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.
We are located in Utah (hence the inspiration for the company name).
The games are identical to those that Deep Thought Games produces. We have been helping DTG fill orders since 2009.
The prices on the Deep Thought Games site have never been adjusted, so these prices reflect both adjustments for the ever-rising cost of materials as well as for being in the premium queue.
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, and some adjustment of prices will need to occur since the cost of materials keeps rising.
About the Photos
The Engine in the top 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 at the Golden Spike site at Promontory Summit, Utah, as it was steaming up the track toward the meeting point.
The photo on the bottom is the replica of the Union Pacific No. 119, taken on the same day.
13 Nov 2020 - I've caught up on emails so if you have placed and order you should have received a confirmation email now.
My grand-daughter is in the NICU, having been born very prematurely at 1 lb 13 oz. She's a fighter and progressing, but there have been steps forward and backward. This is a mirror of this year, and of life as a whole. Things don't always go as planned and challenges come along that we would prefer not to have.
We need to always take the good parts of life and pull them into our hearts. The bad things need to be acknowledged too, but those we don't pull into our hearts. Those we acknowlege and then we set them aside. We cannot avoid what we experience, but we can choose what to pull into our hearts. So let's all choose to concentrate on the good, and let's all help those going through challenges so they can get through them.
I love this hobby. That's why I do what I do. I love the people I've met in this hobby and those I've corresponded with. Every time I wrap up a package of games to ship a little bit of my love for this hobby and for those who support it goes into the box too.
06 Nov 2020 - I've got several things to report. I'm behind on answering emails, but I'll try to get caught up this week.
If you got an email from the system saying your email was received then I do have it, and I will reply personally once I do put it into the queue.
I'm in the process of getting pre-printed boards for many of the titles. It's a big expense to invest in those, but it should pay off in the long run because we'll be able to turn the orders around a bit faster.
My daughter is cutting for me again so our production is increasing. I hope to get the queue down. I know I've said that a number of times before. I mean it every time and we do our best. I actually have caught up a slight bit in the past month, but there's a ways to go. The investment in the pre-printed boards is an effort to help that along.
If you need to cancel an order due to job change, etc. that is fine. But please notify me ahead of time if possible so I can plan for it. I usually print the games before I invoice so that they will already be in process.
01 Oct 2020 - I've answered all the accumulated email, so if you placed an order you should have a confirmation from me now. I do keep the stats on the order page updated so you can tell where you order might be by the order date that I'm shipping.
29 Sep 2020 - We are still shipping games. I've been very busy lately trying to finish my basement, finish my taxes, and still get some games out the door. I'm behind on answering emails, but I'll try to catch up on them later this week.
31 Jul 2020 - I passed my black belt test. Ourdoors, wearing a mask, with the sun, wind, and rain on us at various times.
On an uneven surface (which makes doing jump-spinning kicks interesting). But we persevered and I did it. Not bad for a guy turning 60 next month.
We are back to production. I'll respond to emails in the next few days. I'm ordering some pre-printed boards and my daughter-in-law (not the one that designed this site--another one) is going to start cutting for me again. I'm trying to increase production.
15 Jul 2020 - I haven't had time to respond to order emails, but I do have them and will get to them. It's the week of my 2nd degree TaeKwanDo black belt test and that's consuming all my time. We had to move the test outdoors with distancing and only household members as test partners. It's going to be different, but so is most everything so far in 2020 so we'll adapt.
01 Jul 2020 - If you are reading this then you've noticed the brand-new website my daughter-in-law Melodi built for me. It's a lot more fun than my old site. I think I have everything configured now so it comes up and redirects always to the secure site (the old one was unsecure), but never say never. I'll work through the issues in the next few days. Meanwhile, production continues. Things will be a bit slower in the next two weeks as I prepare for my 2nd degree TaeKwanDo black belt test which is scheduled to happen Jul 15-18. At this point we don't know what form it will take as we adapt to COVID-19 challenges, but we'll overcome them somehow.
22 May 2020 - Life is getting a bit more back to normal and several orders have shipped this week. My health is fine now and I am preparing for a 2nd degree TaeKwanDo black belt test in July. All the classes have been via video for the past several months and that's been an adjustment, but life is about adjusting to changing circumstances and I think we'll all doing a great job of it. Having taken up martial arts in my 50s (after watching my kids doing it for 5+years), it's been a challenge--but also very rewarding. I'll continue to crank out orders and we'll try to make inroads into the queue.
Pricing & Shipping
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.Shipping Details >
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 orders 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.
Calculating Shipping Weight
Place an Order
To order a copy of one of these titles please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
|If needed for Apartment Number, etc.|
|Phone#||Only required If shipping to a PO Box outside of the United States.|
|The email associated with the Paypal account to be invoiced.|
|This is for U.S. orders. Shipments outside the U.S. will automatically have insurance.|
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). I still have supplies left for most games, but I'm unlikely to cut more (it is a PAIN) so I'll keep this available as long as supplies last.
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.
* 18Dixie includes the 18GA/18MS Kit which provides all additional components necessary to play both 18GA and 18MS.
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.