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Games BP should have played to better prepare them for the spill.
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The oil leak is no laughing matter for sure. Nearly everyone is frustrated about this situation.
Please view this list as a opportunity to vent a little on the subject.

Playing these games may have increased BP's skills in some vital areas, better preparing them for stopping the leak, or even preventing the disaster in the first place.

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1. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:68]
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Playing Go not only increases your critical thinking skills but at a primal level (when playing white) teaches you how to surround and contain black stuff. Had they played Go more, clearly the leak would have been contained long before now.
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2. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:317]
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I have never played Reef Encounter. However, no doubt playing this game would have giving BP better awareness of fragile underwater ecosystems. This may have given them greater incentive to put better precautions in place to prevent environmental disaster.
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3. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:40]
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This is a game about containing a constantly spreading global disaster. BP should have played this game on the hardest difficulty and mastered it before drilling for oil. Only then would they have the project management skills to mount an appropriate response to crisis.
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4. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:86]
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This game is about building machines that can withstand all sorts of abuse. This game would have given BP the knowledge to build oil rigs that could withstand all sorts of unexpected things, increasing safety and reliability.
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5. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1118]
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This should speak for itself. Deep underwater, everything goes wrong and you have to keep it together. Every BP employee should have mastered this game as part of their basic training.
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6. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
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I know what your thinking. BP plays this game already on a global scale.
However from the description of the game, it talks about increasing efficiency and building superior plants. They may play this game already, but maybe they should learn to play it a bit better in the future.
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7. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
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Why Agricola you ask? As the final entry on my list, perhaps playing this game BP would have decided that drilling for oil just wasn't their thing. Getting closer to the land, they would have gone into farming and more ecology friendly ways of putting dinner on the table.
Perhaps we should all learn this lesson and go back to a simpler time.

So thats my list.. for better or worse. What other games should we recommend to large oil companies?
 
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8. Board Game: Industrial Waste [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:968]
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This would seem appropriate.
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9. Board Game: You Go To Hell [Average Rating:3.07 Unranked]

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Oh wait... this is the game that they should play now.
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10. Board Game: Lie, Cheat & Steal [Average Rating:5.27 Overall Rank:10333]

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Suddenly a shot rang out! A door slammed. The maid screamed. Suddenly a pirate ship appeared on the horizon! While millions of people were starving, the king lived in luxury. Meanwhile, on a small farm in Kansas, a boy was growing up.
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What BP was actually playing before the spill.
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11. Board Game: Oil Spill [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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As the description says:

"This game will help people Oil Companies become more aware of oil transportation and methods of preparation for and prevention of oil spills."

Incredibly over-produced, and apparently incredibly random roll-and-move game, with tons of chance cards, most of which punish the player for lack of environmental foresight..."

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12. Board Game: Trial Lawyer [Average Rating:3.33 Unranked]
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leroy43 wrote:
BP will spend more on attorneys to avoid paying any fines and clean up costs than they'll actually spend on cleaning this mess up.


So maybe this game is a good choice.
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13. Board Game: Great Alaskan Clean-Up [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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They may have wanted to play this to get them prepared.
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14. Board Game: Waterworks [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:10344]
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That's what you get for using lead pipe instead of copper--
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15. Board Game: Top Hats [Average Rating:4.39 Unranked]
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Ah, if only Fred Astaire were here--
 
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16. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:418]
Randall Bart
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Winnetka
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They should have studied containment.
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17. Board Game: The Three Stooges VCR Game [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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"I'm a successful cork!!!"
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18. Board Game: Oil: The Great Adventure [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:10209]
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of course, since the German box even shows BP machinists working at a pipeline ..
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19. Board Game: Giganten [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1010]
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You need to know the basics of oil rigging....
 
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20. Board Game: Schwarzes Gold [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:7154]
Martin Boisselle
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And know the value if oil and the environment....
 
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21. Board Game: 2012: The Day of Fallout [Average Rating:4.16 Unranked]
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Around here, this picture is sent from adressbook to adressbook ..

The text reads:

Consider yourself lucky, we don't build nuclear power plants!

- That little bit of oil in the Golf
 
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22. Board Game: Offshore Oil Strike [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Hmm... its called BP Offshore Oil Strike....

"Players have to deal with the possibility of large-scale oil spills and cover cleanup costs."
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/06/70s-board-game-contains...

Something seems relevant here...
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