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!
Just weeks after its release, David OReilly’s existential reality simulator Everything is already a verifiable critical hit. But did you know a good chunk of it was born and raised right here in Austin? Join us Thursday, May 4th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, to find out more!
Known best for his multiple-award-winning & frankly sort of essential-viewing animations Please Say Something & The External World, David OReilly first dipped a toe into videogames with the 2014 release of Mountain (then featured as one of our standalone-iest Fantastic Arcade cabinets).
The devs describe Everything as “an interactive experience where everything you see is a thing you can be, from animals to planets to galaxies and beyond,” and if you were present at last year’s Fantastic Arcade to see one of our most chilled-out sessions of all time, you know that is no exaggeration.
For our exhibition, we’ll have Damien & Eduardo on hand, who can answer (nearly) any burning questions you might have about how you make a game about, well, pretty much literally everything.
The show will begin at 7:00PM on Thursday, May 4th, at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702, with a short introduction & developer chat at 8:00PM. The event 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!
Spring has sprung, and JUEGOS RANCHEROS has returned! So join us Thursday, April 6, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door — as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents a mix of new & never before seen games, including Vignettes.
Not seen since the 2015 installment of Fantastic Arcade, Vignettes is a delightful puzzle-box of a game and, says the developers, a “kaleidoscope of different moods and settings”, which is officially due to be released soon on iOS and Android. Fans of GNOG and the work of Vectorpark (like his previously-showcased Metamorphabet) will not want to miss this one!
— ♥Armel Gibson♥ (@Gib) March 16, 2017
Vignettes is being created by Klondike members Pol Clarissou (who you’ll remember from last year’s Orchids to Dusk) and Armel Gibson (who also brought Oases to Fantastic Arcade), with help from Loot Rascal‘s Pat Ashe and music by none less than David Kanaga — Proteus musician and creator of one of Fantastic Arcade 2016’s most unforgettable games/performances: the five-act dog opera, Oikospiel Book I.
In addition to Vignettes — its first showing in near-final form! — we’ll be assembling even more games to be revealed at the show, and our usual “indie alley” lineup of games made by local developers!
The exhibition will begin Thursday, April 6, 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!
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!
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!