Modern Living: Playing Sheik

At 29, Baron Arnaud de Rosnay is no run-of-the-disco jet-setter. The dashing entrepreneur already has behind him careers as France's national surfboard champion, a photojournalist, a publicist and a backgammon promoter. Now, like a man who contemplates an ocean and invents the squirt gun, De Rosnay has come up with a parlor game based on the energy crisis.

The game, which has just gone on sale at such stores as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman-Marcus and Garfinckel's, is appropriately known as Petropolis. Adapted from the Monopoly formula ("Only I made it more beautiful and up to date," De Rosnay says modestly), Petropolis involves...

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