A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Juegos Rancheros has completed its review of conduct concerns regarding the organization’s former president, Brandon Boyer. Spanning numerous individuals and incidents, the reports we received indicate a pattern of unacceptable behavior toward women, including emotional manipulation leading to fear of professional retaliation. Thus, we stand by our decision to dismiss Boyer from the board and any future leadership roles in Juegos Rancheros, including Fantastic Arcade and other Juegos Rancheros-sponsored events. We thank all those who came forward to bring light to these incidents, and we ask our local and online communities to join us in respecting their privacy.

7.20.2018

JUEGOS RANCHEROS

Making inclusive spaces requires consistent, challenging work. We have taken a number to steps to help to make things right, including improving our Safe Spaces Policy, instituting an incident response team, and growing our Board of Directors to maintain fresh, diverse voices in leadership. We will provide more information about all of these steps in an upcoming blog post.


JUEGOS RANCHEROS PRESENTS: KNIGHTS AND BIKES


JUEGOS RANCHEROS is proud to present KNIGHTS AND BIKES – A hand-painted game about little girls kicking up hell on a small British isle in the 80’s- this Thursday, July 5th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door.

7.3.2018

JUEGOS RANCHEROS

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This unbelievably stylish and soulful game features the talents of Tearaway and LittleBigPlanet creators and is being published by the good folks at DoubleFine Presents. Come get a hands-on sneak preview of the game, alongside local indie games in development.

A short introduction begins 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!


JUEGOS RANCHEROS PRESENTS: EVAN NARCISSE


JUEGOS RANCHEROS is very excited to welcome author and critic Evan Narcisse to curate the monthly meetup this Thursday, June 7, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door. Evan is presenting a beautiful cross-section of games, from past and present, from indie and AAA, and from east and west.

6.1.2018

JUEGOS RANCHEROS

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Evan Narcisse writes about video games, comic books, movies and TV, often focusing on the intersection of blackness and pop culture. He is a senior staff writer at io9, having previously written for The Atlantic, Time Magazine, and Kotaku. He’s currently writing the Rise of the Black Panther miniseries for Marvel Comics. A native New Yorker, he now lives in Austin, Texas.

Evan’s selections for the night include Rez Infinite (the remaster and re-release of Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s seminal masterpiece Rez) as well as Mike Bithell’s BAFTA-winning Thomas Was Alone, a minimalist story-platformer about some boxes that live in a cave. We’ll also check out Freedom Cry (originally DLC for Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag) in which players inhabit an assassin in 18th Century Haiti, and Baiyon’s astonishing PixelJunk Eden, made in collaboration with Japan’s Q-Games (the influential predecessor to recent smartphone release Eden Obscura).

What do all these games have in common? Why are they so important to Evan Narcisse? If you want to see what it’s all about, be sure to join us Thursday, June 7th, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702!

A short introduction begins 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!


JUEGOS RANCHEROS PRESENTS: BITSY NIGHT


JUEGOS RANCHEROS is proud to present the first-ever BITSY NIGHT, this Thursday, May 3rd, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door. An entire evening of marvelous, funny, sad, cute, and puzzly Bitsy games, curated by Becklespinax and our own Adam Saltsman.

4.26.2018

JUEGOS RANCHEROS

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Created by Adam LeDoux, Bitsy is a web-based tool for making little games and little worlds, where you explore and hang out and talk to people. Less really is more when it comes to Bitsy – a perfect example of the way constraints breed creativity.

Simple, accessible, and fun to use, Bitsy even has its own little art tools built in, as well as branching dialog controls, and the ability to move between rooms. It’s a bit like Hypercard for Gameboy, or if Zelda had a level editor (and no swords).

Our guest curator this month is Becklespinax, who has personally assembled a fascinating cross-section of this new scene. If you want to see what it’s all about, be sure to join us Thursday, May 3rd, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702!

A short introduction begins 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!


A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS


The Juegos Rancheros leadership was recently made aware of several concerns regarding Brandon Boyer’s conduct in our community. As a first step toward addressing these claims, the leadership has voted unanimously to dismiss him from the Juegos Rancheros Board of Directors, effective immediately. While no final decision has been reached, we believe this is the best way forward while we continue to investigate the matter.

4.4.2018

JUEGOS RANCHEROS

We are taking some additional steps to ensure the Juegos Rancheros community continues to thrive. We are revising our existing Safe Spaces Policy to provide more specific guidance on appropriate conduct and conflict resolution. We are also working to improve avenues for collecting anonymous feedback about community concerns and leading the formation of a response team to ensure that our policies are enforced promptly, safely, and fairly. Finally, we are taking this opportunity to grow and diversify the membership of our Board of Directors to ensure that our leadership accurately represents the diverse perspectives of our community.

The Juegos Rancheros Board of Directors deeply regrets that these additional provisions were not in place before we began to receive reports, and we sincerely apologize for the confusion, hurt, or distrust this caused for anyone in our community. We are committed to fostering a welcoming and safe environment, and the remedies outlined above are our next steps toward achieving this goal.

We will continue to provide updates regarding our code of conduct and conflict resolution. However, we also want to hear from you. Please let us know if you are interested in providing peer review of our Safe Spaces Policy, participating in our response team, or joining the Juegos Rancheros Board of Directors. Thank you for your understanding in this time of difficult but necessary transition. We care deeply for our community and look forward to seeing you at the next Juegos Rancheros event.

The Juegos Rancheros Board of Directors
Adam Saltsman
Katie Kizziar
Rachel Weil
Wiley Wiggins