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!
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How well do you know your friends? Like, reeeeeeaaaaalllly know them? Could they be hiding something from you? Like, maybe they are allergic to shellfish… or they dream of being in the circus… or they’re actually from outer space and are trying to kill you and the rest of the humans on your ship?!!!
Okay, that last one is unlikely, but it IS the premise to the third game in The Jackbox Party Pack 6: Push The Button!
In Push The Button, you and your friends are minding your own business, just flying through space when suddenly, you discover that your ship has been infiltrated by shape-shifting aliens! The aliens have one goal: take over your ship at any cost.
Fortunately, your helpful AI guide has found a way to (hopefully) detect the aliens; a series of tests that require humans to write or draw responses to challenging prompts or defend their answers to divisive questions.
How does this help you find the aliens? Simple. Take the Drawing Test for example: Humans would receive the prompt “draw a couple in love” while aliens would receive the prompt “draw an elderly couple.” As a result, the drawings will be close but not the same to raise suspicion.
Once you think you’ve figured out who the aliens are, you can PUSH THE BUTTON, which will you allow you to shove the suspected aliens into an airlock and shoot them into the cold void of space.
Sounds easy, right? Oh wait. We forgot to mention the timer. You have to do all of this before the timer runs out or the aliens win. I bet that shut you up. Or knowing the internet, it didn’t.
Push The Button support four to ten players who really like to yell at each other.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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In the Dictionarium, you’re served up hot, fresh, never-seen-before words and it’s your job to define them. The definition with the most votes wins, but you’re not off the hook yet! You’ll also come up with a synonym and use the word in a sentence.
By the end of the game, you’ve collectively created an entirely new dictionary entry, which will be forever enshrined in the Dictionarium by it’s faithful keeper.
Who is the faithful keeper of the Dictionarium?
Thank you for asking! She’s upbeat, odd, and Northern European…we think? We didn’t ask her in the beginning and now it’s too late. Words appear to her in unexpected places and she brings them home to the Dictionarium to be defined. She’s like the horse whisperer, but for words. Incidentally, she can also communicate with horses.
Dictionarium supports 3-8 players and an audience of thousands of word-lovers.
Look out for Dictionarium in The Jackbox Party Pack 6, coming this fall on major digital platforms! Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates on when you’ll be able to see Dictionarium play-throughs.
Drawful 2 and Quiplash 2 have a “Make Your Own” mode that allows you to play the game with your own custom prompts, or prompts made by others. Here’s how it works.
Playing a Custom Episode
When someone publishes a custom episodes of Drawful 2 or Quiplash 2, the game generates a seven-digit code for easy sharing. Something like “CTR-BLIQ”. Once you have a code, playing the episode is easy.
Start the game normally, and enter the lobby. We’ll use Quiplash 2 in this example, but it works the same in Drawful 2.
The first player in the lobby (the VIP) will have the EPISODES MENU button. Hit that, then enter the custom episode code and press submit. Any episodes you’ve played previously will also be listed on this screen.
The lobby will change to reflect that the custom episode has been loaded. Once all the players have joined, you can start the game normally and enjoy those sweet custom prompts! Easy!
NOTE: In most cases, custom episodes are cross-platform. So, an episode made on a PC will work on an Xbox One and vice versa. The one exception is PlayStation 4, which can only play episodes made on other PlayStation 4 consoles.
Making Your Own Custom Episode
But enough about playing other people’s dumb prompts. Here’s how to make your own.
Choose the MAKE YOUR OWN option from the main menu.
Log into the Make Your Own Lobby by going to jackbox.tv on your device and entering the four-digit code displayed onscreen.
Choose CREATE A NEW EPISODE and give it a snappy name. If you’ve previously made an episode, you can load it up for editing from this screen.
Then you (and any others who log in) can write prompts and add them to the episode. The VIP (first player to log in) can delete prompts they don’t like by hitting the X next to the prompt.
Tap the icons at the top to hide the prompts from the TV screen if you want them to be secret, or to hide the prompts other players type from your own device.
When you’re done adding prompts, press DONE. You’ll want at least 16 prompts for an eight-player game of Quiplash 2, or 12 prompts for a six-player game of Drawful 2. The game will use built-in content if you don’t have enough.
The next screen will let you EDIT (go back to adding prompts), PUBLISH (get a code to share your episode with others), PLAY (load your custom episode in the game lobby to play), DELETE (delete!), or go BACK TO EPISODES to see the list of episodes or make a new one. There’s no need to manually save an episode. It’s saved automatically as you make it. There’s also no need to make a game public by publishing it if you only want to play it locally.
If you choose to publish, you’ll have to agree to the terms of service. Then you’ll get a code that will let anyone load and play your episode!
It’s time for our second-ever fan spotlight and this time, we’d like to introduce you to one of our most dedicated fanart content creators, Uxie! We’re lucky to be regularly blessed with new art from Uxie and she’s one of our wonderful mods in the Jackbox Games Discord server. Meet Uxie!
When did you first hear about and/or play Jackbox Games?
Surprisingly, I first heard about it through Drawful! Thanks to YouTube putting it into my recommendations, if I recall correctly. However, it wasn’t until Trivia Murder Party that I ended up becoming intrigued and eventually a fan! Trivia Murder Party was even the first game I excitedly played in a Twitch stream.
How has Jackbox Games impacted your life?
I believe Jackbox Games has had a pretty big impact. If it wasn’t for the discovery, not only would I have not drawn fan art, but as well as many other things that I was inspired to create and draw to this day. That and the community is amazing and I’ve met such great people! Even if I sit back and relax during streams, I’m happy with how I’ve been able to talk with the team and look forward to upcoming games… To think I’ve witnessed the reveals of pack 4 and 5, and now 6? Time flies!
Which is your favorite Jackbox Games title and why?
While Trivia Murder Party is obviously my root into the community, if I had to choose one next to that? Probably Patently Stupid! It always makes me laugh – especially when I’m able to present with a voice. That and making some strange, weird or creative stuff as inventions. I usually can go for a round 2 of Patently Stupid!
For someone who has never played Jackbox Games before, which game do you recommend starting with and why?
Quiplash 2 is a good one that I’ve played with others but if you’re a trivia kind of person, try out YDKJ: Full Stream and Fibbage 3! Are you someone who likes to doodle? Tee K.O. and Patently Stupid can be fun! (You could also try out Trivia Murder Party to get into the hype for its sequel!)
You create so much cool Jackbox Games fanart! What’s your favorite stuff to draw related to our games?
Thank you so much!! I’m really happy to have had my art seen by the team! It’s true that I’ve drawn fanart for different games over the years but I’d say…Trivia Murder Party, of course. I’ve always really liked the little doll avatars and they’re fun to draw! (I end up excited for the reveals of the ones that’ll appear in the sequel as well!) Zeeple Dome was another game that was fun to draw about too! I even drew a whole band inspired by its soundtrack once.
Ok, sure, July 4th is still ten days away. Can you blame us for wanting to get into the holiday weekend spirit a bit sooner?
Start prepping for your party now by getting these custom Independence Day-themed episodes of Quiplash 2 and Drawful 2 ready to play beforehand. When you fire up a game, the first player will have the Episodes Menu on their mobile device after entering the room code. Choose to load an episode by ID and use the codes in the image below. Your lobby will change to reflect that the custom episode has loaded. For more information on custom episodes of these games, click here.
Not an owner of these games YET? Visit the The Jackbox Party Pack 3 (this pack includes Quiplash 2) and Drawful 2 game pages for information on available platforms and seasonal sales of these titles.