THE LAST SPIKE
A game by Tom Dalgliesh
Players must cooperate to build a continuous railway from St. Louis to Sacramento. Different routes are possible and some towns never get a railway link. Each player competes to accumulate the most money from land speculation before the “last spike” is laid.
PLAYERS: 2–6 players, Ages 10+
PLAY TIME: 45–60 minutes.
SYNOPSIS: The game is fast paced. You must act quickly to grab the best land, but you also need to give your competitors a helping hand now and then so the railway gets built where you want it to go. Quick to learn, the game is great fun for both kids and adults.
GAMEBOARD depicts the USA from St Louis west to Sacramento. Routes for the railway may include Omaha, Dodge City, Denver, El Paso, Laramie, Yuma, and Ogden. The eastern part is relatively flat, but there are some wide rivers to cross. West of Denver is the high Rockies where track building budgets soar.
RAILWAY TRACK: 48 railway tiles, each with a unique space on the map. Players have four tiles to start, playing one and drawing one each turn. Playing a railway tile is required each turn and they have a variable cost. Trestles and tunnels cost the most.
PROPERTY DEED CARDS: The railway may pass through nine towns on the map, each with five property deeds. Players receive a free deed for building the first track on a route between two towns. The other four deeds cost increasing amounts; the early bird gets the best deal. When two towns are connected by railway tiles, all property owners of these towns get paid.
The Kickstarter edition
- Deluxe Mounted Map
- Color Rules. Download PDF here.
- Deck of 45 full color cards
- 48 wood tiles (railway track)
- Deluxe Currency Chips
Pictures of the Last Spike in recent playtests.
Risks and challenges
We've been making games for over 40 years, but we need your help to make the Last Spike a reality. This is not the type of game we normally publish, but it's a gem you and your friends will play again and again. The game is actually based on an old game we published in Canada in 1975, updated with changes for faster and skillful (no dice) play. If the Last Spike is funded the release date of September 2015 is firm.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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