Jackbox Games Writer

Jackbox Games is best known for its rapidly expanding catalog of critically acclaimed party games, including You Don’t Know Jack, Quiplash, Drawful, Fibbage and Trivia Murder Party. We hope to build on our successful business by pushing the boundaries of party games with new technology, new game concepts and new forms of interactivity. We also hope the sandwich shop doesn’t put too much mayonnaise on our sandwich next time.

Our players interact with a game displayed on a screen using their phones or tablets as controllers. While our games are often played at home in small groups of 2-8 people, we also support large-scale games at conferences or via Twitch streaming, where thousands of users can connect and interact.

We’re a small group (around 25 people) of very talented, funny and creative individuals looking for contract writers to join our Chicago-based team. This contract is expected to last through the end of August, with the possibility of extension. Contract writers are paid on an hourly basis.

This is an in-office position and requires the contractor to work in our Chicago office during the contract period. It is NOT a remote position.

Check out our website for more info about who we are and what we make: www.jackboxgames.com.

HOW QUAINT… BUT WHAT’S THE JOB?

Jackbox Games is in search of contract writers who can generate lots of hilarious and smart (but sometimes dumb) content, on a deadline, for a variety of projects. The writing on these projects ranges from absurd prompts that set players up to be funny, to well-researched, surprising trivia questions that are succinct, funny and smart (but again, also sometimes dumb). A Jackbox Games writer is also expected to pitch ideas and help to make other game ideas even better.

Responsibilities

  • Write (frankly absurd amounts of) funny content.
  • Do rigorous and well-documented research.
  • Participate in punch-up sessions and group brainstorms.
  • Graciously accept and integrate feedback.
  • Adhere strictly to deadlines.

What skills and experiences are we looking for?

  • A killer sense of humor that can be molded to a project’s directives and purpose
  • Computer proficiency and adaptability to proprietary writing tools
  • The ability to work well in groups
  • A love of games (tabletop games, party games, video games) with a special bonus for game design experience

ANYTHING ELSE?

Yes. We only hire nice, bright, funny people who are willing to work hard. Jackbox Games is a group effort, and you must be capable of working collaboratively with creative, technical and sales types. Everyone here shares a commitment to excellence and a desire to work in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

Jackbox Games is committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status or disability.

ARE THERE ANY PERKS?

  • Casual dress and a flexible schedule. Come in a sweatshirt, jeans, whatever, like everyone else here.
  • Creative work environment. We are lucky to work in a place that is full of intelligent, talented and innovative folks. Although most hours the place is deathly quiet (we’re a focused bunch), it’s punctuated with hilarious outbursts and general merriment, which makes for a nice way to spend the day.
  • Easy transportation. We’re really close to the “L” and the Halsted (#8) bus (right by the new Apple Store and Mega Whole Foods).
  • Snacks

INTERESTED?

Great! We look forward to reading your application. Make sure it includes:

  • Cover Letter - Highlight why you would be great for the job. Ideally it’s funny. Helpful hint: We’ll be reading a lot of these, so giving us the relevant information quickly (and memorably) will definitely be in your favor. If it’s longer than a page it’ll make us sad and cause us to wearily lay our heads down on our desks and forget everything we’ve read.
  • Resume
  • 3 Humorous Multiple Choice Trivia Questions – Write three funny trivia questions that surprise us, make us laugh, radiate with brilliance and weird ideas… while still totally working as answerable trivia questions that feel fair. Each question must include four (4) multiple choice answers and one to two (1-2) links from reputable websites that support the fact’s authenticity (examples provided below).
  • 10 Cookie Masterson Intro Lines – Cookie is the host of some of our most popular games (Fibbage, You Don’t Know Jack). Write 10 one-liners for him (examples provided below).

Submit your application through our hiring portal (which may be this page you’re on right now, but if not, you can find it at: https://jackbox-games.breezy.hr/

If you decide to apply, please know that every complete application will be carefully reviewed. We know it’s a time commitment to prepare an application, and we respect that effort by thoughtfully reviewing every complete application and responding one way or the other. But that kind of thoughtful review means it sometimes takes us a while to get back to applicants, so please, NO PHONE CALLS. The time we spend responding to phone calls and emails is time that we could be spending actually moving the process along–so please be patient with us!

Thanks for your interest in Jackbox Games!

TRIVIA QUESTION EXAMPLES

See this video example for typical Jackbox gameplay.


How would you read comedian Will Forte’s name if it were accompanied by the musical notation “forte”?

1. WILL FORTE!!!!!! (correct answer)

2. will forte…

3. Wiiiiiiilllllllllll Fooooooorrrtttttteeeee

4. wiLL fOrTe

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com...

Yo momma is so OBESE…

1. … she has a BMI of 10 or more!

2. … she has a BMI of 20 or more!

3. … she has a BMI of 30 or more! (correct answer)

4. ...she has a BMI of 50 or more!

Source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre...

Which of these lines from my screenplay uses the super-dramatic triple ellipses?

  • “He’s...... dead.”
  • I’m......... your son.” (correct answer: 9 total dots)
  • “They’re............ aliens.”
  • “I............... farted.”

Source: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/ellipsis

Which of these condiments does NOT represent one of the Kubler-Ross Five Stages of Grief?

1. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter

2. I’m Really Angry that It’s Butter

3. I Keep Forgetting that It’s Butter (correct)

4. I’ve Come To Accept that This Is Butter

Sources:

http://www.ekrfoundation.org/

http://www.cancersurvivors.org...

Which of these is actually what a SHE said?

1. "Parting is such sweet sorrow.” (correct)

2. “To be or not to be?”

3. “My kingdom for a horse!”

4. “What light through yonder window breaks?”

Sources:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/scie...

http://shakespeare.mit.edu/ham...

http://shakespeare.mit.edu/ric...

http://www.shakespeare-online....

Which of these bears does NOT walk around with his bear ass showing?

  • Pooh Bear
  • Yogi Bear
  • Fozzie Bear
  • Smokey Bear (correct answer)

Sources

http://winniethepooh.disney.co...

https://www.warnerbros.com/yog...

http://abc.go.com/shows/the-mu...

https://smokeybear.com/en/smok...

COOKIE INTRO EXAMPLES

Hi, I’m Cookie Masterson, and if you don’t believe in mermaids, then what is this right here? Huh? [SFX: dolphin squeaks]

Hi, I’m Cookie Masterson, and not to brag, but the cashier at Trader Joe’s complimented me on my choices today.

Hey, this is is Cookie, and sometimes I enjoy gazing out this window during the game and OH MY GOD I THINK I JUST WITNESSED A MURDER!