The game jam, hosted with the help of itch.io, is open to all developers worldwide, and will run for two weeks, after which entries will be judged by players for the week following, on a variety of to be determined criteria like truth, vastness, benevolence and psychedelia.
And, as with the Space Cowboy Game Jam before it, JUEGOS RANCHEROS is partnering with the Marfa Film Festival to exhibit a selection of the games in the real-live mystical West Texas desert. The games will be on display July 13th through July 17th, alongside the festival’s film & video works, free and open to both festival attendees and the general public.
You can find more detailed information at the official Mystic Western Game Jam site, and then begin to submit your games starting on June 16th. In the meantime, you can start dreaming up big star-gazing, truth-seeking & self-reflecting ideas, and discussing collaborations on twitter via the hashtag #mysticwestern. We’re all looking forward to seeing what you create!
Ready for another inspiring night of contemplative & beautiful games? Then be sure to join us next Thursday, June 2nd, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents the work of Klondike, France’s staggeringly talented independent game collective.
You may have caught a few games made by Klondike members at various prior Fantastic Arcades — or even all the way back to our first Marfa Film Festival installation — but we’ve never had an entire night devoted to the group’s collected work, until now.
Collectively hailing from various points around France, the ten-strong group of developers (some of whom gave an overview of the collective’s formation at a 2015 Fantastic Arcade talk you can watch in its entirety here) has established itself as an incredibly prolific powerhouse of understated games with bold & beautiful aesthetics — as evidenced by even a cursory glance at their website.
For our special “Introducing: Klondike” show, we’ll be bringing along a wide selection of games from all the diverse members of the group, including Orchids to Dusk (the video above), from member Pol Clarissou, Titouan Millet’s brilliantly opaque and mysterious Mu Cartographer (the screenshot above), and much, much more.
Our selection of Klondike games will be playable Thursday, June 2nd, 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!
Want to peek through picoscopes at tiny artifacts of our daily detritus? Then join us this Friday, May 20 at 7:00 PM at the Museum of Human Achievement for The Association of Electron Dreamers, the first exhibition of JUEGOS RANCHEROS’s arcade of anything artist residency program.
Created by Charlie Elwonger and Jocelyn Reyes, the exhibition is a dreamy, interactive experience is delivered under the auspices of a public scientific endeavor by the Association of Electron Dreamers.
Elwonger and Reyes have previously collaborated on experimental, shortform games like Fantastic Arcade 2014 selection Lost in the Woods, Morning Coffee and Into. Apart, Elwonger is a practicing graphic designer, while Reyes is a sound designer for local Austin game studios including Finji and Taco Illuminati.
Say the artists:
The Association of Electron Dreamers is hosting its first public viewing of specimens. Observe preliminary findings of their research using the electronographic picoscope. View into tiny artifacts of our daily detritus.
Elwonger and Reyes’s work will be accompanied by projection art and music including Songs for Errant Micro Organisms #1 by Montreal’s mrghosty, as well as refreshments and the companionship of your fellow dreamer.
The exhibition will be held this Friday, May 20 at 7:00 PM, at Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX. The event is free but donations are warmly accepted.
[Created in partnership with the Museum of Human Achievement, the arcade of anything artist residency encourages its participants to push into experimental and unexplored territory within digital arts. More information on our residency program can be found here.]
Love bizarre, colorful, playful games like Katamari Damacy, Hohokum and Donut County? Then you will definitely want to join us this Thursday, May 5th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents the work of Sokpop, one of our new favorite independent game collectives.
For our special “Introducing: Sokpop” show, we’ll be bringing along a wide selection of games from all of the members of the group, including Digital Bird Playground, Koning’s On The Hunt, rubna’s Noodle Ramen, and much more.
Our selection of Sokpop games will be playable Thursday, May 5th, 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!
Elwonger, a UI designer and artist, and Reyes, a sound designer, are frequent collaborators. The pair have worked together on experimental, shortform games like Fantastic Arcade 2014 selection Lost in the Woods, Morning Coffee (pictured above), and the recently-released autobiographical work Into.
However, their creative production extends outside of their collaborative work as well, from Elwonger’s graphic design practice to Reyes’s sound work with Austin game studios Finji and Taco Illuminati.
The month-long arcade of anything artist residency, created in partnership with the Museum of Human Achievement, encourages participants to push into experimental and unexplored territory within digital arts.
The residency will conclude with a public exhibition of the work undertaken at JUEGOS RANCHEROS’s indie arcade space, the Museum of Human Amusement. You can read more about the newly-announced residency program here.
Please join us in congratulating Charlie Elwonger and Jocelyn Reyes, and stay tuned for details on their exhibition event in the second half of May 2016.
Charlie Taylor Elwonger is an interactive artist and UI designer in Austin, TX, who has done client design work with Frog and Razorfish, co-founded an independent videogame studio with a group of online collaborators making multiplayer games, and now releases interactives & other game-likes as Animal Phase. A cusp millennial born in 1986 making art to help you feel weird. Likely in or around a wifi hotspot near you. You can find out more about them at their personal site, loveme.computer.
Jocelyn Reyes is a sound designer based in Austin, TX. Most of her work can be seen in certain video games around town. These days, she mostly spends her time making a racket and putting into video games in the aforementioned town. Probably her most well known work is working with local game studios, Finji and Taco Illuminati. She hopes to one day go to space. littledesertsound.io
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.