Blog on Hiatus

Hello friends! Since it’s the off-season for CUDO Plays, the blog here will be taking a break until July 20th, 2019. Of course we’ll still be running our monthly game nights at the Hyatt, and bi-monthly game nights at Cafe & Co. Take a look at our facebook page to learn more about those, and other awesome game-related events in town!

Weekly Rollup: Apr 20th – Apr 27th

No events to recap from this week since we’re in the off-season for CUDO Plays. However, one exciting thing that we haven’t mentioned here on the blog yet is that our friends at Forced Perspective Entertainment are running their own one-day tabletop gaming convention this fall! Find out more and grab your badges here.

 

Upcoming Events

Beers & Board Games – Saturday, April 27th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

CUDO Plays has joined forces with Cafeteria & Company to help them run bi-monthly game nights. Come out to Cafe & Co. every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month to chill with some games, snacks, and beer/wine/coffee. Don’t miss the fun!  Facebook event

 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Islanders.

CUDO Plays vary rarely recommends videogames, but this is a real gem. Islanders is a super stripped-down version of city building games like Sim City. You start with a randomly-generated island, and some buildings you can construct. Earn points by placing buildings close to certain features and far from others. When you get enough points you can move on to new islands, or keep expanding the one you’re on. It feels like a very chill solo board game. A great way to de-stress after a long day. It’s only $5 so give it a try!

Weekly Rollup: Apr 7th – Apr 13th

No events this week since we’re in the off-season for CUDO Plays, but we’ve got two game nights coming up. Also you can now see some photos of the Grand Exhibition on our Facebook page!

 

Upcoming Events

Beers & Board Games – Saturday, April 13th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

CUDO Plays has joined forces with Cafeteria & Company to help them run bi-monthly game nights. Come out to Cafe & Co. every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month to chill with some games, snacks, and beer/wine/coffee. Don’t miss the fun!  Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays April Game Night: Games of Season 6 – Monday, April 15th

Hyatt Place Champaign @ 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts! CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! This month’s featured games are the games of Season 6 of CUDO Plays. Here’s another chance to play any games you might have missed at the Grand Exhibition. Facebook event

 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Codenames: Duet.

This game keeps the basic elements of the original Codenames — give one-word clues to try to get someone to identify your agents among those on the table — but now you’re working together as a team to find all of your agents! A great game for two players.

Weekly Rollup: Mar 23rd – Mar 30th

CUBED Meeting: Q & A With Jonathan Gilmour

For this month’s CUBED meeting, professional game designer Jonathan Gilmour Skype’d in and answered questions. You can read a full break down of the evening’s discussion here!

Upcoming Events

Grand Exhibition – Sunday, March 31st

Broadway Food Hall @ Noon – 7:00pm

The big event! All submitted board games will be showcased for the community to come and play. The award ceremony will also take place during the Grand Exhibition, where exceptional games will be recognized in eight different categories. This is an event to celebrate creativity and imagination in Champaign-Urbana; feel free to bring anyone you’d like, there’ll be games for all ages, tastes, and skill levels.  Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Dragon Castle.

This is a game heavily inspired by Mahjong Solitaire. During your turn, you take a pair of identical tiles from the central “castle” and place them on your own realm board to build your own castle. From time to time, you may sacrifice these tiles to acquire shrines in their place. Every time you create a set of tiles of the same kind, you “consolidate” them, i.e. flip them face down to score points. When you consolidate a set, you may also build shrines on top of the consolidated tiles: Shrines allow you to score more points, but they also limit your building options. You may also take advantage of the available spirit card and its game-changing powers…but this will come at a cost! Finally, don’t forget to check the dragon card in play, and to follow the building requirements to score bonus points. When the Dragon Castle has been reduced to only one floor, the end of the game is triggered. After one final round, the player with the most points is the lord of the new Dragon Castle…and the winner of the game!

Weekly Rollup: Mar 17th – Mar 23rd

March Game Night: Celtic Games

Another successful game night in the books! Attendees even got to try a brand new prototype from one of our veteran CUDO Plays competitors.

Upcoming Events

Beers & Board Games – Saturday, March 23rd

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

CUDO Plays has joined forces with Cafeteria & Company to help them run bi-monthly game nights. Come out to Cafe & Co. every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month to chill with some games, snacks, and beer/wine/coffee. Don’t miss the fun!  Facebook event

 

Grand Exhibition – Sunday, March 31st

Broadway Food Hall @ Noon – 7:00pm

The big event! All submitted board games will be showcased for the community to come and play. The award ceremony will also take place during the Grand Exhibition, where exceptional games will be recognized in eight different categories. This is an event to celebrate creativity and imagination in Champaign-Urbana; feel free to bring anyone you’d like, there’ll be games for all ages, tastes, and skill levels.  Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Inis.

This is a game of card-drafting and area control. Players act as leaders of different celtic clans vying for control of the region. You can win either through a leadership, territory, or religious victory. Careful drafting, hand management, bluffing, good timing, and a precise understanding of the balance of power are the keys to victory. A beautiful and deep strategy experience.