Have you heard the news? Fantastic Arcade will be returning to Austin, November 17th-19th, in a brand new location and with dozens of brand new games!
Long-time Fantastic Arcade fans will probably notice right away that that’s a little different than before, so we’ve put together this FAQ-type post to help explain what’s new and different this year, and what’s the same as it’s always been.
Fantastic Arcade is now a standalone festival, affiliated with but not actually a part of Fantastic Fest.
While we here at JUEGOS RANCHEROS have been in charge of curation and scheduling of Fantastic Arcade for the past several years, we have now completely taken over all operations of the festival, and are running it separately from Fantastic Fest, the genre film festival it was originally created to run alongside.
Fantastic Arcade will now take place at the new Alamo Drafthouse Mueller location.
While Fantastic Arcade has traditionally been held at the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse, we’re now moving to the Drafthouse’s newest theater, Alamo Drafthouse Mueller.
If you haven’t been to the Mueller Alamo yet, you’re in for a treat. The theater seats are massive, plush, and recline like La-Z-Boys, and there’s a built-in boardwalk carnival-type bar, the Barrel O Fun. In other words, it’ll be a lot like previous years, just nicer.
The arcade space of Fantastic Arcade is still free of charge and open to the public.
Just like all previous years, the centerpiece of Fantastic Arcade will remain free and open for everyone: a suite of laptops with tons of amazing games on each one, and a fleet of mini arcade cabinets, again featuring a new crop of games created exclusively to premiere at Fantastic Arcade.
Where before we only had a smaller space inside South Lamar’s Highball lounge, now we’ll be taking over the entirety of the Barrel O Fun with games, all of which will be playable for the entire duration of Fantastic Arcade.
Attending the talks, developer commentary sessions and nightly tournaments now costs $50 for a 3-day pass, or $10 for a single-day pass.
Here’s the biggest change: just like previous years, we’ll also have three full days of talks, panels, commentary and tournaments inside one of Mueller’s swank theaters, with full bar and food service throughout. Unlike previous years, because of our new independence, we need to charge a ticket price to help cover our costs, and to guarantee you a seat in the theater.
For $50, you’ll be covered for all three days of the festival, and you can purchase that ticket starting right now. Tickets are obviously limited to the amount of seats we have available, so act fast!
If there is room left over, we’ll be selling individual day passes for $10 at the theater itself for those that can’t make it all three days.
The 3-day pass also includes a downloadable bundle of games premiering at the festival.
Just like last year, we’ll be premiering new games at the festival in special custom arcade cabinets, and just like last year, all of those games will be available in a special bundle. This bundle is included in the 3-day pass, so all of those games are yours to keep.
The downloadable bundle will also be available separately.
If you aren’t able to attend the festival or can’t purchase the 3-day pass, we’ll also be selling the bundle separately, like we did last year.
We’ll have lots more news about the new Fantastic Arcade over the coming months, including the developers building new games for the festival, and all of the other exciting guests and tournaments that’ll be part of this year’s show. All of us here are looking forward to seeing you there!
The 2017 edition of Fantastic Arcade will be taking place at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, the newest and swankiest of the theaters, from November 17th through the 19th. 3-day passes for the festival itself are available now, which includes a downloadable bundle of games premiering at the show!
You can read about all the changes to this year’s festival right over here.
Shortly after the August 13th deadline, the JUEGOS RANCHEROS board will begin the selection process to determine which games from among your submissions will be showcased during Fantastic Arcade.
All of the games selected will be accessible to both festival attendees and the general public, for free, in a casual atmosphere of camaraderie and love for games, at the Mueller theater’s new Barrel O Fun event center (which you can see above).
If you’d like to submit a game, you can do so now by accessing this form before August 13th. We look forward to playing all of your submissions, and to seeing you all in November for this year’s Arcade!
Ready to kick off the new year with some of our ultra-recent favorites & first looks at this year’s upcoming games? Then be sure to join us Thursday, January 5th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents a grab bag of goodies for 2017.
We’ll be bringing a selection of just-released multi- and single-player games from the past week & the upcoming months for you to play as we ring in a new, action-packed calendar year for JUEGOS RANCHEROS.
Want to know exactly what we’ve got in store? You’ll have to come out and see! Fun surprises abound.
The games will begin Thursday, January 5th, 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!
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!
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!]
Want to bring this year’s Fantastic Arcade home to you? We’ve got the perfect way! We’ve just launched a bundle of five amazing and exclusive games making their debut at our seventh-annual indie game festival, Fantastic Arcade.
Thanks to our distribution partner itch.io, all proceeds from the sale of this bundle benefit our non-profit organization. Help us showcase more amazing games both here in Austin and a city near you, and commission more fantastic developers to create new games like these!
Included in this bundle are all five games you see here, along with extras & bonus materials! Here is what you’ll get:
NIUM, by Moppin & Nemk
DOWNWELL creator Moppin has partnered with Nemk (one of our favorite artists working in games) to present NIUM: a post-apocalyptic action game where players will crawl through a ruined, abandoned, STALKER-esque exclusion zone inhabited only by a variety of mutated wildlife. (Windows, Mac)
ALPHABET, by Keita Takahashi & Adam Saltsman
Originally available only to select Kickstarter backers, ALPHABET is a slapstick marathon footrace for 1- to 26-players from Keita Takahashi (renowned creator of KATAMARI DAMACY & NOBY NOBY BOY) and Adam Saltsman (designer behind CANABALT & OVERLAND). Run, jump, eat, sing, poop, and sleep through silly obstacle courses!
(Windows, Mac, Linux)
INSPECTOR WOOF, by Klondike
From Klondike — France’s upstart super-collective of indie game stars — INSPECTOR WOOF & THE VEGETABLE HIGH SCHOOL is a procedurally generated mystery adventure game where every student is hiding terrible secrets. Armed only with your freshly-printed hints sheet, dig deep into their guilty consciences and expose the truth! (Windows, Mac, Linux)
F2OGGY, by Nathalie Lawhead
F2OGGY (Only one survives!) is a Brute-Force Frog-Combat Simulator, by the IGF-winning creator Nathalie Lawhead, made for a growing audience of competitive frogfans. Each player is divided into a faction (a Frog-Faction), and must defeat their opponent using High-Velocity Amphibian Impact Lunges. (Windows, Mac)
LASSOS, by SOKPOP
From SOKPOP — the the Dutch collective behind indie cult classics like the low-fi sci-fi exploration game BERNBAND — comes LASSOS, a game fit for its Texas debut: throw lassos, get money! (Windows, Mac)
Looking for a tax-deductible way to get your name out to Austin’s community of independent games makers and fans? Opportunities are now available!
Following JUEGOS RANCHEROS’ transition into a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we have just made sponsorship packages available for both our regular monthly events, as well as our yearly flagship festival, Fantastic Arcade.
Just want to make a tax-deductible donation at a lower level? We can now easily accommodate that as well: click here to donate directly to JUEGOS RANCHEROS via PayPal, or use the new donate button on the sidebar!
Your donations help JUEGOS RANCHEROS grow our events and our audience in Austin, help us construct our line of arcade cabinets with brand new games, and bring amazing artists and developers from around the world right here to Austin.
If you have any questions about any of our opportunities, don’t hesitate to get in touch by email at email@example.com and we’ll be in touch to talk more!