Golden Spike Games

Golden Spike Games does fulfillment of orders for Deep Thought Games.

The games are identical to those that Deep Thought Games produces. We have been helping DTG fill orders since 2009.

We are located in Utah (hence the inspiration for the company name). The Engine in the photo on the left is the replica of the Central Pacific Jupiter that participated in the Golden Spike event in 1869. I took the photo on the left at the Golden Spike site at Promontory Summit, Utah, as it was steaming up the track toward the meeting point. The photos on the right are from the 150th anniversary event where they re-enacted the driving of the Golden Spike.

Recent News

03 Aug 2019 - I have had a hard time getting supplies of my normal laminate so I've been trying a few other types. I may switch to a different laminate, but I'm trying to ensure that the quality doesn't suffer. I found one I like, but the finish was a bit stickier (meaning the pieces don't slide as well). That's great for track tiles, but not so good for certificates since they might stick together. Nothing worse than someone grabbing an extra certificate from the stack by mistake. Some of the orders I'm fulfilling may have a different laminate than what we've used before as I try out different ones, but I'll ensure it is still good quality laminate.

15 Jul 2019 - I am adding 18EU, 18Scan, and 18VA to my available games. These were previous published by All-aboard games, but are now transitioning to Golden Spike Games instead. New orders will be accepted, and they can be added to existing orders as well. These games, as all Golden Spike Games, will come Ready-To-Play, including mounted tokens.

Expedited Orders

Golden Spike Games offers direct, expedited orders of most of the Deep Thought Games titles (all games except 1817 and 18MEX). These expedited orders are charged at a premium price. Prices are listed below.

All-Aboard Games offers 1817 and 18MEX.

You can still place an order for games through Deep Thought Games, but the wait time there is unknown. Golden Spike Games does all the fulfillment of the Deep Thought Games orders and we won't get to the games in the DTG queue until the premium orders have all been fulfilled.

The current titles available for expedited orders are:
 Game Cost (USD)
 1812   130
 1826   115
 1832   126
 1841v2   175
 1846   121
 1850   121
 1854   128
 18Ardennes  148
 18Dixie*  203
 18EU  118
 18FL    99
 18GB  156
 18GL  125
 18Neb  114
 18NY  152
 18PA    123
 18TN  106
 18Scan    89
 18US  143
 18VA    91
 18West  133

* 18Dixie includes the 18GA/18MS Kit which provides all additional components necessary to play both 18GA and 18MS.

Paper money can be added for USD $5 extra per game, while supplies last. Each set is customized for the particular game. Paper money is not available for 18GB at this time, but money from another set can be substituted if desired.

Sales Tax will be added for orders in Utah. The current rate is 7.15%.

All games will be shipped RTP (Ready-To-Play). This includes quad-fold maps, custom boxes, all pieces laminated and cut, and tokens mounted. Paper money is optional.

Shipping will be added to all orders.

To order a copy of one of these titles please send an email to and include the following information:

  Street Address
  Street Address Line Two - if needed for Apartment Number, etc. 
  Zip/Postal Code
  Phone#  - (only required If shipping to a PO Box outside of the United States)
  Email address for Paypal - (some people use a different email for Paypal so please provide the one here that I should invoice)
  Shipping Insurance Yes/No - (this is for U.S. orders. Shipments outside the U.S. will automatically have insurance.)
  Title(s) ordered. 
  Indicate for each game if paper money is desired. (I will assume no paper money if you don't specify this option (since only about 5% of orders want it).
Upon receipt of your email your order will be added to the queue. I will reply with a confirmation of your order, but I only check this email a couple times a week so please be patient if you do not receive an acknowledgement right away. 

You will receive a PayPal invoice when your order is started. The invoice will include shipping charges and insurance if requested. Your order will generally ship within two weeks of your payment of the invoice.

All shipping will be done via USPS Priority Mail (or USPS Priority Mail International). I charge the actual shipping price, rounded up to the next dollar, plus $1 (to cover paypal fees, boxes, packing, etc).

Insurance is optional for U.S. orders, also charged at cost. International orders will automatically have insurance. I generally will insure it for $50/game up to the $200 maximum.

If you would like to estimate your shipping costs, visit the USPS website.

For a US order, a single game will fit in a Medium Flat Rate box and two games can fit in the Large Flat Rate Box. Unless you live on the west coast, Flat Rate will usually be cheaper. For those in the West, or those ordering more than two games, you can calculate the shipping from the USPS website. The shipping zip code is 84045. Enter your destination zip code, select Standard Package and enter the weight, then hit Continue. On the next screen look for the price shown under Priority Mail 2-Day™ in the rightmost column labeled Online Price. I will use flat rate instead if it is less expensive..

For a non-US order, select your Country, then choose Standard Package and enter the weight, then hit Continue. On the next screen look for the price shown under Priority Mail International™ in the rightmost column labeled Online Price.

Combining games will generally reduce the cost of shipping. This is especially true for orders outside of the United States. It generally costs as much to ship two games in separate orders as it does to ship four games all together.

Weight estimates for each UNBOXED game (US measurement):
 Game Weight 
 1812  45 oz
 1826  48 oz
 1832  50 oz
 1841  68 oz
 1846  43 oz
 1850  47 oz
 1854  53 oz
 18Ardennes  52 oz
 18Dixie  70 oz
 18EU  ?? oz
 18FL  39 oz
 18GB  54 oz
 18GL  54 oz
 18Neb  42 oz
 18NY  49 oz
 18PA  43 oz
 18Scan  ?? oz
 18TN  41 oz
 18US  51 oz
 18VA  ?? oz
 18West  49 oz

Add 2 oz per pack of money if ordered.

Box Weights (US measurement):
One game: 8 oz
Two or three games: 12 oz
Four games: 17 oz
Five or six games: 22 oz
More than six games: email for estimate

Add the weight of your games and of the box together to get your shipping weight and enter that on the USPS site to see your shipping cost.

Terms (the nasty legal stuff)
Sales are Final. Shipping Insurance is optional. The buyer assumes all risks of damaged or lost packages should insurance be declined.
Customs and Duty charges for international shipments are the responsibility of the buyer.

Insurance for U.S. orders is your choice. I've only ever had two packages go completely missing. One was a big one sent parcel post (with insurance, fortunately), which is one reason I don't use parcel post any more. The other was delivered to a place of business and never found the employee. I've had a box or two dinged in shipping too, but that's mostly cosmetic. These games are pretty sturdy. The choice of insurance is up to you.

Note that orders shipped outside of the U.S. automatically come with up to $200 of insurance. I will insure them for $50/game, generally, which means an order of four games will max out the included insurance at $200. There is often not an option to buy additional insurance (it varies a bit by country). 

If there are missing pieces I will of course provide them. It's very rare, but can happen.

As of 18 Sep 2019
Orders in Queue:53
I have invoiced orders placed up through this date: 22 Dec 2018
Estimated Wait Time For New Orders: Six months. The wait time can vary depending on demand and my schedule. We have been slowing catching up on the queue so we hope to get the wait time lower.