In The Last Spike, a new game from Tom Dalgliesh of Columbia Games, players cooperate to build a continuous railroad from St. Louis to Sacramento while competing to accumulate the most money from land speculation. The game is actually based on a game they published in Canada in 1975, with updates for faster and more skillful play.
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 game consists of the railway track and property deeds. Each player has railway tiles that correspond to a unique space on the map. Each turn, players must play a tile by paying its cost. There are nine towns on the map that the railway can pass through, each with five property deeds. When a player builds the first track on a route between two towns, he receives a free deed (the other deeds cost money). When two towns are connected by a railway, all property owners get paid. Once St. Louis and Sacramento are connected, the game ends and whoever has the most cash wins!
The game, scheduled to release in September 2015, will ship anywhere in the world, and it is EU friendly – there will be no extra customs charges for shipping in the EU.
If you’re interested in this fast-paced railway game, check out the Kickstarter for The Last Spike.
Trambahn (from designer Helmut Ohley and publisher Lookout Games), a 2-player route building game set in 19th century Munich, is coming out this summer.
In Trambahn, two players are expanding the new tramway with new routes, stations, and trains. The game contains cards with historical images that can be used for multiple functions – players can play them as passengers, routes, or use them for money. In the end, there can only be one successful tramway company.
This will be a quick, easy two player game. If you like the idea of a railroad game without the complication of an 18XX train game, then keep a lookout for Trambahn this summer!
Chicago Express, a game designed by Harry Wu, is not a stranger to the board gaming community. It’s a fun route – building and share-trading game from Queen Games. Well Queen has began a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new release of the base game along with the 1st expansion *and* a new module.
“Chicago Express is a family friendly train game for 2-6 players in which players take on the role of investors of late 19th century America. The Goal: Make as much profit as possible in the thriving railroad sector.
Take part in the development and the expansion of the 5 largest railway companies of the country. It is their aim to make high profits through the expansion of the rail network towards Chicago, the development of town and mountain hexes, and the purchase of company shares.
Chicago Express is the large scale release of Winsome Games’ Wabash Cannonball. Wabash Cannonball is the first game of Winsome Games’ Historic Railways System. German Railways (the funding reward for this project) is also part of the Historic Railways System.”
To learn more about the Kickstarter campaign you can click here.