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1974
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Best with 4 players
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13 and up
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90 minutes
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Crude: The Oil Game
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McMulti
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In Crude: The Oil Game, players take on the role of oil company CEOs, seeking to expand their companies into multi-national energy mega-corporations. Just as with real world energy companies, player will setup facilities for oil drilling, oil pumping, oil refining into gasoline, and gasoline selling to the consumer... all of which are represented by actual plastic pieces placed on the board! Players also speculate by buying and selling oil and gasoline barrels in both the domestic and foreign markets... again represented by actual plastic barrels in their playing area!

However, the changing economic climate, as well as sudden world news events, will challenge players to keep a long-term strategic view of the world energy markets. The first player to reach a corporation value of $750 million is the winner!

Crude: The Oil Game is not only a great simulation of the global oil markets, but with almost 300 plastic playing pieces, it is a sight to behold! Known as McMulti when it was printed in Europe almost 25 years ago, this great game is finally back in print after many years!

Brought back into print in 2012 by Stronghold Games, Crude: The Oil Game has been a highly sought-after ("Grail") game. This is an early Euro-style game – before Euro-style existed! – which accurately simulates the market forces and elements of the oil and gasoline markets at all levels of production, including oil drilling, oil pumping, oil and gasoline buying and selling in the domestic and foreign markets, oil refining, and finally gasoline selling to the consumer.

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Components

  • 1 Economy Game Board
  • 1 Operations Game Board
  • 8 News Cards
  • 7 Economy Cards
  • Lots of Money Tokens
  • 2 Production Dice (1 red, 1 black)
  • 1 Difference Die (green)
  • 80 plastic Drilling Rigs (approximately)
  • 16 plastic Oil Wells (approximately)
  • 12 plastic Oil Refineries (approximately)
  • 30 plastic Gas Stations (approximately)
  • 80 plastic Crude Oil Barrels (approximately)
  • 80 plastic Gasoline Barrels(approximately)
  • Rulebook

History of the game:

This game was originally published in the USA under the title Crude: The Oil Game and was widely received as a break-through in Euro-style and economic simulating games. It was then republished in an unauthorized version as McMulti without the knowledge of the original designer. As McMulti, the game garnered even more attention due to its use of *hundreds* of beautiful little plastic pieces to represent the various game elements: oil barrels, gasoline barrels, oil drilling rigs, oil pumps, oil refineries, and gasoline station facilities. This game is certainly is a sight to behold.

In 2010, Stronghold Games announced a reprinting of the game along with an updated ruleset and improved economic engine to be created in conjunction with the original designer, James J. St. Laurent. During the re-development of the game, the original designer passed away, creating a delay in the re-publication of the game. Crude: The Oil Game is now a Q4 2012 (Spiel) release for Stronghold Games, and it will hold true to the beauty of both the game's mechanisms as well as the game components used in the unauthorized version.

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Stronghold English Second Edition
Publisher: Stronghold Games
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Year: 2012
Product Code: SG2004
Size: 12.50 x 11.80 x 3.40 inches
4.60 pounds
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Release Date: Nov 2012
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Pegasus German Third Edition
Publisher: Pegasus Spiele
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Year: 2012
Product Code: 51410G
Size: 11.70 x 11.70 x 3.35 inches
4.42 pounds
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Release Date: Dec 1, 2012
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Hexagames German Second Edition
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Year: 1990
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Hexagames German First Edition
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Year: 1988
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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3 Economy Cards/ Wirtschaftskarten: Player Aid/ Spielhilfe
Economy Cards "graphically" arranged, so they easily show the flow of the Economy during the game. Two Versions (2012 and 1988 Edition) in English and German = 4 pages with 2 Player Aids each.
English
2015-08-16
3 Wirtschaftskarten-Übersicht
Spielhilfe: Preise für Anlagen je Wirtschaftslage. Die Wirtschaftslagen (Zeilen) sind nach Anlagenpreisen sortiert. Die Anlagen (Spalten) sind nach Reihenfolge bei der Anlagenproduktion sortiert. --------------------------- Player aid: Economy summary
German
2015-03-30
2 Crude Player Aid
For those that detest score tracks that zig zag back and forth. I have redone the Market tracks so they all flow left to right. On an xl sheet prints to legal size paper.
English
2014-07-20
0 Tablero para las cartas de noticias - Board for the news cards
Un tablero para las cartas de noticias. Tiene casillas para el mazo de cartas de noticias, para el evento más probable, para el menos probable y para las cartas de noticias que quedan activas y desaparecen con un doble en concreto de la tirada de dados. Es algo muy básico y esquemático, pero cumple su función. --- A board for the news cards. It has spaces for the news deck, for the most likely event, for the unlikely event and for the news cards that remains actives and disappear with a specific double in the die roll. It's very basic and schematic, but do the job. [geeklist=148780]Mis otras traducciones y ayudas de juego.[/geeklist]
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2014-01-30
1 Crude: The Oil Game - Economy Summary Sheets
Giving each player one of these is very helpful!
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2013-09-30
2 Cartas de noticias - Versión 1.0
Cartas de noticias en español. Están pensadas para utilizar fundas de 80 x 120 mm. [geeklist=148780]Mis otras traducciones y ayudas de juego.[/geeklist]
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2013-07-24
2 Regeländerungen 2012 im Vergleich zu Hexagames 1988
beschreibt die 2012 veränderten Regeln, die weitestgehend auch mit der Erstausgabe 1988 spielbar sind. Verbrauchermarkt, Wirtschaftskarten und Nachrichtenkarten zeigen auch Änderungen im Detail, die hier aber nicht Gegenstand sind und (nochkeine Spielerfahrung) vermutlich nicht so gravierend sind. Wesentliche Änderungen sind die neue Würfelunterschiedsleiste zur Steuerung der Wirtschaftslage und die veränderte Schlussrunde und Abrechnung
German
2013-06-23
2 lesbare Wirtschaftslage-Karten fuer 2012-Version
die Wirtschaftskarten der 2012-Ausgabe sind schlecht lesbar. Diese Karten im Stil der 1988-Hexagames-Ausgabe dienen als gut lesbarer Ersatz
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2013-06-23
7 Crude/McMulti as she is played
Very minor corrections.
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2013-05-20
15 Player Aid Card
Set of 4, small (3.5"x5"), two-sided player aids, that show the sequence of play on one side, and all the content of the Economy cards on the other side.
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Ludology Episode 74 - Boardgame Wonderland
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DJ15: Crude: The Oil Game (1974) James J. St. Laurent
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Garrett's Games 349 - Crude/McMulti and The Card Game of OZ
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