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Fabricade FAQ

What is Bit Bash Presents: Fabricade?
It is an interactive arts festival where you can play games from around the world, many of which you can only get your hands on at a Bit Bash event. Rooted in tinkering, toying, building, and experimentation, games featured at Fabricade will cover novel game experiences from multiplayer, to physical games and more. You’ll also be able to indulge in delicious libations and hang out with folks who are interested in video games and interactive art from Chicago and around the globe.

What is the Bit Bash Presents series?
This is a title that we use to denote our smaller festivals and events such as Bit Bash Presents: Cool Jazz or Initiation.

Is this the big summer festival this year?
We’re not doing our typical big festival this year. We’re chilling out for a bit to reimagine how to make Bit Bash events more kickass in the years to come, but we love all of you so much we couldn’t stop ourselves from doing something, even if it’s smaller than usual.

What can I expect if I attend?
8-10 diverse games (some with super cool hardware, and many that you can only experience at a Bit Bash event), lots of cool people, and a fun time.

What makes this event different than past events?
We curate a specialized list of games for each event we do and space we exhibit in. Each of our events has a unique vibe designed to fit the theme, and games specially chosen to provide attendees with novel and engaging interactive experiences.

How do I reach someone at Bit Bash?
Shoot us an email at and we’ll be in touch!

Win 2 tickets to Bit Bash 2017 – $60 value!

You could win two tickets to our summer camp on Saturday, August 12th! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter with tweets, following @bitbashchicago, and responding with your thoughts on what indie games mean to you.

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Win 2 Tickets to Little Bash of Horrors!

You could win two tickets to our frightful arcade on Friday, October 28th! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter with tweets, following @bitbashchicago, and helping us with our cocktail list.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for Cool Jazz on March 9th! We had a ton of fun and hope you did, too.

We also want to send a huge thank you to our sponsors: Adult Swim Games, Iron Galaxy, Cards Against Humanity, I Play Games, and Chicago Loot Drop.

We wouldn’t have been able to drink, dance, and play games with over 400 of our closest friends without all of you. Check out some photos from the event:

International Games Day at the Harold Washington Library

We love a good book. That’s why we’re celebrating International Games Day with video games at the library on Saturday instead of reading (makes total sense, right?). We’ll be there with some of our favorite games: Omnibus, Aerobat, Become a Great Artist in 10 Seconds, and Downwell all day from 10AM — 4PM.

Come hang out with us and check out some fun alternative games while checking out a book!

Miss us? Come hang at Neocade

Itching to play some games? Come support the Neo-Futurists next week at Neocade. We’ll be there with these games for your finger appendages: Gardenarium, Shape of the World, JS Joust, Elbow Room, Fotonica, and Chambara. Our buddies VGA Gallery will be bringing corresponding art prints for purchase, too.

When: November 12th at 7:00 PM
What: A night of booze, pizza, indie games, art, prizes and a performance to boot.
Why: The Neo-Futurists are hosting their fall fundraiser to support on-going theatrical programs.
How: Tickets are $40 for general admission.

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A Very Special Thanks to Our Partners

We were lucky enough to make Bit Bash happen in collaboration with Video Game Art Gallery, facilitators of Art Bash, and Cards Against Humanity, who brought you the super chill Quiet Sit Down Fun Lounge of tabletop games.


Video Game Art (VGA) Gallery


Photo by Brent Knepper,

Gaming photography, documentary photography, event photography of Bit Bash Chicago taken at Threadless HQ on August 22, 2015.


VGA Prints – 15% off!
Use code BITBASH for 15% off prints at VGA’s online store, now through Sept. 6th.

Solo Exhibition Opening by William Chyr

Oct. 16th, 5:30PM at Mana Contemporary, 5th floor of 2233 S Throop St

Join us for the opening of a solo exhibition of work from a new puzzle exploration puzzle game by Chicago‐based artist and physicist William Chyr that imagines a universe with a different set of physical laws that will be released in 2016. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the first VGA artist residency co-run with UIC Maker Space.

Chicago-Made Video Games as New Media Art
Sept. 17th during Adler After Dark

VGA’s Chaz Evans will moderate a panel featuring key members of the city’s expanding and vibrant game community:

  • Developer and Bit Bash lead curator Rob Lach
  • Northwestern University academic, graphic designer and game developer Whitney Pow
  • Game developer and Video Game Art Gallery artist-in-residence William Chyr
  • Bit Bash organizer and Robomodo developer Brice Puls


Cards Against Humanity


photo by Brent Knepper,

photo by Brent Knepper,

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Thanks for Playing!

Photo by Brent Knepper

We’re stoked that 1400 of our closest friends joined us for Bit Bash. We had a blast, and we hope you did, too.

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We knew we could count on you.

Photo by Brent Knepper

First, we gotta thank our super rad volunteers 

Thank you to all of you who came to our playtest parties, showed up early, stayed late, cleaned up trash and bathrooms, and worked outside their shift to fill gaps. Thank you to everyone who helped our attendees have the best experience. Everyone is totally grateful for you and your hard work.

We also really want to thank all our sponsors and event partners,
like, a WHOLE BUNCH.

Thanks to Threadless for providing the space; thanks to PlayStation and Alienware for providing the supplies; thanks to HiveSymGymWargamingCGCookie, and Chicago Loot Drop for providing the support; thanks to IPlayGames and SteelSeries for the tech; and of course, to Dark Matter Coffee and Arcade Brewery for the drinks.

Geez, that’s a ton of people.

Now that all our thank you notes are written, check out awesome photos!
All by the talented Brent Knepper (we’re thankful for him, too).

2015 Poster Showcase Entries

We opened submissions for our second Art Bash Poster Showcase to artists and designers back in July. Our guest jury selected designs that best embraced the theme Video Game Future while incorporating risograph production techniques.

Here are the five selections for 2015, available for purchase:

All proceeds go to the artists. Some pieces may be purchased online direct from them, as well. We sincerely appreciate all of the the time and energy spent to create something for our showcase. Check out all the rad work!

A million thanks to all participating artists, guest jury, and VGA Gallery for making this happen. Like to participate in the Poster Showcase next year? Subscribe to Bit Bash email updates.