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Sysadmania! Is Upon Us!

Level 9

SysAdmin Day is upon us, you SysAdmaniacs!

It’s your day! We know how you may feel underappreciated at times throughout the year, so we went all out and created a board game in your honor. That’s right. Now, after another annoying day resetting passwords and resolving bottlenecks caused by I/O-heavy apps, you can unwind with a couple of friends and SysadMANIA!

Here's a little sneak peak of what you can expect (well something close to it):

Video Link : 1008

Our game designers created SysadMANIA! with you in mind. We know what it feels like to be ignored when everything works and blamed when something breaks. We hear you! So we took your pain and turned it into hilarious fun. Head Geeks Patrick Hubbard and Leon Adato took it for a test run (tough job, huh?) and loved the experience. They agreed that the game provides a laugh-out-loud, relatable, therapeutic, thoughtful, super fun time.

patrick.hubbard said, “When a game uses socialization and chance cards to escape the game boss, you realize that something very special is happening. It’s Cards Against IT meets D&D meets Sorry! meets Battleship… and I laughed every turn. I laughed because the work cards are funny and Brad is truly terrible, but also because it’s cathartic. If you’ve ever suffered the indignity of having a desk in the basement, falling off a ladder hanging an AP, or failing a backup recovery, you’ll laugh even harder.”

It taps into our humanity and celebrates the glory and triumph of IT over the frustration of tedium and stupid user questions. I can’t wait for the first expansion pack! Please let it be cloud.”

adatole​ loves it, too. He says, “Since my family observes a full day, every single week, of no electronics, we play a LOT of games. On a typical Saturday, you’ll find us around the table playing all kinds of games: Monopoly, Gin Rummy, Ticket to Ride, King of Tokyo, even Munchkins, or Exploding Kittens.

"When the Geeks sat down and unboxed SysadMANIA! for the first time, I figured it was a one-off joke. A game about life in IT. How quaint. But the truth is that there’s a GAME here. The combination of different personas displaying various strengths and weaknesses affect your ability to get through work challenges.

"What I liked best was that SysadMANIA! can be run as your typical ‘every player for themselves’ game, but happens to be more interesting – and truer to the spirit of IT pros everywhere – when played cooperatively à la Forbidden Island.”

Check out this video, as patrick.hubbard​, kong.yang​, chrispaap​, and stevenwhunt​ battle through SysadMANIA:

Video Link : 1006

So, there you have it. Glowing praise for SysadMANIA! We hope the day-long showing of respect and admiration by your colleagues is just as bright. Oh and if you want to join in on the SysadMANIA fun, visit: http://go.solarwinds.com/sysadmania​ for your chance to win some cool prizes, or even the actual board game!

22 Comments
Level 20

Is the game going to go into the Thwack store at some point???

Level 15

At some point, yes.

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Nice

Level 15

I see us at some point making it virtual, so we can have large online tournaments, a double elimination don't stop until you drop type thing.   I am sure we could host it a Full Sail University here in Florida. 

Level 21

I was going to ask the exact same question, I actually went and checked to see if it was there. 

I cannot WAIT to get one of these....

Level 15

Oooo that's an awesome idea! sysadMANIA the video game!

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If done right can be like your own adventure novel...just plays out differently each time.

I am highly excited about this game. I want it for work for team-building exercises and fun activities. Playing this with my 6 and 10 year old may not be as cathartic. lol My wife and I will be the only ones laughing.

Level 9

That was truly amazing to watch and laugh along with the guys. PLEASE make this available either in points, or for real on Amazon or something. This is totally worth whatever a board game made of pure awesomeness needs to cost.

Level 10

I too want this game!

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shawndiaz​, so that would be "Game On" ??

Level 10

Most definitely! I have almost everyone I work with wanting in on the action packed game-play.

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Well Hot Diggity !

Level 10

That is awesome!

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I do think this game would sell on the Thwack store - I don't know how much it would get played, but it certainly would appear at a lot of desks for decoration.

Level 9

This will definitely get played in my house.  When my friend from work comes over with his family, our wives always give us crap for "talking shop" and to stick to family time.  Now best of both worlds, we can have quality family time playing the board game, and we're allowed to talk shop

Level 9

Has there been any word on when this will be available for purchase?

The MVPs had a lot of fun playing this at THWACKcamp. Hope it's not too long before we can get a copy.

Level 9

It's like watching the windows progress bar......   Please Ship!!
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hopefully it has arrived.....how's it look? Fun to play?

Got mine! Not played it yet.