The Ticket to Ride Finnish Championships 2014 @ Turku

The fourth official Finnish Championships in Ticket To Ride were held on 13th of April at T-Talo Turku. There were 15 contestants in total and after three preliminary rounds of Ticket To Ride the results were as follows:

  Pelaaja 1. 2. 3.  
1. Sameli Valkama 4 4 4 12
2. Petri Savola 4 3 3 10
3. Lars Törn 1 4 4 9
4. Taneli Armanto 4 2 2 8
5. Mikko Raunio 3 3 1 7
6. Aki Seuranen 2 4 0 6
7. Maria Kivilaakso 3 0 3 6
8. Iraklis Grous 0 3 3 6
9. Matti Peltola 2 2 1 5
10. Mauri Sahlberg 2 1 2 5
11. Taika Sahlberg 0 1 4 5
12. Aleksi Siirtola 1 2 2 5
13. Alba Martin 3 1 0 4
14. Joona Palaste 0 1 1 2
15. Lumo Sahlberg 0 0 0 0

Ticket To Ride is a family game but the age difference between the youngest player Lumo and the adult players clearly shows in the results. The second under age player Taika managed a little better and was 11th. She made a come back on the third round of prelims but was still unable to make it to the semis and to the final this year. The reigning champion from the fourth championships in 2012 Tommi Lantta wasn’t present but unsurprisingly the two other finalist from 2012 Iraklis Grous and Maria Kivilahti managed to make it to the semifinal round.

The semifinals were played with Ticket To Ride Europe this year and the first semifinal table hosted Sameli Valkama, Lars Törn,  Iraklis Grous and Mikko Raunio.


From left to right: Sameli Valkama, Lars Törn, Iraklis Grous and Mikko Raunio. 1st semifinal table

Sameli won and Mikko was second. Iraklis managed to grab third place leaving Lars as fourth. The semifinal game was pretty even and uneventful as all of the players avoided risky and flashy moves.

The second semifinal table hosted Taneli Armanto, Petri Savola, Maria Kivilahti and Aki Seuranen.

2nd semifinal table

2nd semifinal table. From left to right: Maria Kivilahti, Aki Seuranen, Petri Savola and Taneli Armanto

This semifinal game was anything but even from the start. At the beginning of the game Taneli was left alone on the east  while a short and bloody battle for Iberia peninsula commenced at the other side of the board. The others advanced finally to the east but it was too late for them to catch up with Taneli who easily won the game. Petri was second.

The final game was played on Ticket To Ride Nederland. This was quite a new map for the most of the contestants, for example Petri’s first game on this map was played an hour before the tournament started. Despite the fact the players hadn’t had that much experience on the map in question the final was very even until the end.

The final table.

Final table. From left to right: Mikko Raunio, Taneli Armanto, Sameli Valkama and Petri Savola.

At the last round all of them still had chance to win the game. The discussion around the table was quite open concerning chances of Mikko, Petri and Taneli. All of the players knew that the deck contained two good tickets for Petri and Mikko and at least one good ticket for Taneli. Others also assumed/knew that there were good tickets for Sameli as well. The last round started with Petri taking tickets and failing to find either of the two he needed to win the game and earning him -10 points for incomplete ticket. All of the three others decided not to take tickets and the scores were counted. Petri’s failure with ticket cost him the third place and let Taneli to beat him for the third place. Mikko was second and Sameli won the game. The two topmost tickets on the deck would have given Mikko enough points to catch and pass Sameli provided that Sameli would not have taken tickets afterwards.

4th Petri Savola, 2nd Mikko Raunio, 1st Sameli Valkama and 3rd Taneli Armanto

4th Petri Savola, 2nd Mikko Raunio, 1st Sameli Valkama and 3rd Taneli Armanto

Sameli was also the best overall player in the tournament without losing a single game!  We have high hopes to have a Finnish World Champion in Paris at September. Congratulations for all finalist once more.

The organizer of the tournament wishes to thank game club Stoori for providing the premises and printer, Suomen Lautapeliseura for games and prizes used in the tournament, Days of Wonder and foremost for prizes and games for the tournament. Without our supporters the tournament would not have been possible.

Junacon V 12.-13.4 Turku

Junacon V tulla puksuttaa tuttuun lokaatioon Turussa, eli vanhat sijaintitiedot pitävät paikkansa. Valitettavasti nämä sivut  ovat nousseet höyryveturiin, joten menee vielä tovi ennen kuin ne ovat laiturilla. 

Junacon V, the 5th improved edition will be held at the familiiar location at Turku. The old location information is still accurate. Unfortunately these pages have taken the steam train and it will take a while for them to arrive.

Junacon IV is almost here!

The Finnish Board Game Association and Stoori Game Club proudly present the fourth JunaCon. This is the event for North European train game enthusiasts (Juna is Finnish for Train). You are very welcome to join us at T-House party room, located at Nummenmäki city district at the beautiful city of Turku. The address for the venue is Vanha Hämeentie 29. It can be easily reached from main Turku train-station by taking train towards Helskinki and disembarking the train at Kupittaa. You can also take bus number 2 from ”Kauppatori”.

The event starts at 2nd of March at 10:00am and ends on 3rd of March at 06:00pm. The ticket sales are open daily from 10.00am to 06:00pm but the games may continue later at evening. The tickets are 10€ for the whole weekend or 5€ if you are member of the Finnish Board Game Association (the membership fee is 5€ and can be paid on premises).

The entrance for T-house party-room is on the Karjakuja-street side, which also has some parking spaces.

The games are provided mainly by participants and you can take a peek what is offered, prebook a game or offer a game with ”Vimpeli”.

(Lisätietoja Suomeksi seuran foorumilta ja alasivulta)


JunaCon III concluded, and it was a blast!

Thank you to all that came from all over Finland to play and have fun, it was great having you here! Between String Railway, Steam and 18XX, there were dozens of games to choose from. Congratulations to Tommi Lantta, who triumphed in the Ticket to Ride tournament for the third straight time!

We hope to see you again next year during JunaCon IV, tentatively scheduled for February-March 2013.

JunaCon III Ticket to Ride tournament

Credit: Laurel

We will again this year attempt to run a tournament for the popular Days of Wonder game, Ticket to Ride.

Ticket to Ride has been the ”gateway game” for many around the world, has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, and is one of the most fun train-themed games around. Days of Wonder, the publisher organised a World Championship with preliminary rounds in many countries (although, sadly, not Finland), which culminated in the finals in Paris, with the winner receiving a set of 45 golden trains and a trip on the Orient-Express.

It was that event that inspired us to host the first tournament in JunaCon I, and we hope to repeat that this year. For more, please visit the TTR Tournament page.

JunaCon III details anounced

This year, we’re on a boat!

JunaCon III is going the non-traditional route, and will be held at S/S Bore, Turku’s newest and hottest venue for train boardgaming this year. We can now confirm that on the weekend of March 24-25 Turku will be filled with the happy cries of Age of Steamers, the witty banter of Ticket to Riders and the stoic thinking of 18XXers.

The Ticket to Ride tournament is happening again this year, in a much more quick (and unforgiving) knock-out format, as long as enough players sign up.

We’ll have more news as they happen, but feel free to comment or contact us with questions.

JunaCon II – Day 2

Day 2 of our little event has come and passed, closing it in a great way. There was the Ticket to Ride tournament, in which 16 people competed, with Tommi Lantta being the winner for the 2nd time in a row. Congratulations Tommi, and thank you to all who participated!!!

Today there was also some other Ticket to Ride games being played, including the new Alvin & Dexter expansion. On the heavier side of things, some more 18XX was played, in addition to a variety of other games, ranging from Von Kapf bis Kairo to On The Underground and more.

In all, 46 people attended JunaCon II, which was slightly more than JunaCon I. There was also a small monetary profit, which will be donated to the Suomen Lautapeliseura (the Finnish board game society). We hope everyone had a good time, and we would like to welcome you back again for JunaCon III, tentatively due to be held sometime in February-March 2012.

From the organisers, and the Stoori game club, a warm and sincere thank you!
Aleksi, Antti, Jari, Mikko, Teppo & Iraklis

P.S.: Many thanks also to Jukka for the event poster, Taneli for the math trade, Emmi & Jeremy for the breakfast buns and to all the people that took a shift at the front desk.