For some reason, in 1970 energy company British Petroleum thought that it could replicate the thrills and dangers of offshore oil extraction with a piece of cardboard and some six-sided dice. So forty years before the Gulf oil spill that would make it infamous, BP produced a board game where "up to four would-be tycoons could compete at exploring for oil, building platforms and laying pipelines to their home countries." After the jump, check out the creepy cover photo.
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," said museum owner Alan Goldsmith, who added: "The parallels between the game and the current crisis... are so spooky."