Don’t Stop Designing! (Hold on to that Feeling)

Pretty slow week for CUDO Plays events due to the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you get a break from working on your game! Be sure to check out our new blog post from BJ Gailey about great game design resources. You can also visit the downloadables page at for presentations and handouts from our workshops. Keep those creative juices flowing!


Upcoming Events

CUDO Plays is hoping to set up a playtest event or two over the holidays. These plans haven’t firmed up yet, but stay tuned for more information!

Open Playtest at Titan Games – Thurs, Januray 4th

Titan Games @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Ring in the new year with some playtesting! If you’re a CUDO Plays competitor, bring your game and get valuable feedback to help your design. If you’re not in the competition come out and play some locally-designed games!

Don’t forget to invite friends, and remember, you can never playtest too much.  Facebook event


Open Playtest at G-Mart Comics – Monday, Januray 15th

G-Mart Comics Champaign @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

In lieu of our normal monthly game night, we’re pleased to announce our first playtest event at G-Mart Comics in Champaign! If you attend you’ll also be getting a sneak peek at G-Mart’s gaming space.  Facebook event
CUDO Plays @ Winter War – Sunday, Januray 28th

Hawthorne Suites Champaign @ 2:00pm – 5:00pm

As always, CUDO Plays will have a room for open playtesting at Winter War, the local gaming convention. You don’t need to be a con attendee to join in, but if you’re a Season 5 competitor, this is a great opportunity to get your game in front of some hardcore gamers that you might not see otherwise.


CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Brave Rats.

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This game (which also goes by the name “R”) may be the best two player game you can play in five minutes. Each player starts with the same hand of eight cards numbered zero through seven. Each turn, both players select a card and reveal simultaneously, and the higher value wins. Seems crazy simple, but each card has it’s own special power that helps it counter other cards and strategies. For example, one card dictates that the lower value wins the turn, another increases the value of your next turn’s card. The first player to win four turns wins the game. Try to outsmart your opponent but know that they’ll be playing mind games with you. Brave Rats is by acclaimed designer Seiji Kanai who created Love Letter, and both games are ones you should carry at all times so you can game at a moment’s notice!