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Background: Schwarzes Gold

by Sezgin Güven

1901: Welcome to Spindletop Hill, birthplace of the modern oil industry. The first oil deposits have just been discovered and all adventurers are flocking to Texas to find their fortune. But the deposits are limited. Who will tactically build their derricks in the best places and extract the black gold in the most profitable order?

Black Gold emerged as the winner of an author competition and is set against the historical background of Spindletop Hill, which is described in detail in the rules booklet, where many of the active oil companies in Texas have their roots at the beginning of the 20th century.

Spindletop Hill
The cradle of the oil industry

Named for a tree that grew like an inverted cone, Spindletop is considered the birthplace of the oil industry and is located just south of the town of Beaumont, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico coast. After an unprecedented amount of oil was found here at the beginning of the last century, Spindletop became the engine of the entire US industry. The big American oil companies Texaco, Gulf, Amoco, Chevron, Mobil and Exxon emerged from the oil rush of this period.

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