BP Rolls the Dice and Craps Out

UK Metro has unearthed a circa 1960’s board game:BR Offshore Oil Strike. I am not shitting you. What I’ve heard about the game itself is seriously creepy since it foreshadows the current oiltastrophe in the Gulf.

BP OFFSHORE OIL STRIKE

Who hell wants to play a game sponsored by a multi-fucking national oil company? Not me. I was never even that into Monopoly when I was a wee lad in knee pants or whatever the hell it was we wore back then. I preferred Risk, which means that world conquest was more up my alley. I was a ruthless Risk player and always tried to control the Asian provinces of the then Soviet Union as well as Turkey. I never fooled with Afghanistan; even a little kid knows that nobody will ever rule that unruly land. The great game threw snake eyes a long time ago.

Via Library Chronicles.

3 thoughts on “BP Rolls the Dice and Craps Out

  1. montag says:

    The follow-on sequel game, “Offshore Oil Catastrophe,” should be a smash hit.
    Can’t wait to see the advertising copy for that one…

  2. Snarki, child of Loki says:

    Monopoly actually is an appropriate game for our economic situation:
    First, everyone scrambles to buy up property, resulting in a property boom. (okay, you don’t have all the leverage, derivatives, etc., but hold on)
    Second, the players are seriously depleted of cash and the result is a classic deflationary economic depression. Some go bust, others hang on.
    Slowly, cash comes back in the game (at $200 a pop from passing go), and things start up again, until the fat cats screw everyone else for the win.
    A modern version would have leveraged buyouts, CDOs, etc.

  3. Michael says:

    My preferred Risk strategery was attempt to control North and South America, which conferred a huge advantage for a modest price (only three borders if you controlled both continents.)

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