Jackbox Fan Spotlight: Stad St. Fleur

Jackbox Fan Spotlight: Stad St. Fleur

Stad is the inspiration for us doing this blog series about fans who mean a lot to us. We only are able to get to know most of our fans in a digital sense but we have had the extreme pleasure of getting to meet Stad and have him become an honorary member of our “family.” 

Stad recorded himself being interviewed with the questions we sent over and rather than share them in a formal Q&A format, we want to give you the chance to hear from Stad more directly as he shares his Jackbox journey. It’s heartwarming and just another reason why we love him all so much! A big virtual round of applause for Stad; one of our most appreciated super fans.

From our friend, Stad:

I heard about Jackbox Games in middle school (back when Jackbox was Jellyvision). It was the ‘90s and I remember going to an Electronics Boutique and seeing this big, giant head that said “YOU DON’T KNOW JACK TELEVISION.” It looked really cool and interesting!

Later on, I was at the Computer Museum in Boston. One of the exhibits they were showcasing had different software and there it was again – YOU DON’T KNOW JACK (YDKJ) was one of the games being featured! (Although, thinking about it now, that was pretty inappropriate for a museum geared toward children!) I kept wanting to know more. 

After these initial glimpses, the true impact of Jackbox on my life really began in 6th or 7th grade. One of my advisors at school knew that I really liked YOU DON’T KNOW JACK and gave me a copy of YOU DON’T KNOW JACK TELEVISION for my birthday and because I had been doing well in school. I could only play in her office because I didn’t own a computer powerful enough to run the games. To this day, this is my favorite YDKJ game because it was my first and because I really love it: I’ve always been a TV kid. It was both a game show and a computer game AND it was really well done. The host, Schmitty, was so quick witted and sassy and to this day is still my favorite Jackbox host. I thought, “This is what I want to do.” I wanted to emulate his style and that’s what I try to do to this day.

As I got older, YDKJ and other Jackbox games really were the catalyst for solidifying what I want to do (work in game shows and become a host). Back in 2011, Jackbox put out a new version of YDKJ for consoles and had a Hollywood release party. I really wanted to go and searched all over the Internet to find a ticket. I ended up going with my friend Jolie. It was really fun (a cool Hollywood thing PLUS one of my favorite games of all time). This is where I met Allard, the current Chief Creative Officer. Somewhere, I still have his business card! 

Eventually years later I met Ryan DiGiorgi and Warren Arnold (both game directors at Jackbox). I followed their journey from being fans, to freelance writers, to full-time staff, to game directors. It was like my journey getting into game shows in L.A. In 2010, I started as a Page at CBS and then became the Set PA at The Price is Right, slowly trying to move my way up. It was inspiring for me to see Ryan and Warren work their way to where they are now and know that there are people out there that have dreams and can accomplish them through hard work and determination (and some luck). Ryan even directed the new YOU DON’T KNOW JACK (in Party Pack 5), which was his dream! There are many others at the company who have had an impact as well – Ben’s love for creating games is beyond bounds, Spencer’s humor is hilariously cool and sharp, and Brooke’s marketing and willingness to interact with fans and build community is astounding. I also want to give a shoutout to Andy Poland, Mike Bilder, and Luke Cody (among others). And to Owen Watson, who sent me pins and some character drawings on an envelope when I was going through a tough time. Everyone at Jackbox cares about their fans. I feel lucky to be their friend and we all share the same love of irreverence, humor, and humanity. I’m not joking when I say they’ve had a huge impact on my life. 

I’ll also never forget Brooke coming up to me at TwitchCon 2018 and asking me to host one of the segments on the Jackbox stage. I’d never done something like that and she said, “You’re going to be great. And, you’ll have Ryan and Warren in your ear the whole time!” It was so much fun. (Though it’s a blessing and a curse to have Ryan & Warren in your head… talking… and no one else can hear them but you.)

Editor’s Note: It’s very easy to build a community when you have people like Stad as one of your moderators! And, it’s true – Stad did a great job hosting a segment at TwitchCon and you should tune in when he does it again this year later in September!

Now, I’m a challenge producer on Double Dare, which I could’ve never imagined in my wildest dreams. I watched as a child and I get to work with one of my idols, Marc Summers. And I still try to join Jackbox streams every week. Anyone who is interested in Jackbox Games should come to a Thursday stream and join the Jackbox Discord! (I’m jokingly referred to as the “Mom” of the Jackbox Discord) There’s a whole channel dedicated to fan-made trivia and another dedicated to art. It’s amazing. People really do care and there’s an impact that goes beyond the games. When I sit down and think about it, I can’t imagine myself not having Jackbox in my life. 

My favorite Jackbox Games:

  • Obviously YDKJ is one. I even got an Easter egg in YDKJ: Full Stream! When I input my name in the game, Cookie addresses me directly! When I heard this, I flipped out. 
  • Fakin’ It is also one of my favorites. I love social deduction and it’s one of the games that truly works best when you’re playing with others in the room. The nice thing about Fakin’ It is that you’re never put in a position where you feel like you have to be funny. The game is funny for you and you learn the most hilarious things about people. The style of the game is great too!
  • Bomb Corp. is also a game I really like. It’s a puzzle game (I love puzzles) and if you make a mistake you blow up and have to start over. It has been three years and me and a few of my friends still keep trying to beat that last day of the game! 

If you’ve never been introduced to a Jackbox Game, there are three that encapsulate the essence of Jackbox: 

  • Fibbage is great for trivia lovers, very easy to get started, and can be played seriously or funnily. 
  • Drawful is great for those looking for a drawing-based game. The prompts are ridiculous and the game really gives you the tools to create something funny. 
  • Everyone suggests Quiplash! Quiplash does a good job of showcasing what makes Jackbox party games so good and at the forefront of creating games for the digital age. 

All of these games have sequels too. You can’t go wrong.

It’s funny, when I was living in Boston, all I wanted to do was work at Jackbox. Time goes on, and now I’m in L.A. working at a dream job in my dream industry. I don’t need to work at Jackbox anymore but in some ways, I feel like I achieved that goal of being able to work with and help out a company that I truly admire. I’m so excited to see what cool things are coming next. 

Editor’s Note: At the end of the recording, Stad begins to give personalized shout-outs to several Jackbox team members, congratulating them on new babies, life accomplishments, or even really good facial hair styling. It was a wonderful thing to be able to share with the team while we wind down hard work on The Jackbox Party Pack 6. People like Stad are why we put so much passion into our work. Thank you for giving us the motivation to cross that finish line, Stad! 

The Humble Jackbox Party Bundle is Back!

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Check Out an Early Version of Trivia Murder Party 2!

Check Out an Early Version of Trivia Murder Party 2!

Your first look at a still-in-production version of Trivia Murder Party 2 (coming soon to The Jackbox Party Pack 6) is here!

Watch YouTube stars CaRtOoNz, H2O Delirious, gorillaphent, and Dead Squirrel play a full game now:

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Jackbox Fan Spotlight: House of Darkly

Jackbox Fan Spotlight: House of Darkly

When we started releasing images of the dolls of Trivia Murder Party 2, we couldn’t help but notice a House of Darkly tweet around that time teasing a new plush being created featuring a button. Our whole office shared the tweet in Slack wondering, “Could it mean that House of Darkly is creating a plush about The Believer?!” We hoped and crossed our fingers and lo and behold:

This is one of the many reasons why we love House of Darkly so much. You can check out more amazing House of Darkly creations at her website here. Read on to learn more about one of our favorite fans!

  1. When did you first hear about and/or play Jackbox Games?

I started with You Don’t Know Jack (the first one) when it came out; I have a vague memory of seeing a blurb about the game in a magazine, probably MacAddict which I used to read cover-to-cover. I have conferred with my older brother and we’re pretty sure we bought it in an actual brick and mortar store, either Electronics Boutique or CompUSA. I played it pretty compulsively, against him, my mother when we could rope her in, and just solo. None of my classmates knew what I was talking about. I was deeply obsessed (little has changed, including my cries of “argh” when it was going to be a gibberish question). 

  1. How have Jackbox Games titles impacted your life? 

Honestly? I came to the streams for Seaman nostalgia, and it was a slippery slope from there. But really, Jackbox came back on my radar with gusto because of Hello From the Magic Tavern, though I never forgot about the games. I kept my original CD-ROMs, long past the point where I had a computer that could use them. Cookie’s voice is indelibly burned into my brain. 

The streams were a big deal for me; I work from home, so I plan my hand sewing work so I can justify watching as motivational accompaniment. I really appreciate having the Jackbox folks and their chat as company, and I have gotten extremely good at working, chatting and still playing audience on my phone at the same time. Having time to think creatively in a different way helps me with my art, too. I don’t live close to my friends, but we’ve been able to use a party game to make the party wherever we are; hosting Jackbox night over Discord or playing together in a convention hotel room. Jackbox helps us create a virtual party, a liminal party space if you will. And everyone at the company has been so kind and supportive about my work, which is an amazing feeling because it’s highly mutual. Especially since we’re so close to a time when “gaming” as a concept often tried to present itself as closed drawbridge on a castle with a moat and a lot of angry spikes. A big, colorful bouncy castle with a sign reading “the more the merrier” is very welcome, and makes you want to check out the rest of the carnival too. 

And also someone at the company who knows who they are gave me an easter egg in the Party Pack 5 YDKJ, which was uncovered under such hilarious circumstances and felt so surreal that neither I nor my witness were completely sure it had actually happened. For the record, never assume and then say out loud as the game is launching that it’s okay if you do poorly at trivia because Cookie doesn’t know your name. He might. 

  1. Which Jackbox Games title is your favorite and why? 

It really depends on the mood I’m in, and who I’m playing with. I genuinely enjoy all of them; even Zeeple Dome, which I continue to be fairly bad at. But I have the deepest connection to YDKJ. It was so different than anything else I was playing at the time, and made a huge impression. Most of those games were very self-serious, which was fine; but I grew up playing things like the Hitchhiker’s Guide text adventure and I missed that playful, vaguely antagonistic relationship with a game. I do still have an immediate heart rate increase at the start of the Jack Attack and instinctively lean closer to the computer, even when I’m just watching friends play. And despite that familiarity, I feel like I’m always finding something new the more we play. 

  1. For someone who has never played Jackbox Games before, which game do you recommend starting with and why?

I try to tailor that recommendation to the person I’m trying to convince; I think there are enough varied games that there’s a perfect “in” for pretty much everyone. Everybody knows which friend is the trivia nerd who likes to swoop in with a fact or correction; so for them YDKJ or Fibbage is a good choice. Split the Room or even Patently Stupid work for family members who might not quite know what they’re supposed to do. Art friends are perfect for Drawful or Tee K.O. (though I really like putting people who “can’t draw” in the drawing games). Quiplash is an excellent go to for larger groups when there’s not an obvious leaning. Once you’ve established who the stone-cold weirdos are, then you go for the deeper-cut games. 

  1. You are an amazing artist! What are some of your favorite Jackbox-adjacent plushes you’ve created? 

You can’t compliment me in an interview question, that’s against the law! Larry King will be kicking in your door any moment now. Also this question is a trap, because that really is a “favorite child” type issue, though I’m just now realizing it’s possible parents do have favorite children and all of us who aren’t only children have been lied to. But I do feel that way, and since I definitely have others on my list my answer might change. The Quiplash pals are very joyful as a group and extremely soft, and I put by far the most hours into the YDKJ 4s (which were produced for internal use so I didn’t keep a prototype). Maybe the Patently Stupid lightbulb, because it’s not how I’d normally design a character, but it’s just so chill. I do worry a little bit now, in hindsight, that I’ve let on that I’m a pushover when it comes to peer pressure to make Jackbox plush and I’ll wind up buried in them!  But there are worse, and significantly less cute, ways to go!

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