, 2016
    • Gaylord Opryland Resort Nashville TN
    • Settlers of America, Modified Puffing Billy Tournament
General TGA Information

Ticket to Ride World Championship 2014

The TGA was pleased to be part of last year's 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.