(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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