DBAArcade Newsletter no.13: // MAGFest 2019 Indie Arcade Recap, Secret Project Robot Residency

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Welcome to the 13th installment of our newsletter—our first of 2019. We've already done a lot and it's shaping up to be a very big year for us.

MAGFest 2019 Indie Arcade Wrap-up

We kicked off 2019 by creating the biggest indie arcade at MAGFest since we started bringing our cabinets there five years ago. It was 72 hours of nonstop gaming and music from Thursday, January 3rd to Sunday, January 6th at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. In addition to our own collection, this was the second year we were given curatorial control over the Indie Arcade, and we spent months leading up to MAGFest selecting other indie arcade games from around the world. We selected 30 games this year, including Scoot Pooch, 1000 Button Project, eCheeseZone, Kitchen Mania, geobio, Soarin Scurry, Sashimi Slammers, DobotoneOssia Glow, Phillytron, Don't Push Me, Robo Puzzle Smash. See the complete list in our MAGFest writeup.

How To Build an Arcade Cabinet Panel

If you weren't able to see it in person, check out the recording of our How To Build an Arcade Cabinet panel, hosted by Mark Kleback, Andy Wallace, Dustin Long, Allen Riley, Kyle Magocs, and Jonah Wallerstein. As part of the panel, the team assembled the Kung Fu Kickball cabinet in an hour in front of an audience. It was a huge success, with people lining up outside a completely filled room. We are already looking into getting a larger space to do it again next year.

Just as we've done in previous years, we hosted a series of indie arcade tournaments with custom laser-cut medals as prizes.

Here are some more pictures from the weekend...

Secret Project Robot Residency

We've been wanting to do a gallery with Secret Project Robot ever since 2016 when we installed an arcade in their sister bar, Flowers For All Occasions. Straight after MAGFest, we brought 10 games from our collection to Secret Project Robot for our month-long residency, kicked off by the launch party for our latest cabinet, Kung Fu Kickball. In addition to the Kung Fu Kickball launch party on January 10th, we hosted one of Andy Wallace's Weird Magic: The Gathering events on January 13th, a second Alt.Ctrl showcase on January 16th, and an exhibition of Virtual Virtual Reality on January 16th. The games are available to play during regular events taking place at SPR.

If you haven't made it out to one of our SPR events yet, or you can't get enough, we have two more coming up.

Tuesday, Jan 29th, 7pm-12am
Small Games presented by DBAA!

A celebration of games running on small screens, small platforms and with small scopes. Come play a bevy of Small Games in addition to DBAA's complete indie arcade library!

Small Games appearing (with more to be announced):

Snowball Showdown by bridgs
Star Versus 2 Demo by Studio Dustmop
Wobble Garden by Robin Baumgarten
Filthy Kitchen by Studio Dustmop
Ralph 4 by pubby

$10 online via withFriends or at the door.

Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2pm-12am
Drone Night (February 10th) 

Last year, we hosted a 12-Hour Drone show at H0L0 featuring over 40 local musicians. This year, we're doing it again at Secret Project Robot.

From 2pm to midnight we'll host a Drone Show at Secret Project Robot where musicians will rotate in and play in one-hour intervals. The drone won't stop for 10 hours. Drop in, zone out, play some games. Cover is $10.

Don't Forget... 

If you like what we do, become a member on WithFriends and help us raise money for more future partnerships.

And we're always looking for volunteers to build new games and help plan our events. If you'd like to get involved, join our Volunteer Facebook Group or email someone@deathbyaudioarcade.com!

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