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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch to talk more!
JUEGOS RANCHEROS is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a new grant from the Austin chapter of the Awesome Foundation, for our newly-established artist residency program, the arcade of anything.
Operating through local chapters across the globe, The Awesome Foundation “advances the interest of awesome in the universe” with $1000 micro-grants, given monthly on a no-strings-attached basis to “people and groups working on awesome projects.”
Arcade of anything residencies provide artists a month-long opportunity to develop experimental digital games, art, and other interactive works. The program places a stronger emphasis on strange and wonderful projects which facilitate creative growth, unexpected collaborations, and community engagement, rather than commercially-viable products or finished works.
The arcade of anything program most recently debuted The Association of Electron Dreamers (above), an interactive installation created by local Austin artists Charlie Elwonger and Jocelyn Reyes.
JUEGOS RANCHEROS is currently coordinating with our next arcade of anything resident artist, whose work will be shown at an opening night exhibition on September 30th, 2016, immediately following this year’s Fantastic Arcade.
Our next exhibit at the Museum of Human Amusement — the independent arcade space which houses new videogame works, including our arcade of anything artists — will take place on July 22nd, 2016.
Visit our events page for more information on upcoming exhibits at the Museum of Human Amusement, as well as our regularly monthly shows and festival appearances.
The 2016 edition of Fantastic Arcade will once again be taking place at Austin’s South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse & Highball lounge, from September 26th through the 29th, during the second week of the Fantastic Fest film festival.
Shortly after the July 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.
If you’d like to submit a game, you can do so now by accessing this form before July 13th. We look forward to playing all of your submissions, and especially to seeing you all in September for this year’s Arcade!
The sixth annual Fantastic Arcade has officially begun! JUEGOS RANCHEROS was responsible for curating all of the games and guests appearing at this year’s Arcade, and so below we’re presenting an exhaustive guide to all of the events happening this year.
As you likely have heard, JUEGOS RANCHEROS has curated six brand new games making their exclusive premiere at Fantastic Arcade. These original games — from the creators of beloved favorites like Desert Golfing, Nuclear Throne and more — each will be presented in their own custom arcade cabinets, playable for free throughout the festival.
Thanks to Humble Bundle, the games are also now available in a new pay-what-you-want bundle alongside Fantastic Arcade all-stars like Fez, Luftrausers, and Hotline Miami! You’ve got until October 1st to visit Humble Bundle and pick up all the games for as much as you’re able to give, with additional proceeds going to support the Able Gamers & Worldreader charities.
But Fantastic Arcade isn’t just about the games. We’ll also be presenting a stellar lineup of panels, tournaments and special events from Monday, September 28th through Thursday, October 1st. Each of these events are ALL-AGES AND FREE TO ATTEND, EVEN IF YOU AREN’T A FANTASTIC FEST BADGEHOLDER! Read on for the full daily guide to all of the panels, tournaments & other special events happening during Fantastic Arcade!