What is The Last Spike?

Building the great railways of America involved land speculation and engineering. In this game, players cooperate to build a continuous railway from St. Louis to Sacramento. Each player also competes to accumulate the most money from land speculation before the last spike is laid.

A Touch of History

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.

Deep strategies lie beneath the surface!

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.

The Last Spike is a game that is quick to learn and is great fun for both kids and adults. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is simplistic, however. The more you play, the more you will realize that more skills are required to win consistently such as;

  • player observation
  • mathematical speculation
  • negotiating skills
  • cooperation skills

Winner of the Mensa Select Award

Every year, Mensa: The High IQ society, chooses an elite handful of games they believe challenge the intellect and are fun at the same. Popular games such as Dominion, Clank!, and Magic: The Gathering have won this award. We are proud to say that, in 2016, The Last Spike is listed side by side next to these great games as a Mensa Select Winner!

Now comes with Teacher and Parent Guide!

Used in the Classroom or the Classroom at Home!

  • The Teacher and Parent Guide that comes FREE with The Last Spike (a $19.99 value) is developed by Jennifer Deshaies (M.i.T, N.B.C.T).
  • Includes 6 – 75 minute activities with extended learning and essay options.
  • Can be used to meet 7 standards of the NCSS Curriculum Standards for Social Studies:

Standard II, Time, Continuity, & Change
Standard III, People, Places, & Environments
Standard IV, Individual Development & Identity
Standard VI, Power, Authority, & Governance
Standard VII, Production, Distribution, & Consumption
Standard VIII, Science, Technology, & Society
Standard IX, Global Connections

This curriculum can be used to meet the following Washington State Classroom Based Assessments:
Middle School: Geography: People on the Move
High School: History: Technology through the Ages

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