Raise the Titanic Board Game
The game is based in part on both the 1976 Clive Cussler novel and the 1980 feature film of the same name. The story of both sees a team try to raise the Titanic from the ocean floor, in an attempt to recover a rare mineral known as Byzanium, which was being carried on board by a miner working for the U.S Government in 1912.
However, the aim of the board game was merely to salvage valuables and raise the ship for the player’s own fame and fortune. The game was poorly-received by the survivors and families of those who died in the original disaster, who saw it as nothing more than plundering, and the game was removed from sale by the manufacturer Hoyle Products soon after its release in 1987.
The Hoyle Products Raise the Titanic board game
The game is for 2 – 4 players, and is based around the task of raising the sunken ship and salvaging goods and treasure from it.
The board features a model Titanic on a central pole, which contains items such as gold bars, treasure, jewellery, historic artefacts and the ship’s log. Once players have moved around the board and gather both a crew and equipment, they can begin to salvage items from the ship. As each item is removed, the ship becomes lighter and moves up the central pole until it is empty and completely raised.
The aim of the game is to make it back home with as many artefacts and fame points as possible, along with a bonus for the ship’s log (for which each player has already received a publisher’s bonus).
How much is a Raise the Titanic Board Game worth?
The game is popular with collectors due to its unique board (featuring the literally ‘raised’ Titanic and detailed playing pieces), along with the fact it was quickly removed from sale after protests..
There are a large number of small components involved in the game, so complete copies can sometimes be hard to find. They can sell for between $20 - $20 on auction sites such as eBay, depending on their condition.
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