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I got this from Fluff Daddy I think. He felt that as do I and others in my group, that the Oil Strike is just WAY too painful. So, the answer was to replace it with another disaster. I picked Crash, so that's the way we play.
If you've ever had your empire dissolved by the Dreaded Drum, you'll want to play it this way too.
Am I a man or am I a muppet? If I'm a muppet then I'm a very manly muppet!
I experimented w/a couple of things (thanks for the kind words, Bob!):
1. replacing it with another disaster (Crash is a good choice)
2. keeping it in, but making it happen only every OTHER time
I made up a double-sided chit that says "Fuel Shortage" on one side & "NO Fuel Shortage" on the other side. It starts the game on the "NO Fuel Shortage" side. The first time that Fuel Shortage is drawn, you ignore the event & draw another chip... and flip the double-sided tile to "Fuel Shortage." The next time the Fuel Shortage is drawn, it happens. The double-sided chip is once again flipped over... and so on.