I produced the Fantastic Arcade international games festival from 2012-2018 (before that I was involved as an event host and jury member).
My duties included curating the game selections alongside the Juegos Rancheros board, hosting developer talks and other events, guest relations, scheduling, coordinating game-cabinet art printing, asset management, occasionally designing shirts and printed materials, party planning, coordinating game jams, vj’ing for visiting musicians, & I also built and maintain the Fantastic Arcade website. Fantastic Arcade was an important part of my life for nearly a decade and I am content in knowing it is in good hands with its current operators, The Museum of Human Achievement.
You should play Untitled Goose Game.More ➜
In 2011 I helped found Juegos Rancheros, an indie games community meetup group in Austin. The monthly meetups were initially meant to build interest and support for Fantastic Arcade, (at that time) the indie games showcase at Fantastic Fest. Over the years Juegos took on its own life, spawning other events, an artist’s residency program, game jams, and itself becoming a full fledged arts nonprofit. Fantastic Arcade grew too, splitting off from Fantastic Fest to become it’s own festival.More ➜
Because I’ve been studying animation for the last couple of years as a foot-in-the-door path to art school or a media design/theory program at a University, it’s occasionally easy to forget the broader picture of why I decided to start school. A big chunk of my reasoning was a desire to get involved with projects like Forest of Sleep. I’m very interested in both how we create our own meanings from randomness and how intentional meaning is encoded into things. Ed spoke about this project at Fantastic Arcade a couple of years ago and I’m excited to see where it goes.More ➜
Bring Fantastic Arcade home to you with six amazing and exclusive games, presented by Austin’s independent game collective JUEGOS RANCHEROS! […]More ➜
Following our announcement of brand new games from the artists behind Panoramical, Beglitched, Fjords and Strawberry Cubes making their debut at Fantastic Arcade, we have just announced more than 20 additional games rounding out this year’s showcase lineup. […]More ➜
The time has finally come! We’ve just started to announced our plans for this year’s Fantastic Arcade – our first year independently curating, organizing and operating the festival as JUEGOS RANCHEROS, hosted by the Alamo Drafthouse at their newest Mueller theater this November 17-19th (full […]More ➜
Monday is the first day of Fantastic Arcade talks and tourneys, but you can play this year’s games already, either in the Highball, in our Arcade lounge or at home, with five new experimental games that were incubated by Juegos Rancheros, the Austin indie game collective. These games are running in custom cabinets at the festival but you can get them together as a bundle from itch.io.More ➜