Saturday, July 24, 2010

Offshore Oil Strike Boardgame

Somewhat old news, but in case you missed it - apparently there was a board game back in the 1970's called "BP Offshore Oil Strike".

According to boardgamegeek:
Two to four players compete at exploring for oil, building platforms, and laying pipelines to bring the offshore oil back to the player's home company. Players take on the roles of either BP (Hull), Amoco (Bergen), Chevron (Rotterdam) or Mobil (Dieppe) in their quest for oil. As with other games focusing on offshore oil exploitation (e.g., Omnia's North Sea Oil), there is also the risk that storms will reduce production on, or eliminate, one's oil platforms. The first player to make $120,000,000 in cash is the winner.

This article notes "
the remarkable parallels between the game and the current crisis out in the Gulf of Mexico... The currency on the money in the game is in dollars and there are playing cards marked Hazards, Blow out! Rig Damaged. Oil Slick Clean-up costs $1m... The picture on the front of the box is so reminiscent to the disaster with the stormy seas, the oil rig and an overall sense of doom. I was so knocked over by how relevant this game is, made some 35 years ago, to BP’s current crisis today."


squidman said...

hahhhahahahahahah nice!

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