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  • Games Y'all April Meetup

    Games Y'all

    Howdy,

    Let’s play some Games Y’all!

    April 1st 7:00 - 10:00pm
    The Museum of Human Achievement
    Free admission! Space is limited, RSVP preferred.
    RSVP and more info here!

    Games Y’all is a casual meetup hosted by Fantastic Arcade for indie devs, digital artists, and games fans held on the first Friday of every month.

    Come play games, hang out, meet friends, and learn how to share your work at future meetups. We’ll have multiplayer games, solo games, an experimental soda bar (with beer!), assorted candies, prizes and surprises.

    All guests will be asked to share a vaccination card or negative COVID test (from the last 2 days) at the door. Masks required inside, drinks and mask-optional socializing outside. Bay doors are open for maximum ventilation! The inside temperature is the outside temperature, so dress accordingly. Game controllers will be sanitized between players and we’ll have hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue.

    Check out our Code of Conduct here

    Can’t make this round IRL? Join us on Twitch for the livestream.

    Links and more at gamesyall.com

  • Games Y'all Announcement

    Games Y'all

    Hey everybody!

    After a productive pause to gather community feedback, thoughtfully restructure, and revise our mission and vision, we are SO EXCITED to launch Games Y’all!

    Games Y’all is a casual meetup hosted by Fantastic Arcade for indie devs, digital artists, and games fans held on the first Friday of every month. Come play games, hang out, meet friends, and learn how to share your work at future meetups.

    Our Mission We celebrate, amplify, and support the unique and underrepresented within indie games and beyond.

    Our Values Diversity - Uplift, support, and promote underrepresented voices and creations Curiosity - Foster collaboration, discovery, and knowledge sharing Play - Celebrate creativity, innovation, and experimentation Community - Nurture an inclusive, trusting, and supportive space

    Mark your calendars for Games Y’all on April 1st at The Museum of Human Achievement and stay tuned for details. We can’t wait to play games together again!

    Points of Contact!

    Board Candidate Application form

    Want to be involved form

    Community Discord

    Twitter

    Instagram

    Email - fantasticarcade@gmail.com

  • Fantastic Arcade Community Outreach Letter

    Fantastic Arcade Retrospective

    Last summer, we announced that Fantastic Arcade and Juegos Rancheros would be joining forces with the Museum of Human Achievement. At that moment, we also announced taking a break from the monthly Juegos Rancheros events, in order to gather input from the community to build a more inclusive and supportive indie game community in Austin.

    Over the last few months, we’ve been listening to our community and working to build an intentional future path for Fantastic Arcade and Juegos Rancheros. In the summer, we ran a community input survey that garnered over 50 responses, and last fall we hosted 5 roundtable feedback sessions with over 40 participants. Through the survey and sessions, we landed on these takeaways:

    • While many details could change, a regular gathering and a yearly festival are important to the indie game and digital arts community, and should continue in some form.

    • Providing a safe and welcoming place for individuals to gather and share is a top priority.

    • Austin’s indie game community values experimentation, games-as-art, and cross-pollination across artistic media, and it is important to continually revisit how we can best support and expand our community.

    • The power dynamic and gatekeeping in all creative industries and in particular games was a common issue brought up during sessions; increasing transparency and more equitably distributing power are top priorities.

    Since then, we have established two boards that will collaborate with the Museum of Human Achievement and Austin’s indie game community to usher in the next iteration of Fantastic Arcade and Juegos Rancheros. The administrative/directorial board, currently consisting of Rachel Stuckey, Deeksha Srinath, and Desi Gonzalez, will provide broad oversight on organizational structures and help identify tasks and a timeline for accomplishing our goals. Harris Foster and Carrie Witt are kickstarting the community board, which will work closely to incorporate the perspectives of the indie game community and ensure we develop safe and welcoming spaces for all. Additionally an advisory board is currently made up of Lauren Gardner and Heather Kelley. As we look to build the future, we want to thank past board members and volunteers who have helped cultivate the local indie game community through their hard work and passion.

    In November, we hosted the Fantastic Arcade Retrospective during the East Austin Studio Tours. Over four days of programming, we invited Austinites to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and look towards the future of the organization. At the event, we showcased 21 custom arcade cabinets by 32 developers that Fantastic Arcade has commissioned throughout the years. We paired artists to create a new environment, visual compliment, or conceptual home to the cabinets, resulting in 17 art installations created by a total of 21 artists. Additionally, visitors accessed more than 200 games by over 250 game developers on our multiplayer game launchers. The event was a resounding success: we served over 6,000 audience members, young and old, bringing the joy of indie games ranging from devoted Fantastic Arcade fans to newcomers who’ve never played video games before.

    In the coming months, we will be undertaking a number of tasks, such as reestablishing our mission, vision, and values; exploring the audiences we serve; revisiting public-facing policies such as the code of conduct; opening avenues for how people can get involved; and rebranding and relaunching the monthly meetup to better reflect our stated values. As we work to imagine the future of a yearly celebration of games and a monthly community gathering, we want to hear from you. We think there is an exciting and positive future in digital arts and indie games, supported by new ideas, voices, and leadership.

    Want to help shape our future? Be on the lookout for future FA/JR events using the links below.

    Points of Contact!

    Board Candidate Application form

    Want to be involved form

    Input survey

    FA/JR Community Discord

    Twitter

    Instagram

    Facebook

    Email - info@themuseumofhumanachievement.com

  • Fantastic Arcade Retro(spective)

    Fantastic Arcade Retrospective

    Fantastic Arcade returns as the yearly celebration of indie and cult video games. For our first show under the Museum of Human Achievement, Fantastic Arcade will be hosting a retrospective as part of the East Austin Studio Tour, looking back on the last 10 years of commissioned and showcased games. To do this we’ve asked 22 artists to create a new environment, visual compliment or conceptual home to each custom arcade cabinet. For more information on Fantastic Arcade - Games Archive, MoHA/FA Join Forces, Previous FA Winners

    What: A celebration of 10 years of Fantastic Arcade & a look into the future of the organization.

    When: Nov 16, 17, 23 and 24th, Noon-6PM

    Where: Museum of Human Achievement (3600 Lyons Rd., Austin TX)

    LOOKING TO HELP?? We’re looking for greeters, tech support, MC’s and more. More info & signup: Click HERE

    ART BY: Ben Cartright, Charlie Alvarado, Courtney Boyle, Emily Cayton, Gabrielle Hoggett, HIVE Arts Collective, Jay Roff-Garcia, Megan McAtee, Mike Melinoe, Motherbrainart, Rae Kim, Rebecca Marino, Rory Blank, Stephanie Page, Susan Scafati, TJ Lemanski, Y2K & P1nkstar and more TBA.

    ARCADE CABINETS: Alea, Alphabet, Banana Chalice, Breaker, Crap! No One Loves Me, F2oggy, Forget me not, Grass Stains, Hellmouth, Hoky, Inspector Woof & the Vegetable Highschool, Lassos, Nium, Panic Variants, Paper Planet Pop, Pipsqueak, Risky Bison, Rotor, The Stakes are too High, Wheels of Aurelia, Wifi Robots

    GAMES BY: Arcane Kids, Brandon Williamson, Conor McCann, Daniel Linssen, Fernando Ramallo, Jenny Jiao Hsia, Justin Smith, Keita Takahashi and Adam Saltsman, Kitty Calis & JW Nijman, Klondike, Kyle Reimergartin, Loren Schmidt, Moppin and Nemk, Nathalie Lawhead, Nina Freeman & Co, Paloma Dawkins, Cale Bradbury & Calia Thompson-Hannant, Santa Ragione, Sokpop, Thu Tran, Ivan Safrin, Bobo Dai Do, Tyriq Plummer, V Buckenham and more TBA.

    DAILY PARTY GAME ZONE HOSTED BY: Nathan Black, Harris Foster and more TBA.

    With Support from: Devolver Digital, 22nd Century Toys, Owlchemy Labs, Farcade, Juegos Rancheros, Finji, Capital Factory, Photo Fantastico and Balcones Distilling

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