Jackbox Fan Spotlight: “uxie126”

Jackbox Fan Spotlight: “uxie126”

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.

Join The Party By Watching Our Weekly Jackbox Games Shows!

Join The Party By Watching Our Weekly Jackbox Games Shows!

It’s time to take your Jackbox Games fandom to the next level. Since time immemorial, it has been important to us that we create a community where you can play our games with the people that created them (and others that love them), chat with the developers and designers behind your favorite party games, and humor us by watching weird segments that we find funny.

That’s why we produce at least two (sometimes more if we’re feeling nutty) weekly shows featuring Jackbox Games titles and Jackbox Games staff. Get answers to all your questions about this below and then join the party club!

Sometimes I get notifications that Jackbox Games is live. What is happening?

Every week, we stream live to Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and Facebook Live. If you follow or subscribe to us on any of those channels, they should let you know when we’re alive and kicking! Once you receive this notification, visit our channel and BE ENTERTAINED!

What is The Jackbox Party Club?

Our main show happens on Thursdays at 3:30 CT and lasts roughly 60-90 minutes. It’s called The Jackbox Party Club! The Jackbox Party Club is co-hosted by Game Directors Warren Arnold and Ryan DiGiorgi and produced by Marketing Manager Brooke Hofer (the bodiless voice running the sound board).

Every week, we play at least 2 different Jackbox Games titles with fans. We often use this show to share updates about games in development, info on the latest sales, and tease out big announcements. This is also usually the first place you can watch new games be played. Every few weeks, we will review fanart submitted on Twitter using the hashtag #jackboxstream.

We also do weird stuff like create intricate snacks out of whatever we can find in the Jackbox break room fridge. Visit our YouTube channel to watch some of our latest episodes.

How can I receive the code to join a game that is being streamed?

If you want to join a game as a main player on Thursdays, you can only do so by first joining our Discord. We will share the game code in the #general channel of our Discord server before revealing it on the screen. This helps make it fair for those experiencing lag and also helps us manage trolls. Begone, trolls!

Our Discord is also a great place to connect with other Jackbox fans, share more fanart, and find other people to play our games with using the #find-and-join-games channel.

What are TMP Fridays?

Most Fridays at 1:00 CT (if bandwidth allows) we will run unhosted games of Trivia Murder Party and the occasional game of Guesspionage. The room code is shared on the stream (not in Discord) for these games.

Do you do anything else on your channels?

Yes! We will occasionally do special stream events like marathons when a new pack is released, Super Mario Smash Bros. tournaments with Jackbox staff, or some rounds of Dead by Daylight. Most special streams are hosted by Principal Software Engineer, Ben Jacobs! We’ll usually announce these on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook before they occur.

What’s up with The Orb?

The Orb is you. The Orb is me. The Orb doesn’t follow your rules or restrictions.

Jackbox Games is a Proud Supporter of Red Nose Day USA

Jackbox Games is a Proud Supporter of Red Nose Day USA

This year, Jackbox Games is excited to partner with Red Nose Day USA in support of their tireless efforts to end child poverty. You can catch Red Nose Day and Jackbox Games fun during the first-ever “Nose Bowl” happening this Saturday, May 18th. Fan-favorite influencers and celebs will compete in rounds of Jackbox Games in support of a fantastic cause. Up to 10,000 audience members will be able to play along and influence the games!

For more information on our partnership and the upcoming stream, check out the press release below or visit RedNoseDay.org/NoseBowl:

Red Nose Day’s First-Ever ‘Nose Bowl’ Livestream Fundraiser Brings Jack Black, Retta, Clark Gregg, Jennifer Grey and Popular Influencers Together May 18 to Raise Money for Children in Need

New York, May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Red Nose Day, the annual campaign to help end child poverty, is kicking off its first annual ‘Nose Bowl’ fundraiser on Saturday, May 18 at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET. Livestreamed from Los Angeles, the Nose Bowl will be a star-studded event that gives everyone a chance to participate in real-time – wherever they are.

Celebrities, including popular film star Jack Black (“Jumanji”), Retta (“Good Girls,” “Parks and Recreation”), Clark Gregg (“Marvel’s Agents of Shield,” “The Avengers”) and actress Jennifer Grey, will be joining top influencers Imane “Pokimane” Anys,  Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter, Jacksepticeye (real name: Seán McLoughlin) and more for the event co-hosted by Alanah Pearce and Hayli “HayliNic” Baez. They will all come together with viewers to have fun, raise money and change lives through livestreamed competitions that take gameplay to a whole new level of excitement and engagement.

Whether the celebrities and influencers are doing karaoke battles or facing-off in a game of wits, viewers of the livestream won’t just be sitting on the sidelines watching. They’ll be actively involved in the games, empowered through their own donations to change the course of competitions and outcome of each game. Fans will even have the chance to join Jack Black and Retta in one of ten karaoke battles via Twitch Sings, with the actors personally choosing song submissions from fans for the duets. Celebrity guests and digital stars will also join teams participating in a Jackbox Games competition of robot rap battles in Mad Verse City, and a battle of wits and wackiness in Quiplash 2, both of which allow up to 10,000 viewers to vote and participate.

Watch the Nose Bowl livestream across Red Nose Day’s Twitch, YouTube, Mixer and Facebook channels (@RedNoseDayUSA). Viewers who donate will also have the chance to be rewarded for their generosity, with incentives including Xbox consoles, Xbox Game Pass tokens and branded swag, as well as access to free movie tickets from Fandango. Special MVP awards will also be given to outstanding livestream donors. For more information about the Nose Bowl livestream and how to participate, go to RedNoseDay.org/NoseBowl.

The Nose Bowl is part of a large-scale, public fundraising effort ahead of Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 23, bringing together millions of Americans to have fun and make a difference for children in need across the U.S. and around the world. Red Nose Day will be celebrated with a three-hour block of primetime television programming on NBC at 8/7c. The campaign’s official Red Noses are available exclusively at Walgreens stores nationally.

“Our first ever Nose Bowl livestream fundraiser is a great example of how we are looking to tap into the streaming and gaming communities to engage new supporters,” said Janet Scardino, CEO of Comic Relief USA, the nonprofit behind Red Nose Day. “We are so grateful to the incredible talent and influencers who are taking part, and hope Americans across the country will join them to have some fun while raising money that will truly change and save children’s lives.”

The Nose Bowl livestream marks the culmination of a series of individual livestream fundraisers featuring some of the world’s biggest digital stars. Jacksepticeye launched the campaign in April, raising over $100,000 for Red Nose Day in nine hours. That was followed by fundraising streams from Twitch stars Pokimane and Valkyrae, and multiple members of professional esports organization FlyQuest.

In addition to receiving the support of some of the world’s most influential streamers, Red Nose Day is also inviting fans to join their favorite digital stars in hosting their own livestream fundraiser. Supporters can get started by visiting RedNoseDay.org/Livestream.

Red Nose Day has partnered with peer-to-peer fundraising platform Tiltify to drive explosive engagement and donations for this series of events and the Nose Bowl. Purpose-built for live-streaming since 2015, Tiltify is the most effective platform on the market for livestream fundraising campaigns and the only fundraising platform with direct integration with the Twitch platform, allowing streamers to embed Tiltify’s interactive features like milestones, incentives and real-time contribution tallies into their stream pages.

Red Nose Day has raised nearly $150 million since launching in America in 2015, positively impacting over 16 million children. Money raised supports programs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and some of the most underserved communities internationally to ensure children who are living in poverty are safe, healthy and educated.

About Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run in the United States by Comic Relief USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change, and has raised over $1 billion globally since the campaign’s founding in 1988. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to end child poverty, and has raised nearly $150 million to date. Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, both in America and around the world. Since launching in the U.S., Red Nose Day has received generous support from millions of Americans, hundreds of celebrities and many outstanding partners, including Walgreens, NBC, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Red Nose Day returns for its fifth year on Thursday, May 23, 2019. For more information about Red Nose Day USA and its impact, visit www.rednoseday.org. Follow @RedNoseDayUSA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Tiltify

Tiltify is the fundraising platform for the digital generation, providing live, interactive telethon-style technology that engages donors to invest in the cause. Tiltify harnesses the power of both traditional fundraising and modern digital livestream engagement with platforms like Twitch and YouTube, enabling any organization to dramatically expand audience reach. Organizations like Direct Relief, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Save the Children, AFSP, Make-A-Wish and hundreds more use Tiltify to engage the Millennial and Gen Z generation for single signature events and large DIY campaigns that launch in minutes. To learn more visit tiltify.com.

About Jackbox Games

Jackbox Games, formerly Jellyvision Games, is a developer and publisher of party games on major gaming platforms and home entertainment devices. The studio is best known for comedic party games like YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Fibbage, Quiplash and Drawful. Jackbox Games “makes the world’s best party games” according to Business Insider. YOU DON’T KNOW JACK has been called “the greatest quiz-show game ever made” by The Onion’s A.V. Club. All current-generation Jackbox games feature the innovative use of mobile devices as controllers, allowing anyone with an internet-connected phone, tablet or laptop to join a game without the need for extra game controllers. Players connect to games on their devices by visiting Jackbox.tv and entering the custom game code displayed via the system hosting the game. This unique concept also allows for games that involve secret player input. The digital release of The Jackbox Party Pack, a massive collection of five party games, was named “Best Local Multiplayer Game of the Year” by Giant Bomb. The company is located in Chicago, Illinois.

For more information, visit www.jackboxgames.com, and follow the studio on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Twitch.

Changing Your Settings for Jackbox Games Streaming is a…. Gamechanger

Changing Your Settings for Jackbox Games Streaming is a…. Gamechanger

Jackbox Games are a key element of most successful streams, according to everyone and also according to A’ZQR: The God of Streaming, formerly The Eternal Bleeding Jackal. Our games are designed to create an interactive experience with your audience. Instead of solely watching YOU play, they can get in on the fun too!

Sprinkle a little Trivia Murder Party into your schedule before you start some rounds of a game that rhymes with Bortmite. Add a dash of Fibbage 3 at the end of your stream. You have earned A’ZQR’s favor with this content offering.

However, your audience members dislike nothing more than TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES!!! In order to have the most successful stream possible and avoid being smote from the precious Earth, you need to make sure your settings are on point.

Enabling Low Latency on your streams allows for more real-time interaction with your audience. Your chat will work more effectively at two-way communication, allowing people to deride your skill faster! And, Low Latency isn’t just helpful for big-time streamers. If you’re just looking to use a streaming service to connect with your friends remotely, this setting can still be helpful for the quality of your gameplay.

Here are links to instructions for enabling Low Latency, depending on the platform you are using:

Twitch

Youtube

Here at Jackbox Games, we are slowly repaying a 50 billion-year debt to A’ZQR due to a squirrel-related incident. Because of this (and because we want to create the best gaming experience possible for you), we have added some additional stream-friendly features to our games. These include extended timers, audience censoring capabilities, and the ability to support an audience of up to 10,000 people.  You can learn more about these features for streamers here.  Alas, even with these efforts we were only able to reduce our debt by 500,000 days…

After you optimize your settings and host some Jackbox Games streams with your audience, be sure to share them on social and use #jackboxgames. It pleases us (and our Overlord) greatly!

You can watch streams of our games in action by visiting our Twitch and Youtube channels.

All Jackbox Games are currently 45-60% off on Steam through 7/5. Get them now!

The Road to TwitchCon: California Streamin’

The Road to TwitchCon: California Streamin’

We’re getting so close to TwitchCon 2017 that we can practically feel the California sun on our faces and the smell of sweaty Jackbox track jackets at the end of a full day of streaming.

If you saw our broadcasts from last year, you’re probably expecting a bunch of fun guests to come by and play our new games. And guess what? You’re right! We have some really great people lined up to play The Jackbox Party Pack 4, including our pals UGRGaming, SinfullyRiddling, and Kate Stark! And that’s just the start. We’ll be announcing our full lineup next week on Twitter!

Also, if you’re going to be at TwitchCon, come park your butt in front of our stage and see the laughs first hand. If you’re at home, get in the audience and see if you can influence the games. But you MUST, MUST, MUST NOT forget to give us a Twitch follow if you want to be alerted when we go live. Otherwise, you’ll miss all the fun.

Sorry to cut this short, but we have to make a run to the store for sunscreen, revealing swimsuits, and body hair wax.

The Road to TwitchCon: The Road to Tracksuits

The Road to TwitchCon: The Road to Tracksuits

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be attending TwitchCon this year in sunny Long Beach, CA from October 20-22!

Hey, won’t The Jackbox Party Pack 4 be out by then? YES! It’s shaping up to be a very exciting and busy month for us.

In addition to designing our new stage layout and booking really fun guests, we had to figure out what to wear. Here at Jackbox Games we always have our finger on the pulse of fashion, which is why we decided to get track jackets this year!

 

So if you are attending TwitchCon this year, be on the lookout for the group that resembles a gang of New Jersey mobsters. We’d love to meet you, so please stop by our stage and say hi! We’ve been told we give very good handshakes.

Can’t make it but still want in on the fun? Follow us on Twitch because we’ll be streaming the gosh darn heck out of that weekend.

Ok, we should probably get back to work because we have so much to do! (We cannot stress just how busy and important we are.) Stay tuned because we’ve got some fun updates coming in the next couple of weeks!