Puffing Billy



The Puffing Billy® tournament continues at EuroQuest

Conductor: Pierre LeBoeuf

Tournament Start time: Thursday, 10  AM
Tournament End time:  Sat 11:30 PM

The Puffing Billy tournament format is owned by the Train Gamers Association and has a structure similar to the EQ Wild Card tournament.


This year the conductor has specified slots for each category. Meet at the Puffing Billy table at the specified time to be matched up with others who want to play games in the same category.

Any of these games can be played as pickup games outside of their scheduled time as well.  All pick-up games must be approved beforehand by a TGA Conductor to be counted in the tournament. Stop by the table or the Front Desk to pick up a score sheet.

This document contains the starting times:

Puffing Billy Start times (MS Word doc)

Game Availability

It is strongly suggested that you bring your own copy of a game to ensure that you can play it. There are some games available from the GCOM library at the convention, and the conductor will also bring some.  If more people show up to play a game for the time slot than there are games to accommodate everyone, the people that brought the game will have first priority and the remaining players will be determined by lot.


The top finisher in the overall tournament will receive a trophy.

Overall Puffing Billy Tournament Rules

All games are to be played according to the latest published game rules version, with TGA exceptions.  Call the Conductor if there are any questions.  Variants may be played with Conductor approval if all players approve.  Conductor rulings are final.

Scoresheet completion instructions

Take the correct scoresheet corresponding to the game category you are playing.  At the start of the game, fill in the day, start time, game played, the player name and badge number.  After completion, fill out the ending time, place results, and score for each player.  Each player is responsible for completing the scoresheet and turning it in to the scoring table.  See the conductor if there are any questions.

Puffing Billy scoring

For the purposes of scoring in the Puffing Billy tournament, a player’s best score in each of the four categories will be used to determine their overall Puffing Billy score.  Only games of 3 or more players will count towards Puffing Billy scores, and a player must finish at least 4th in a game to have that score count towards their Puffing Billy total.

1st place = 3 pts + bonus; 2nd place = 2 pts + bonus; 3rd place = 1 pt + bonus;
4th, 5th, and 6th place = bonus only

Bonus calculations: (maximum bonus is 0.05)
1st place bonus (4 or more players) = 0.1*((1.5-2nd bonus – 3rd bonus – 4th bonus)/3)
1st place bonus (3 player games) = 0.1*((1.0-2nd bonus – 3rd bonus)/3)
2nd place bonus = 0.1*((2nd place score/1st place score)*0.5)
3rd place bonus = 0.1*((3rd place score/1st place score)*0.5)
4th place bonus = 0.1*((4th place score/1st place score)*0.5)
5th place bonus = 0.1*((5th place score/1st place score)*0.5)
6th place bonus = 0.1*((6th place score/1st place score)*0.5)

A finals bonus of 10% of the Puffing Billy score from the 18xx finals game will be added to a player’s best score from any 18xx game.

18xx mini tournament

For the separate 18xx tournament only games played during the four indicated time intervals can be used to qualify for the final on Saturday evening. Meet at the Puffing Billy table at the specified time to be matched up for games.

Thurs 12 noon – 6pm, 6pm – midnight
Fri 6pm – midnight
Sat 12 noon – 6 pm
Final Sat 6pm – midnight

Scoring for the 18xx tournament

The top 4 scores in the three 18xx heats will advance to the final on Saturday night.  Scoring will use the Puffing Billy system, which emphasizes not only winning, but margin of victory.  Only the best score for each player will count towards placement in the final, number of wins or number of heats entered will not.