Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “Friendsgiving” as “A meal with a Thanksgiving-ish vibe but it’s not exactly *on* Thanksgiving day and it’s mainly for friends and not family, obviously.”
We know that not every Friendsgiving is the same, so here are the five types of gatherings you might attend, and which game from The Jackbox Party Pack 5 is best suited to the occasion:
If you work in retail, you are likely to be scheduled on one of the days sandwiching Thanksgiving (Thanks, capitalism). On this occasion, everyone will be a bit miffed because they wanted to be with their Gan-Gan in South Dakota. Instead, they are with the people they see every day while folding tank tops.
Why: Take all the fury you feel about missing your Auntie’s mashed potatoes and channel it into an absolutely scathing rap that destroys your Assistant Manager. After all, she is the one who made the schedule.
The Sorta Friendsgiving
You might end up at a Friendsgiving with a bunch of near-strangers, in which case you are usually required to be on your best behavior. If you end up at a stifling, polite meal, you can break out a game to loosen things up a smidge.
Why: This game is interactive, engaging, and does most of the work for you. Sit back and let us entertain you with jokes and trivia.
The Big Friendsgiving
If there are more than a handful of your friends meeting up this year, you’ll discover two things: 1.) Way too many people brought chips as their “side dish,” and 2.) You’ll need a game that takes advantage of the big crowd.
We had a great time on the Jackbox Stage at TwitchCon 2018. Thanks to all of the amazing streamers that joined us to play games from The Jackbox Party Pack 5. And, a big thank you to the audience members that joined us. Here are some of our favorite moments:
Did you like the panel art on our control room?
The stage in all of its glory.
Working hard in the control room!
Thanks to our friend, CityofStad, for hosting one of our panels!
Looking at very important and serious things in the control room.
Havok, iambrandon, and Zotbot on the Jackbox Games stage.
Thanks to everyone that played along with us at Jackbox.tv!
Prepping sick Mad Verse City verses.
The Jackbox crew starting the stream on Day 2.
Work hard, eat hard.
Kate Stark, therealguyjudge and JaXboxChick joined us on Day 3!
Thanks to Team Catalyst for being our final panel and for destroying each other in Mad Verse City for our entertainment!
The final hour of streaming with the Jackbox crew.
Our stream ended on this screen. Thanks for the memories, TwitchCon!
You can watch all of our streams from TwitchCon 2018 on our Twitch channel.
CHICAGO – Oct. 17, 2018 – Jackbox Games has officially released The Jackbox Party Pack 5. This newest, most irreverent package of off-the-wall party games is available today for $29.99 on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, Windows PC, Mac and Linux, Comcast’s Xfinity X1, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.
The powers of five new party games combine to form one mega party game extravaganza in The Jackbox Party Pack 5:
YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: Full Stream: The classic pop-culture trivia mash-up returns, full of wild new surprises (1-8 players)!
Split the Room: Create strange and divisive hypothetical situations in this wacky what-if game (3-8 Players)!
Mad Verse City: The lyric-writing game that lets you channel your inner MC as a rap battling robot (3-8 players)!
Patently Stupid: Create odd inventions to solve bizarre problems in this new competitive drawing game (3-8 players)!
Zeeple Dome: Fling yourself at bloodthirsty aliens to win millions of Zubabucks in the deadliest game show in the Crab Nebula (1-6 players)!
Games in The Jackbox Party Pack series support phones, tablets and computers as controllers. Just go to Jackbox.tv on your device and enter the room code to play. Up to 10,000 additional audience members can join specific games to affect their final outcome. Other options like extended timers, manual censoring and family-friendly modes make it easy for families and streamers to host the perfect party.
Oh, hello! Your car couldn’t have broken down in a more fortuitous spot. I mean, what are the chances it would happen over these road spikes outside my house? I was hoping to get a few more guests for this night of Jackbox party games! It must be fate!
Quick, come in from the rain! The storm is supposed to last for hours and there are so many spooky and delightful games we can play.
*Sound of Creaky Door Opening*
One does not need a cavernous mansion like mine in order to create a chilling eve of ghoulish giggles and horrific puns. All you need is Jackbox Games and a strong stomach (because of the sheer number of belly laughs)! Haha what?! NO, that’s not a corpse in the corner! Quick, look at these games on the TV screen!
This terrifying trivia game is hosted by a deranged serial killer—which is definitely not a role I can relate to whatsoever.
You are a kidnapped contestant who’s forced to participate in a sick and demented game show. In order to survive, you’ll have to demonstrate both book smarts and street smarts. If you get a question wrong, you are dragged to the Killing Floor, where you fight for survival in a variety of cutthroat mini games.
The action culminates with an intense race to escape. Can you get out alive? There’s only one way to find out… (By playing the game. Sorry, was that not obvious?)
What’s scarier than being chained up in a dungeon? Being stuck in a nebulous void.
In this game of bizarre hypothetical scenarios, you create unworldly situations with the goal of splitting the room’s response. You hold the power as your force your opponents to play out terrifying (but amusing) scenes.
Anything is possible in this multidimensional party game; it’s only limited by your creativity. And isn’t your imagination the scariest place of all?
This party game combines two of the scariest things in the world: monsters and online dating.
Monster Seeking Monster is a strategy game where you try to woo your fellow creatures of the night via text messages. But be careful who you date. Every monster has secret skills that can harm your chances of winning.
Let’s just hope your romantic messages are enough to make an invisible person visibly blush.
Sure, these Jackbox staples might not seem like the spookiest games on the surface, but you clearly haven’t played them with user-generated content!
*Bigger Thunder Clash*
Use these codes to access custom Halloween episodes of Quiplash 2 and Drawful 2!
Yes, you have the ability to create Halloween-inspired prompts for both of these games! For example, what would be your Quiplash 2 response to the prompt: “Worst thing to say while stuck in some creepy guy’s mansion”? Or how would you draw something like, “Guest unable to leave some creepy guy’s mansion”?
….both of those prompts are a little bit sinister, but very relevant to your current situation.
We’re only one week away from the release of The Jackbox Party Pack 5 on major digital platforms. All week, we’ve been revealing trailers for the individual games in the new pack.
Last but not least, here’s the official trailer for Mad Verse City:
If you’re feeling a sense of melancholy that there aren’t more new trailers in your future, here are a few things you can do to feel better:
Pre-order The Jackbox Party Pack 5 for PC/Mac/Linux here. If you pre-order now, you’ll save $5. You’re all set to party on October 17th!
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Join us on October 17th for an extra-long “Launch Day Marathon Stream” of all of the games in The Jackbox Party Pack 5. We’re playing the new games from 12noon CT – 7 pm CT. Tune in on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, or Facebook Live.
Zeeple Dome and the rest of The Jackbox Party Pack 5 will be released on major digital platforms (including PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Comcast Xfinity, and Apple TV) on Wednesday, October 17th. Save $5 by pre-ordering The Jackbox Party Pack 5 for PC/Mac/Linux here.