Numbskull Games has announced work on their new game, Bullfrog Goldfield, a stock trading game set in the last great North American Gold and Silver rush in Nevada in 1905. The remote area in which the ores were discovered necessitated the building of railroads to supersede the transport to smelters by mule driven wagons. This created a race from existing railroads north and south. The numerous ghost towns that dot the area today are all a direct result of this short lived mineral bonanza. The city of Las Vegas was established at this time in response to the gold and silver rush. Rail building, mine development and town development are the parameters around which the stock trading revolves.
Some of the tough decisions faced by players include whether to go for quick profits in mining, or slower, but potentially greater profits in Rail building. The symbiotic relationships between the mines and Rails necessitates clear planning and clever strategies. A clean strategy game without dice, the only luck factor is how rich are the ores found in the mines, which players will soon discover.