Adventure Time Game Jam
As part of what would become a yearly Fantastic Arcade tradition, I worked with Cartoon Network and creator Pendleton Ward to help host the Adventure Time Game Making Frenzy, a weekend-long game jam where developers around the world created games based on the beloved series.
A selection of the games were then loaded on to a BMO-faced custom arcade cabinet and displayed throughout the 2012 Fantastic Arcade. Here, I also worked with comic book publisher KaBOOM! and illustrator Eleanor Davis (a long-time favorite) to wrap the cabinet in her original design created for an earlier limited-edition cover of the Adventure Time comic book.
Ward created a video (below) welcoming everyone to the game jam, and ultimately chose the winner amongst all the entries: Adventure Minute, from Vlambeer’s JW Nijman and Kitty Calis, who created the game on-site at Fantastic Arcade’s jam space before that year’s festival.
For creating the winning game, JW & Kitty were awarded a real-live actual crossbow donated by Ultima creator Richard ‘Lord British’ Garriott. The crossbow was hand-crafted by Austin’s New World Arbalest, founded by David R. Watson, the real-life inspiration for Ultima craftsman Iolo. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.