(West Palm Beach, Florida) Just as the stock market crash
of 1929 and the resulting economic depression led to the
invention of the wildly popular game 'Monopoly', a new
game based upon the 2005 hurricane season is the current
favorite among best-selling board games.
Different state editions of the 'Hurricane Blame Game'
for each of the hurricane-prone states are offered, such
as the Florida Edition(shown above).
The players represent trial lawyers who compete to see whose
law firm can collect the greatest wealth from filing lawsuits
against 'Big Oil' companies, or against individual states that
failed to respond to hurricane strikes.
The game is a mixture of chance and skill. Hurricane tracks
are shown on the board that represent all hurricanes that hit
the state between the years 1851 and 2003. A card drawn from
the "Chance" pile determines which hurricane has just hit the state.
A roll of the dice moves the player around the board, and any
privately held properties that are landed on are fair game for
lawsuits, as are any states.
"The game has been especially popular in Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Florida", game company Hasbeen, Inc. executive Charles
Tarrow told ecoEnquirer. "Apparently, a number of attorneys
in these states are honing their skills with the game as they
await lawsuits being brought against petroleum companies."
The players do not have to prove that global warming caused
individual hurricanes to be able to win lawsuits against the
oil companies. "Just like in the real world, public displeasure
with oil company profits after the 2005 hurricane season is
expected to lead to successful lawsuits and large monetary
awards, just like in our game", explained Mr. Tarrow.
"Every player ends up being a winner."
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