|The Last Spike by Columbia Games
|In the Last Spike, 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 also 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.
The Last Spike was first published in 1976 as a family game; the 2015 edition has been re-designed to appeal to
strategy gamers, eurogamers, train gamers, and is still suitable for families.
Click here for a pdf of the rules.
"Where the West Begins"
Here's what comes in the boxset you'll receive at Texicon for hosting this event.
You will be required to run the game twice during the convention.
You will receive 1.5 hours of credit for each time you host the game, instead of the normal 1 hour credit. You may host the game up to three
times during the convention at a maximum of once per day, including Thursday evening.