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Updated: January 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

  Major Tournament Results

Congratulations to Debbie Gutermuth for winning the Puffing Billy National Championship at Railcon.  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 next year!  Top five were Debbie, Ed, Jeff Jackson, Michael Cheng, and Trella Bromley.

Our major tournament participation was up again this year and we set another 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  Sept 3 - 7, 2015  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 soon

Other Upcoming TGA-Sanctioned Tournaments 
  • Genghis Con - February 12-15, 2015
    • Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast Aurora CO
    • Puffing Billy Tournament
  • Total Confusion - February 19-22, 2015
    • Holiday Inn Mansfield MA
    • Puffing Billy Tournament
  • Conclave of Gamers - April 16-19, 2015
    • DIA Crowne Plaza Denver CO
    • Puffing Billy Tournament, TTR, EBI, 18xx
  • Catan Con - April 24-26, 2015
    • Gaylord Opryland Resort Nashville TN
    • Settlers of America, Modified Puffing Billy Tournament
  • MidSumCon - July 25-28, 2015
    • Quality Inn Burr Ridge IL
    • Modified Puffing Billy Tournament
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