Just in time for Christmas, everyone's favorite radical environmental activist group has whipped up a Gulf spill-themed board game that pits Greenpeace against the "evil" oil companies. There's no word whether Greenpeace's game, Deep Sea Desperation, was inspired by BP's own dubiously-designed 1970's board game ... The game is free, and it's available for download over at Greenpeace's website.
Here's Greenpeace describing the gameplay:
It's all about Greenpeace against Big Oil, with one player struggling to establish marine reserves in the very territory the other player wants to exploit. Through a mix of strategic lobbying, oil exploration, direct action and reserve creation, one of you will triumph. But beware: If you choose to be oil and get too many blowouts you'll have a deepwater slaughter on your hands, a mock twitter account handling your PR, pictures of dead animals in the paper, billions in damages and all those things that are so bad for your bottom line. And if a species falls extinct, you both lose.The game sounds like good fun, and would certainly make for a fine last-minute gift for that special Big Oil-loathing person in your life. You can't tell from the mockup on the website whether playing as BP allows you to dump toxic dispersents on the spills, obstruct the press from covering your misdeeds, or ruining the livelihoods of thousands of people.
If you've played or downloaded the game yet, let us know how it went in the comments below.