Excited to play the sequel to Messhof‘s long-standing JUEGOS RANCHEROS favorite? Then you will absolutely not want our next meetup — Thursday, February 2nd, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door — as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents Nidhogg 2.
The original Nidhogg has been a JUEGOS RANCHEROS mainstay since our original inception in 2011 — with frequent meetup & Fantastic Arcade appearances — and all signs point to the sequel carrying on that tradition.
Featuring all of the same “fast-paced hilarious stabby action”, but now with a much larger array of new weapons, new stages and new music from Daedelus, Dose One, Mux Mool & more, our Austin debut of Nidhogg 2 stands to be one of 2017’s best shows.
The exhibition will begin Thursday, February 2nd, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702, with a short introduction at 8:00PM. The show is free, all ages, and open to all the public, so come join us as we drink, play and meet the people changing the way we think about games!
Want to come to Austin and create something amazing? JUEGOS RANCHEROS has just opened applications for its artist residency program, the arcade of anything! We’ve currently got two open resident slots for 2017, either of which could be yours!
Run in partnership with Austin’s arts & events space The Museum of Human Achievement & Unlisted Projects, the residency program centers around our independent arcade space, the MUSEUM OF HUMAN AMUSEMENT. In 2016, we debuted new work from Austin artists Charli Elwonger & Jocelyn Reyes, and NYC-based software developer & origami master Robby Kraft.
The aim of the arcade of anything artist residency is to provide artists with a month-long opportunity to push into experimental and unexplored territory within digital games, art, and other interactive works. The arcade of anything de-emphasizes commercially-viable products or finished works in favor of strange and wonderful projects that facilitate creative growth, unexpected collaborations, and community engagement.
Visit our residencies section for more information on the program and to apply — we look forward to hearing what you’d like to make soon!
Looking to finish your year with a tax-deductible charitable donation? As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we can accept cash donations to help us continue to foster Austin’s independent and artful games culture.
We’ve got big plans for 2017, and your support is crucial to meeting those goals!
Looking forward to seeing you all throughout the coming year!
Want to wind down the year with one of our favorite multiplayer games of 2016? Then be sure to join us Thursday, December 1st, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents a multiplayer monthly, headlined by Multibowl.
First presented back at our monthly meetup in September, and then again with a headline tournament at Fantastic Arcade, Multibowl quickly became one of this year’s most popular JUEGOS RANCHEROS mainstays, and (as you can witness for yourself in the video below) with very good reason!
Multibowl — if you haven’t yet been introduced — gives two players a fast-paced series of tiny fragments of emulated games collected from the past 30+ years, and keeps a running meta-tally of each player’s success.
The compilation was co-created by Bennett Foddy (creator of QWOP, GIRP & one of the leads behind Sportsfriends) and A.P. Thomson (himself co-creator of the recently released local favorite, Beglitched).
Because it can currently only be played at exhibitions and events, we wanted to give Austin one more chance to spend some time with a brand new version of one of our 2016 favorites — complete with new, never-before-multibowl’d games that weren’t part of any previous showcase!
The games will begin Thursday, December 1st, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702, with a short introduction at 8:00PM. The show is free, all ages, and open to all the public, so come join us as we drink, play and meet the people changing the way we think about games!
Want to try some of the best new local-multiplayer games designed entirely around public play? Then be sure to join us Thursday, November 3rd, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents the local debut of the games of NYU Game Center’s Seventh Annual No Quarter Exhibition.
Even if you haven’t heard of No Quarter before, you’ve almost definitely heard of some of the games that were commissioned for the exhibition.
Messhof’s Nidhogg, Ramiro Corbetta’s Hokra (now part of Die Gute Fabrik’s Sportsfriends), Bennett Foddy’s Speed Chess and Nikita Mikros & Joshua DeBonis’s Killer Queen are just a few of the games that have been developed for the annual show and have gone on to renown elsewhere, including several exhibited here at previous JUEGOS RANCHEROS meetups.
Robert Yang, No Quarter curator & himself a local favorite developer, describes the tone of the show and the games it exhibits simply as “games for the public”, where “a public game treats play as a freely available public good that everyone deserves, like air and water,” and creates an atmosphere where players “feel included, and train players to care about each other.”
In light of that, this year he’s commissioned four such games from four fantastic developers: Blendo Games‘ Brendon Chung, creator of games including Thirty Flights of Loving, Gravity Bone and Quadrilateral Cowboy, product designer & game maker Catt Small, Matheson Marcault‘s Holly Gramazio, a renowned designer of games for events, parks, museums and public spaces, and Stephen Lawrence Clark, whose Rooftop Cop was selected for two IGF Nominations.
Because the actual exhibition has yet to begin and the games themselves have yet to be publicly revealed, we can’t yet describe exactly what you’ll be playing at the show, so suffice it to say that we’ll be bringing a selection of these games to the North Door for their first exhibition outside No Quarter itself.
We’ll update this post (and its accompanying Facebook event) with more details of the games as they are revealed, but otherwise, we’ll have them waiting for you Thursday, November 3rd, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702. The show is free, all ages, and open to all the public, so come join us as we drink, play and meet the people changing the way we think about games!
[No Quarter poster illustration at top by Arlin Ortiz!!]
We survived another Fantastic Arcade! And after a long weekend recovering, we’re here with archived video of nearly all the talks, tournaments, and other presentations given throughout the week of our seventh-annual festival.
All week long we’ll be presenting a day-by-day breakdown of all of the videos (find day one here, day two here, and day three here), today with last Thursday’s talks. Below the fold you’ll find full video covering DIARIES OF A SPACEPORT JANITOR, THE NORWOOD SUITE, and LITTLE BUG.
You’ll also find the creators of PROTEUS showing off their new games: THE FOREST OF SLEEP, and an absolutely unmissable presentation of OIK OS BOOK I, destined to go down in legend as one of the top Fantastic Arcade talks.
You’ll also find a brief history of FMV games, culminating in the creation of a brand new FMV game filmed right here at Fantastic Fest! And finally, our head-to-head MULTIBOWL championship showdown & our post-Arcade awards ceremony!
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