Offshore Oil Strike: The BP Board Game

4790972726_686735dd37_o Want to teach your kids about the fun of deep-sea drilling? Pick up a copy of the unfortunate 1970 board game Offshore Oil Strike, produced by BP. “The 1st player to make $120,000,000 cash is regarded as the winner.” Via BLDGBLOG:

With this “exciting board game for all the family,” released in 1970, BP delivered all “the thrills of drilling, the hazards and rewards as you bring in your offshore petro-dollars.”

It’s “a race to find and develop the riches ‘neath the seabed,” where no deepwater is beyond the horizon of possible drilling.

Accumulating this fortune, however, is not without its difficulties. Each player has “Hazard” cards to deal with; here are some of the risks BP thought to include:

—”Fire breaks out. Pay $2,500,000 for repairs.”
—”Hit High-Pressure Gas—Rig Damaged. Specialists called in.”
—”Blow-Out! Rig Damaged. Repairs cost $2,000,000″
—”Drill pipe breaks. Pay $500,000 for replacement.”
—”Strike High Pressure Gas. Platform Destroyed.”
—”Blow-Out! Rig Damaged. Oil Slick Clean-Up costs. Pay $1,000,000.”

4 Comments on "Offshore Oil Strike: The BP Board Game"

  1. cerebralcaustic | Jul 21, 2010 at 6:31 pm |


    To bad Nick Pell's gone, otherwise he'd tell us how the red “strike” cards were evidence of working class unrest leading to a socialist revolution. c

  2. Hadrian999 | Jul 22, 2010 at 12:22 am |

    i think he moved on to being a music critic now

  3. Hadrian999 | Jul 21, 2010 at 7:22 pm |

    i wonder if it will last as long as monopoly which was created in a similar fashon

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