Heading to PAX East next week? Join us and staff members from GameChanger Charity and Child’s Play for a Charity Challenge featuring our party games! Also included on the panel will be a few of your favorite YouTubers like Crispy Concords and Im Suda and Penny Arcade designer Gavin Greco.
Here’s what you need to know…
Date and Time: Friday, March 29th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Location: The Bobcat Theater at PAX East (Boston Convention and Exposition Center)
Those that donate will have the chance to win one of many Jackbox Games being raffled off before and after the stream.
Can’t make it to PAX East? No problem! You can still support the kiddos and enter to win some awesome Jackbox prizes by texting “GGB” to 41444. For every $100 raised, donors of $5 or more are eligible to win their own copy of Jackbox Party Pack 5. Donors of $10 or more are automatically entered to win 1 of 20 Jackpox Quintpacks. If the $10k fundraising goal is hit, donors of $5 or more will also be eligible to win an Xbox One prize package, including exclusive swag provided by GameChanger Charity and Child’s Play!
About the Gamers Give Back Program
The Gamers Give Back Tour is a partnership between Child’s Play Charity and GameChanger Charity that seeks to deliver hope and happiness to hospitalized kids and their caretakers across the country and around the world.
In 2018, GGB supported more than 2,800 patients across 35 hospitals with $298,383.92 worth in toys and gifts.
By reaching the $10k fundraising goal, donors will help #GamersGiveBack reach even more patients and families internationally in 2019.
As we emerge from the icy tundra that was January and February throughout most of the country (not every sentence is for YOU, Phoenix), so comes an important revelation.
We aren’t limited to a crumb-ridden sofa when playing Jackbox Games anymore. We’re free. Parties can happen anywhere now and heading over to our local dive bar or friend’s apartment suddenly doesn’t seem like such a chore!
If you’re not aware, Jackbox Games are available on a baker’s dozen of digital platforms. While technically all platforms are portable if you have a cleaned-out car, some are more so than others. If you’re looking to add to your party game collection and portability is an important factor for you, consider one of the following platforms:
iPad: A straightforward option with a twist… When you purchase a party pack on your iPad, you can also play it on your Apple TV!
Mac or PC laptop: This one’s simple. Laptop + HDMI cord = Endless fun. Laptop sitting on coffee table + pizza = Endless cheesy fun.
Amazon Fire TV stick:Download a party pack on your Stick and then stick that sucker into the USB port of your buddy’s big screen. It’s not as dirty as it sounds! Unless you want it to be!
Nintendo Switch: Grab a doc to hook your Switch up to another’s TV or sit around your Switch to play along at the rooftop party or outdoor location of your choice!
Remember: All Jackbox Games require Internet access to play. If you’re heading to a bar or bringing them to a picnic, you’ll need a portable Wifi hotspot, or something similar. We’ve found that tethering the game system to your phone works great as long as you have service.
There you have it, friends! Spring forth from your musty dwellings and bring the gift of dope party games to those near and far. And, be sure to keep an eye on our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages for updates on the latest Jackbox Games sales.
We know that you don’t need an excuse to play Jackbox Games on St. Patrick’s Day. The party’s already planned. Friends know which iteration on spinach dip they’re bringing. You’ve figured out how to stream The Luck of the Irish. (Why would you do that to yourself?)
Everyone wants their St. Patrick’s Day party to be the MOST green and the MOST lucky, right? Ensure that the games you play are just as green as your tongue after drinking all that light beer with green food coloring:
Green Score: 2 out of 5 shamrocks
Frankly, there’s not much green here. Calling this game green is as much of a stretch as some of the sound effects you use to describe situations in Earwax.
Green Score: 3 out of 5 shamrocks
Could Fibbage 2 in The Jackbox Party Pack 2 be greener? Sure. Could the lie you submit in this bluffing trivia game be more convincing? Sure. Look, it’s a party and it’s about having fun and not being too critical.
Everybody knows that Jackbox Games bring the party. But what happens when Jackbox Games ARE the party? When Jackbox fan Jim Perry turned 50 this year, he decided to test this out! If you’re looking for inspiration about how you can take your Jackbox nights to the next level, look no further!
Step 1: Form Your Teams
You don’t HAVE to have snazzy lanyards to signify which team you are on but don’t these look cool? Jim’s party involved 3 teams of 6 people playing on separate TVs all at the same time.
Step 2: Choosing Your Game
Yes, there will be that party attendee that demands Trivia Murder Party like Freebird at a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. To keep things fair and encourage some variety at your party, consider creating a random system for which game comes up next. It also takes some of the pressure off of you as the host. For Jim’s party, they found a prize wheel online and Jackboxified it.
Step 3: Make Sure Everyone Has a Good Time!
If you’re playing with friends who are new to Jackbox Games, it’s advisable that you spend some time making sure everyone understands how to play. Before they started to keep score, Jim played a few practice rounds with attendees. And, to really up the ante, he created these grammar cheat sheets to ensure that everyone’s Mad Verse City raps could pass an English test!
Step 4: Figure Out a Scoring System
Everyone loves a party with stakes. In Jim’s case, they tracked scores in 4 rounds of games and declared a first place winner, a second place winner, and, to keep things quirky, a ninth place winner. (Although, based on this scoreboard, a Jeff was bound to win all along.) A code for The Jackbox Party Pack 5 made for a sweet prize and everyone received an evening of silliness and merriment.
Next time you have a birthday around the corner, consider Jim’s sweet setup to guarantee a good time for all! Start building your collection of party packs now.
If you’re not playing Jackbox Games at your work happy hour, is it truly an hour of happiness? Yes, our games provide merriment and revelry amongst friends and family, but did you know that they also double as killer team building activities? Or, at the very least, a structured social activity that can cut through the tension of awkward small talk. You’ll never have to hear about Jim’s root canal debacle again!
If you’re already the boss (literally, not figuratively) give one of our party packs a whirl on a Friday afternoon. If you’re not in charge, (and really, none of us are in this rat race we call existence) become everyone’s new favorite coworker when you buy one of our packs on sale as a gift for the office.
A few things to consider before you get a game going:
Our handy, dandy “How to Play” video will take some of the burden off of you explaining how to get started.
Some offices have firewalls that block Jackbox.tv, the page that players will need to open in their browser in order to connect to the game. Test this ahead of time and if possible, have a wifi hotspot ready to use as a backup. Then immediately apply for a cooler job where they allow our games.
Jim might use the user-generated content opportunities to mention his root canal debacle again. This can’t be avoided, but you can send a subtle message by not voting for his answers.
Many of our recent games have Family Friendly settings that you can turn on in the game’s lobby menu before starting. This is HIGHLY recommended for an office environment! Unless you are an agent of complete and utter chaos.
Not sure which pack to go with to start the party work-sanctioned activity? Our most recent pack, The Jackbox Party Pack 5, has something for everyone! Practice your pitching and presentation skills in Patently Stupid, show off your trivia knowledge in You Don’t Know Jack: Full Stream, or channel your rage by destroying aliens in Zeeple Dome, to name a few!
Unless you’re a Leo, it can be fairly difficult to make decisions. The charts say you will face many challenges this week and selecting the perfect game for an upcoming get together shouldn’t be one of them. As a Capricorn, I feel the need to share my wisdom.
After consulting several online horoscopes, I have found the best Jackbox Party Game for you! Based on your zodiac sign/the games that Marketing told me to push!
Aries – Split the Room
Aries are addicted to drama. Their favorite game is shouting Big, Little Lies spoilers in yoga class, but watching their friends Split the Room through kooky “what-ifs” is the next best thing.
Taurus – Bomb Corp.
If you need to deactivate a bomb, don’t call the police…call a Taurus. They are patient and love to work under pressure. They are also great lovers, so they know how to delay a premature explosion.
Gemini – Zeeple Dome
Zeeple Dome has the bright colors, upbeat music and constant violence that impatient Gemini’s demand. We made them third on the list because there is no way they’re reading the whole thing.
Cancer – Tee K.O.
A sentimental crab would love to have a souvenir from family game night. Tee K.O. allows them to actually make a T-Shirt they can buy…because the stars also say Cancer’s love T-Shirts.
Leo – Trivia Murder Party
If you know a Leo, they are plotting to kill you. Trivia Murder Party might sate their bloodlust and need to prove themselves superior…at least for one night.
Virgo – Fibbage/Fibbage XL
Human emotions are just puzzles for Virgos. Fibbage allows them to decipher truth from lies, a valuable skill for these robots trying to learn how to feel.
I played Drawfulwith a Scorpio and not only did they create three priceless works of arts, but they redecorated my living room and saved my marriage with their inspiring images.
Sagittarius – Monster Seeking Monster
If you’re a practical person…you want know which of your friends are werewolves and which ones are witches. A Sagittarius wants to get this sorted through a round of Monster Seeking Monster before any other game is played.
Capricorn – Quiplash
Full disclosure; I am a Capricorn. Which is why I love Quiplash, because it rewards you for being the funniest, most attractive and overall best person in the room.
Aquarius – Mad Verse City
An Aquarius loves to share. Play the rapping game Mad Verse City and ensure everyone gets served. (The charts say you will find this pun delightful)
Pisces – Patently Stupid
Pisces are very superstitious so I’m sad to say all signs indicate that if you do not play Patently Stupidin the next 48 hours, you will doom your life and become unappealing to all potential friends/suitors.