Burned-out NYC consultant turns office politics into a board game
A Queens man tired of backstabbing and office politics quit his job as a tech consultant and created a board game — about backstabbing and office politics.
Sysifus Corp. reflects the “death by 1,000 paper cuts” Wonmin Lee, 30, said he felt while working for software company Citrix.
“You can only write so many dumb corporate emails before it really hits your soul and you’re like, ‘Why am I doing this? ‘” the Astoria native told the Post.
The object of the four-player game is for each player to visit three executives in their corner offices, suck them off, and then return for a performance review in the final corner. Along the way, players draw cards like “spread rumor” or “lay blame” that slow down opponents.
For anyone sick of toxic office culture, Sysifus Corp is “the closest thing to legally backstabbing your co-workers 😈” according to its website.
The painting looks like a standard office – sterile and gray, full of cubicles, fake ficus trees and workers at keyboards. Spaces that dictate where players move look like Post-it notes laden computer screens that feature jargon-filled emails with messages such as “Remember CYA before EOD when OOO on PTO or WFH”.
“It’s jargon that doesn’t make sense, but everyone agrees to use it,” Lee said.
The game, which has sold 500 copies and can be purchased online and at Gamestoria in Queens for $40, was released in September, a month when 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in the current trend which economists have dubbed The Great Resignation.
“I was able to ride the wave of that. A lot of people resonate with the idea of quitting their jobs and trying to do their own thing,” said Lee, who quit his job in 2016 and made game design his full-time job. “I’m kind of like a hipster in that sense. I did this before the pandemic.