There’s a time for work and a time for play.  And whether you are working or playing it’s important to put your whole heart into the task at hand.  Luckily we have bosses and managers for the working part.  guy in cubicle playing with slinkyThe question is, how can we be sure that we are horsing around on the job to the absolute best of our ability when there is no authority figure around to hold us to it?  And how can we get as many other cubicle dwellers as possible to join us on our quest to screw the pooch effectively?

To answer both questions, let us introduce John Austin and his ingenious series of “Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction” paperbacks.  John Austin began his distinguished career as the creative force in the design process for many world renowned toy brands such as Transformers, Star Wars, and Tonka.  Along the way, he acquired skills in 3D modeling and illustration. Now he brings his prowess to the cubicle and the printed page in a work-life-changing achievement that will impress even the most seasoned workplace kidult.

How to transform your work environment into a place of ultimate office debauchery.

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Each book is made up of about 35 clever ideas and carefully planned blueprints for mini weapons that can be completed in order to carry out a truly inspired bout of office debauchery.  The projects include but are not limited to catapults, darts, slingshots, bomblets, throwing stars, periscopes, and crossbows.  For each weapon, there are complete materials listings as well as clear and easy step-by-step instructions that will show you how to get your arsenal assembled and primed for battle in time to defend your cubicle from any sort of attacks that can be mustered up by co-workers.

Most of the weapons can be made from common accessories you already have in your cubicle.

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One of the really cool things about these books is that many of the projects are built exclusively from accessories that you probably already have in your cubicle.  This means you can coordinate an offensive strike with utmost spontaneity.  There is no need to plan ahead.  If paper, rubber bands, coins, paper clips, push pins, ballpoint pens and tape dispenser are among your desk items you can already build most of the weapons.  Of course, there is also a nice variety of more sophisticated projects for which you’ll need other materials like matches, paper caps, batteries, a laser pointer and a slightly longer period of time where you know the boss is away.  Well, you see where this is going.

Prioritize the safety of yourself and others when engaging in cubicle warfare.

red caution exlamation mark signIt cannot be stressed enough that while the books will no doubt provide hours and hours of unmitigated childish entertainment, the projects were created by a design professional and as such, are both very highly powerful and accurate.  One reviewer of the first installment subtitled “Build Implements of Spitball Warfare” reported holes in office walls and a dent in the back of a coworkers chair from his implementation of the “BB pencil”.  For this reason, the first chapter is aptly titled “Play it Safe”, and safety equipment is always included in the materials listings.

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