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Updated: July 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

  2013 Major Tournament Results

Ken Gutermuth ran away with the big prize at Railcon.  There were some cries of foul as the top four rounded out with Debbie Gutermuth, Jeff Jackson, and Trella Bromley, but we can assure you the scores were entered correctly.  Ken also won the PBT at Gen Con, and Ed Hewlett won at Origins.

We broke the attendance record we set in 2012.  For the first time, we had over 1000 participants total in those three major Puffing Billy tournaments.

Ticket to Ride National Championship

The TGA is 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 Cheryl Orosz, Michael Cheng, and Jeff Jackson who have already advanced from TGA-run qualifiers.  We will be running two qualifying tournaments for the North American Championship at Gen Con. See link to tournament rules below.  For additional information send an email to

  • Upcoming Puffing Billy Major Tournaments
         Gen Con Aug 14-17 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana
               Gen Con 2014 includes two Ticket to Ride National Championship Qualifiers

               Games begin Thursday at 8am for Origins and Gen Con.
                2014 tournament info is below, which generally applies to                     both Origins and Gen Con:

      Railcon  Aug 28 - Sept 1, 2014  NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
                   Denver, Colorado
               Short Line tournament Thursday evening
               Other games begin Friday morning at 9am
               Newly renovated hotel!

        Origins June 3-7 2015,  Columbus Ohio
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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