Golden Spike Games does fulfillment for Deep Thought Games

Expedited Orders

Golden Spike Games offers direct orders of most of the Deep Thought Games catalog (all games except 1817 and 18MEX).

We are located in Utah (hence the inspiration for the company name).

The games are identical to those that Deep Thought Games has produced in the past, although there have been upgrades such as very nice quad-fold boards. We have been helping DTG fill orders since 2009.

The prices on the Deep Thought Games site have never been adjusted. My prices reflect adjustments for the ever-rising cost of materials, although I haven't changed any prices since I started doing the direct orders in 2014. At some point that might be needed.

All-Aboard Games offers 1817 and 18MEX.

Deep Thought Games is not currently taking new orders. 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 my direct, premium orders have all been fulfilled. When that occurs 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.

Recent News

1 Jun 2023 - I'm a grandpa again. Twelve grand-kids now, with another expected next month. Our lives are blessed. Our newest is a little girl named Evelyn, to be called Evie. Yes, that is from a movie if you get the reference.

We've definitely ramped up production. Shipped two packages yesterday and dropping another at the PO today. I have a dozen games sitting here waiting for payment and shipment. We're catching up on the queue significantly. I'm invoicing orders from Oct 2021 where last month I was invoicing for Jun 2021. A few folks are silent when I contact/invoice them, and with more than a year passed I don't blame them, but most are responding positively.

Again, if anyone has an order in the queue they wish to modify/cancel then please contact me before I invoice you. It's a lot easier.

25 May 2023 - Production is ramped up. I shipped five orders last week and more are going out this week. My daughter is having her baby this weekend so that'll slow things a little, but with three of us cutting we'll still be producing games. I'm up to Sep 2021 orders, which is a gain of about 6 months over the last two. It's nice to see the queue come down a bit.

If you need to make any changes to your order (including cancelling) then please contact me before your order gets to the top of the queue. It's a lot easier to make adjustments before the invoice goes out. Thanks.

20 May 2022 - For those that have an 1846 game produced by either Golden Spike Games or Deep Thought Games, I can get you the privates and token needed for v2 of the game. I am going to be running a batch of these toward the end of June. They will need to be done using the laminate that both GSG and DTG used for the past decade in order for them to match your game. I cannot buy that laminate any more, but I do still have some left that I kept for purposes such as this.

The cost, including shipping, will be $10 for fulfilment to the US. I don't know yet how much it will cost to ship internationally. I think it will be about $15, but I'll need to do some reseach on that. I THINK I can send it in a normal first-class envelope, but the token creates a problem and if I can't make that work then the cost will be higher. I'll post more details when I have them.

If you are interested then please email me at as you would to order a game. Please put 1846 v2 Order as the title of the email so I can easily separate these orders from my other emails and keep track of how many are wanted. And don't forget to include your name and address in the email body. That's all I need. If you want more than one set then indicate that as well. This will put you on the list and when I'm ready to send these out I'll let you know and you can send the payment. I'm not going to do individual paypal invoices for these. When instructed you'll send the payment directly to my paypal address.


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 almost RTP (Ready-To-Play). Each game includes a quad-fold map and a custom, labeled game box. All pieces will be laminated and cut. The labels will be provided inside the front cover of the rulebook and will need to be mounted on the tokens. A guide of which token color to use for each company is provided. 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.

I will ship up to eight games in one box. Experience has shown that larger boxes are more prone to damage so I am going to limit shipments to eight games 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-Dayâ„¢ 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 Internationalâ„¢ 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 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
The email associated with the Paypal account to be invoiced.
Shipping Insurance
This is for U.S. orders. Shipments outside the U.S. will automatically have insurance.
Title(s) ordered.

If you want paper money with the game then please ask for it, otherwise I will assume it is not needed. I think I only shipped two games with paper money in 2021. I still have supplies left for many games, but a few are out of stock. I can substitute money from a different game in most cases since most games have a bank size shared with other titles. I'll keep this available as long as supplies last, but I'm unlikely to cut more (it is a PAIN).

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 about once 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.


(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.



Orders in Queue 86
Invoiced Through 10 Oct 2021
Wait time for new orders 15-18 Months
Updated 1 Jun 2023


The rules to all games are found below.

Some games had rule updates since they were originally published.
The previous rule verions are listed for reference, but the latest editions should be used for play.



- 4 Jun 2015
- 28 Jul 2015
- 25 Jan 2017


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- 19 Oct 2015


- 4 Jun 2015
- 19 Oct 2015


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- 22 Mar 2006

- 22 Mar 2006


- 5 Apr 2018
- 20 Oct 2018
- 6 Dec 2018


- 23 Feb 2007


- 17 Aug 2005


- 14 Jan 2010


- 13 Mar 2014


- 7 Jul 2015


- 30 Sep 2005


- 2 May 2006


- 18 Jun 2007


- 10 May 2005


- 14 Oct 2007


- 2 Aug 2011


- 5 Mar 2015


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- 27 Sep 2006


- 2 Aug 2006

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- 12 Jul 2006
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