70’s board game contains eerie similarities to today’s problems

No, not this one

The game BP Offshore Oil Strike, which came out in the 1970s and is adorned with an old BP logo, revolves around four players exploring for oil, building platforms and constructing pipelines

Players have to deal with the possibility of large-scale oil spills and cover cleanup costs

I’m talking about this one

If a player landed on a space where money was collected from the bank, or received a Pay Day, an opponent with a Collect card could steal half the collected money from that player

If a player landed on a space in which money was paid to the bank, or had to pay Taxes, the player could present a Pay card to an opponent, who immediately had to pay half of the first player’s penalty

When I was little I remember driving aimlessly around the board with one of the cars, which seemed at the time to be a lot more fun than playing like everyone else. That may explain a lot, sadly enough.

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One Response to 70’s board game contains eerie similarities to today’s problems

  1. Bob says:

    It took me a couple of minutes to pick up on your ‘shop-work. Nice.