FANTASTIC ARCADE 2016: YOUR DAY TO DAY GUIDE!


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9.26.2016

JUEGOS RANCHEROS

The time has come for the seventh-annual Fantastic Arcade, and this year we’re doing things a little bit differently! In order to gauge how big our audience will be, you’ll need to get a free ticket for all of our Fantastic Arcade events.

To make this process easier, we’ve split all of our events into individual blocks, which are listed in full below, split out day by day. If you’d like to see one of these events, simply visit the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse ticket counter, and ask for a ticket to that specific block!

You do not need to have a Fantastic Arcade badge to get one of these tickets — all of our events are all ages and open to the public!

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Can’t make it to Fantastic Arcade? Get all of the original games created for this year’s festival (like nium, above) with our exclusive Fantastic Arcade 2016 bundle, with new games from the creators of DOWNWELL, KATAMARI DAMACY and much more!

Below the fold is our day-by-day guide to all of our events — pick out any & all blocks you want to see and pick up your tickets any day this week!

[Thanks to this year’s Fantastic Arcade sponsors: Sony PlayStation, The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, JUEGOS RANCHEROS, RAZER, Amazon Lumberyard and Devolver!]


Monday, September 26th


FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK ONE
SEP 26, 11:00AM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

The first block of talks for Fantastic Arcade 2016 opens with Tijmen Tio and Tom van den Boogaart of Dutch game collective Sokpop, showing off their original creation for Fantastic Arcade, Lassos, They’ll be joined by Adriaan de Jongh & Sylvain Tegroeg, presenting the whimsically illustrated Hidden Folks.

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block One at the ticket counter, no badge is required. 

FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK TWO
SEP 26, 2:00PM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

Come check out Arcade showcase games Burrito Galaxy 65 with SwackSoft softWorks workShop and West of Loathing with co-creator Zack Johnson.

To ensure a seat at this FREE event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block Two at the ticket counter, no badge is required.

FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK THREE
SEP 26, 5:00PM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

Our first tournament of Fantastic Arcade 2016 will set the stage for this year’s Starcade. Multibowl, by Alec Thompson and Bennett Foddy, is a new experimental digital blender that takes hundreds games both classic and obscure and weaves them into a collage of timed two player challenges, in Starcade style!

We’ll select our Starcade challengers this year with a prelim tournament, and two will go on to compete on the final day of Arcade in the Highball!

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block Three at the ticket counter, no badge is required.

FANTASTIC ARCADE OPENING PARTY
SEP 26, 9:00PM
Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7TH STREET AUSTIN, TX 78701

Come celebrate the opening day of Fantastic Arcade with live DJ sets and games, including an exclusive peek into three PlayStation VR games: Enhance Games’ Rez Infinite (!), Drool’s Thumper, and Kokoromi’s PlayStation VR game SUPERHYPERCUBE!

Sponsored with help from our friends at Sony PlayStation.

FREE & ALL AGES!


Tuesday, September 27th


FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK FOUR
SEP 27, 11:00AM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

Welcome back Kenny Sun with his new action puzzle game Yankai’s Triangle and Jenny Jiao Hsia with her minigame compilation Daily Motions.

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block Four at the ticket counter, no badge is required.

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FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK FIVE
SEP 27, 2:00PM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

Developer Audrey Moon presents Into, and Owlchemy Labs, creators of Job Simulator and the upcoming VR title Rick and Morty Simulator show off their work and take a moment to judge your bad VR game pitch ideas. Both located in Austin, we’re proud to have these amazing developers on stage at Fantastic Arcade.

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block Five at the ticket counter, no badge is required.

FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK SIX
SEP 27, 5:00PM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

Sony has been putting the spotlight on indie developers all year, and making their platforms friendlier than ever to self-publish on – if you’re an indie developer, Sony would love to work with you! The SCEA Developer Relations will be on-hand to talk about the process and answer any burning questions you may have.

Block three will begin with a look at Thoth, with developer Jeppe Carlsen and Double Fine’s Greg Rice, followed by our friends from Sony, and then Tumbleseed with David Laskey and Benedict Fritz, coming soon to PlayStation.

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block Six at the ticket counter, no badge is required.

FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK SEVEN
SEP 27, 8:00PM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

Join Artist/Animator David OReilly as he presents Everything, and Hollow Ponds as they show Loot Rascals in this block of amazing game art, both titles coming soon to PlayStation.

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block Seven at the ticket counter, no badge is required.

FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK EIGHT: SWATPAZ NIGHT
SEP 28, 12:00AM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

Join us for a late night showcase of the best cartoons by animator Swatpaz, artist from this year’s Spotlight game Loot Rascals

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block Eight at the ticket counter, no badge is required.


Wednesday, September 28th


FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK NINE
SEP 28, 11:00AM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

Join us for our second annual panel of hardware amusements- games and distractions that toss the screen and invade the arcade. This year we’re excited to have DIY tinkerers Mickey Delp and Alan Watts let us peek into their laboratories and explain this year’s mad arcade creations, plus Randy Smith, who has created the custom adventure game Knight Brite for Mickey’s new hardware while it’s still being created.

Following close behind, Andy “Batsly Adams” Reitano, creator of last year’s audience choice award winning Super Russian Roulette will be returning with he and Zachary “Zachstronaut” Johnson’s massively-glitchable NESpectre. Don’t miss this block!

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block Nine at the ticket counter, no badge is required.

FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK TEN
SEP 28, 2:00PM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

Tim Keenan presents sci-fi drone piloting sim Duskers, joined by Nathalie Lawhead, who has TWO games in Arcade this year- her mini-game compilation Armagad, and her Fantastic Arcade original game F2OGGY.

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block 10 at the ticket counter, no badge is required.

FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK ELEVEN
SEP 28, 5:00PM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

Join guest developer Ojiro “Moppin” Fumoto to learn about Downwell, as well as his Fantastic Arcade original game nium, co-created with artist Nemk.

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block 11 at the ticket counter, no badge is required.

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FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK TWELVE TOURNAMENTS
SEP 28, 8:00PM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

An unmissable night of arcade action with tournaments of Downwell and Arena Gods, with guest developers in attendance.

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block 12 at the ticket counter, no badge is required.


Thursday, September 29th


FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK THIRTEEN: FANTASTIC MOTION VIDEO
SEP 29, 12:00AM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

FANTASTIC FEST FULL MOTION VIDEO!

Join Sagan Yee (Toronto’s Hand Eye Society) and Peter Kuplowsky (Fantastic Fest) on an outrageous adventure through the short-lived, scan line-ridden era of Full Motion Video games and “interactive cinema”!

We’ve resurrected several movie/game chimeras created at the height of Hollywood’s FMV hubris for this historical presentation (featuring several big stars in unfortunate roles), as well as spliced together our own grotesque experiment set on the grounds of Fantastic Fest itself. Experience a collective playthrough of FANTASTIC FEST: THE GAME on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen!

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block 13 at the ticket counter, no badge is required.

FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK FOURTEEN
SEP 29, 11:00AM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

Greg Heffernan presents The Norwood Suite and James Shasha takes us through the world of  Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor.

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block 14 at the ticket counter, no badge is required.

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FANTASTIC ARCADE BLOCK FIFTEEN
SEP 29, 2:00PM, ALAMO SOUTH LAMAR, THEATER 3

David Kanaga and Ed Key, creators of Proteus return to Fantastic Arcade with seperate projects, Kanaga with one of the most fevered and unusual games in a long line of unconventional Fantastic Arcade games — OIK OS Book I, a game he describes as a “Dog Opera”.

Following David, Ed Key will offer a sneak peek at his hotly anticipated project, the beautiful Slavic storybook generator Forest of Sleep.

To ensure a seat at this free event, ask for a ticket for Arcade Block 15 at the ticket counter, no badge is required.

FANTASTIC ARCADE VR SHOWCASE
SEP 29, 6:00PM, THE HIGHBALL

Check out PlayStation VR titles set to premiere in October as well as a selection of cutting-edge titles curated by Juegos Rancheros and the Austin VR Meetup group.

STARCADE: MULTIBOWL FINALS
SEP 29, 8:00PM, THE HIGHBALL

The  final two challengers face off in the ultimate match of MULTIBOWL, a collage of hundreds of classic two player games, played at breakneck speed.


Friday, September 30th


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FANTASTIC ARCADE CLOSING PARTY / ARTIST RESIDENCY OPENING
SEP 29, 7:00PM, THE MUSEUM OF HUMAN ACHIVEMENT

Come celebrate another Fantastic Arcade in the can, as well as the opening of JUEGOS RANCHEROS’s next resident artist, Robby Kraft!

We’ll have more information on all of the artists & musicians coming to the party soon, in the meantime, read more about Robby here!

FREE & ALL AGES!