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.
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.
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.
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.
A more detailed report will be posted later, but for now we can say that the first day of JunaCon II was a great success! Many people attended, as many as in both days of JunaCon I. Thus, we expect tomorrow to surpass last year’s total, and have another great day of gaming.
Among the day’s events were several 18XX games being played, an Age of Steam tournament, and a lot of fun moments experienced with all sorts of games. Also played were many different Ticket to Ride games, Freight Train, On the Underground, Railroad Tycoon, Station Manager, RailRoad and more.
Thank you to all our visitors and sponsors, and we will see you again tomorrow!
So, only 3 days to go for JunaCon II, so start planning your visit, if you haven’t already. Also, the site is now also in Finnish!
Mayday Games is providing us with the 1st place prize for the Ticket to Ride tournament, a Premium Wooden Train Token Set. It is 450 wooden trains in 9 colours that are the same size as Ticket to Ride plastic trains. They come in 5 different types, which certainly adds to the enjoyment of the game.
The company is based in Utah, USA, and deals in board game bits, card sleeves, crokinole boards as well as board games. They are famous for sleeves that fit 7 Wonders, premium wooden toys and animeeples for Agricola.
We thank Mayday for their generosity and quality bits!