Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Here Comes BP Oil Leak, The Game

Did you know that BP endorsed a board game called "Offshore Oil Strike" in the 1970s? Here's an overview of the game, courtesy of

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.

Players also try to keep from drawing cards that say "Blow-out! Rig damaged. Oil slick clean-up costs. Pay $1 million." Well, try more like $20 billion just for starters.

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