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The Last Spike

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Columbia Games
Columbia Games

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In the Last Spike 2-6 players 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 played.

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.

The 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 are the high Rockies where track building budgets soar.

Last Spike was first published in 1975. The new version of the game is more sophisticated and replayable than the original. While the scope of the game and the theme are similar, the key difference is that the revised edition does not use dice to determine what players can do. Instead players have more control of their options and make meaningful decisions each turn, increasing strategy.

The 1976 game was positioned as a family game; this 2015 edition is designed to appeal to strategy gamers, eurogamers, train gamers, and is still suitable for families.

The Last Spike will be shipped September 15th. Your purchase is guaranteed: you may return a game and get your money back if you're not satisfied.

48 wooden track markers
Deck of 45 Deeds, 5 each of 9 cities.
Game Money

Publisher Columbia Games

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