Juegos Rancheros Holds Final Meetup of the Year

Local indie game nonprofit parties before hiatus

Juegos Rancheros, Austin’s indie game nonprofit, announced it will host its final meetup of the year on Wednesday, July 3.

The North Door has hosted the organization’s events for years and will do so again, with the usual games from local developers on hand to keep you busy. What’s different for this last blowout of the year will be the addition of a DJ and we can only imagine more of a party atmosphere than the usual, more conversation-friendly events.

The event is free, all ages, and open to the public. Come out and play some homegrown games, have a few drinks, and maybe showcase your moves on the dance floor. DJ GARF can help you with that last bit.

Local indie game nonprofit Juegos Rancheros announced it was joining forces with the Museum of Human Achievement and putting a hold on its monthly meetups indefinitely. You might know MoHA as the extremely affordable Eastside art space that hosts events, exhibitions, and performances throughout the year next to the Canopy art space.

In a statement on their website the organization claims it will use the time off as a "period of active work to develop the future of our community."

The organization had seen rapid changes since April of 2018 Juegos when co-founder Brandon Boyer was dismissed from the organization’s board of directors after allegations were levied against him. An internal investigation was begun and three months later it was announced via JR’s website that “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.” With that, the dismissal of Boyer was final.

Shortly thereafter Juegos announced the addition of three new board members in an effort to “maintain fresh, diverse voices in leadership.”

Juegos Rancheros
July 3, 7pm
North Door, 501 Brushy

That effort seemed to work as recent meetings were well-attended and, by this writer’s rough estimation, seeing new, diverse faces every month.

Hopefully the upcoming hurrah will not be the last for the nonprofit which was a welcoming spot for local developers to showcase pet projects and early builds of games in addition to meeting other artists.

Get to the North Door and see Juegos Rancheros off, for now. The next day is conveniently Independence Day, so you can dance and drink a bit harder without worrying about the ramifications.

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