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Aporta Games
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Number of Players 2-5
Playtime 60 Min
Suggested Ages 10+
Designer(s) Thor Egil Braadland, Eilif Svensson, Kristian Amundsen Østby
Publisher Aporta Games

The vast oil reserves off of the Norwegian shores is an environmentally contentious topic, but it undoubtedly remains one of the most important contributors to the country's massive wealth. Offshore is a lightweight competitive strategy game about this highly specialized field.

In the game, players will build oil platforms in the North Sea. Opening a new oil field is, of course, not simple as it requires both technology and temporary co-operation between players. On your turn, you will perform one of three actions:

  • Purchase a technology tile
  • Export oil (exchanging it for points and money)
  • Open a new oil field and dig for oil

Opening a new oil field is the most complicated action: Alone, or together with one other player, you must have the required technology and pay the opening cost. Who should use which technology and how the cost should be split needs to be agreed upon between the players. The players will then drill for oil in a small press-your-luck mini game: The players must pick how deep they want to drill, all the while avoiding too much pressure building up as this could result in a blowout. The combination of technology tiles used for opening the field also influence the drilling in various ways.

The temporary co-operations and players' shared interests in the drilling phases makes for an interesting game in which players share both successes and failures.

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