A small toy museum owner in England, was surprised to discover frightening parallels, between today’s Gulf of Mexico oil disaster and an obscure board game sold way back in the 70s, called the “Offshore Oil Strike.” The board game was endorsed by BP, sporting its logo on the cover, with an illustration of a huge offshore oil rig, exclaiming:
“The thrills of drilling, the hazards and rewards as you bring in your own.”
The owner of the toy museum, Alan Goldsmith, noticed that the board game’s cover art “spooky” in light of the current oil spill tragedy in the Gulf and oil rig explosion which resulted in 11 workers dead, and a catastrophic environmental disaster:
Alan Goldsmith said:
“The mint-condition game, made by Scottish company Printabox, was donated by a private collector to The House On The Hill Toy Museum in Stansted, Essex. It was very rare and ‘obscure. ‘The parallels between the game and the current crisis… are so spooky.’ He followed: ‘The picture on the front of the box is so reminiscent of the disaster, with the stormy seas, the oil rig and an overall sense of doom.”
The game description provided by BoardGameGeek provided the game description, also provides a perceptive view of the dangers of offshore oil drilling.
“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.”