Wildcat!Designed by: Tom Anderson
Wildcat! Is a strategy game for 3-6 players about exploring for oil in the western United States. Played out on a map consisting of 24 townships, it provides for seismic exploration for prospects, obtaining leasing rights, drilling for oil, producing any oil discoveries, and selling it for income. Each Player represents an independent oil company competing for the “black gold” to be found underground in the map area.
Of the 24 townships, 14 of them will have hidden prospects of varying sizes, distributed randomly so that each time the game is played, the oilfield discoveries will be found in different locations. But that leaves 10 townships with nothing there, so it is your job to explore until you find something, and you may encounter several “dry holes” along the way! Players must manage their cash carefully, as oil exploration, leasing, and drilling are all expensive operations, and you face an uncertain market in which to sell your produced oil. Leases are taken by open auction, so bid carefully in order to leave funds for drilling. Even a dry hole costs money and your seismic “shoots” may find nothing at first. The Player with the most money wins!