Weekly Rollup: Jan 13th – Jan 19th

Volition Playtest

In spite of the snow, lots of great blind playtesting happened at this season’s Volition Playtest. Big thanks to all the Volition employees who came out to play our games!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Critical Review –  January 20th

Champaign Public Library, room 222 @ 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Critical Review is a chance for teams to chat with the CUDO Plays committee about what still needs to be done with their game before Turn-In in February. It’s an informal discussion where we will help you set goals for the final weeks of the competition. We want to ensure that every team turns in a game they are proud of! If your team hasn’t signed up for a Critical Review time slot, do so here!

 

CUDO Plays January Game Night: Holiday Haul – Monday, January 21th

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! The featured games for this month is any games you got during the holidays that you haven’t gotten to play! Of course game prototypes from Season 6 are always welcome as well. Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays @ Winter War – Sunday, Januray 27th

Hawthorne Suites/Champaign Suites @ 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 6 competitor, this is a great opportunity to get your game in front of some hardcore gamers that you might not see otherwise. Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays @ Lodge Con – Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th

Will County Fair Atrium, Peotone, Illinois @ 8:00am – 6:00pm

For the first time ever, CUDO Plays will have a presence at Lodge Con, the annual gaming convention in Peotone, IL!
Current and past CUDO Plays competitors are encouraged to bring their prototype games. This is a great chance to get your game played by hardcore gamers from all over the state, and also this the LAST OFFICIAL PLAYTEST EVENT before Season 6 Turn-In. Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Sheriff of Nottingham.

Prince John is coming to Nottingham! Players, in the role of merchants, see this as an opportunity to make quick profits by selling goods in the bustling city during the Prince’s visit. However, players must first get their goods through the city gate, which is under the watch of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Should you play it safe with legal goods and make a profit, or risk it all by sneaking in illicit goods? Be mindful, though, as the Sheriff always has his eyes out for liars and tricksters and if he catches one, he very well may confiscate those goods for himself! In Sheriff of Nottingham, players will not only be able to experience Nottingham as a merchant of the city, but each turn one player will step into the shoes of the Sheriff himself. Players declare goods they wish to bring into the city, goods that are secretly stored in their burlap sack. The Sheriff must then determine who gets into the city with their goods, who gets inspected, and who may have their goods confiscated!

Weekly Rollup: Jan 5th – Jan 12th

More CUBED Playtesting!

CUBED continues to run playtest events on both Sundays and Wednesdays. Make sure to stay tuned to this blog and the CUBED page on Facebook so you never miss a playtesting event! Feel free to attend even if you don’t have a design, but just want to talk about your game ideas. The members of CUBED are always happy to do some brainstorming and give some helpful advice.

 

Upcoming Events

CUBED Focused Playtest: Pyrric – Wednesday, January 16th

Titan Games, Urbana @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Every week until Turn-In, CUBED is running focused playtest events. Sign up to get your game played and get feedback from veteran local designers. After the feature game is played, there’s time for other playtesting as well, so feel free to bring your game even if it isn’t your week! Next week’s featured game is Pyrrhic. Fight other giant mechs and steal resources to be the king of the wasteland! Facebook event

 

Critical Review –  January 19th & 20th

19th Location TBD @ 10:00am – 1:30pm

20th Location TBD @ 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Critical Review is a chance for teams to chat with the CUDO Plays committee about what still needs to be done with their game before Turn-In in February. It’s an informal discussion where we will help you set goals for the final weeks of the competition. We want to ensure that every team turns in a game they are proud of! If your team hasn’t signed up for a Critical Review time slot, do so here!

 

CUDO Plays January Game Night: Holiday Haul – Monday, January 21th

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! The featured games for this month is any games you got during the holidays that you haven’t gotten to play! Of course game prototypes from Season 6 are always welcome as well. Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays @ Winter War – Sunday, Januray 27th

Hawthorne Suites/Champaign Suites @ 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 6 competitor, this is a great opportunity to get your game in front of some hardcore gamers that you might not see otherwise. Facebook event

 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Haggis.

This is an excellent climbing game (similar to trick-taking games) for 2-3 players. Play sets or straights from your hand and hope that your opponents can’t best them. First to deplete their whole hand wins the round and a stack of points. However, each player starts with a set of powerful wild cards that they can use at any time. These can turn a mediocre hand into a game-winner at any time! Use them strategically to rack up points and win the game. Haggis is a must-own for any lover of trick-taking games or tactical card games in general.

CUDO Plays’ Stocking Stuffer/Tiny Game Gift Guide

Tis the season of giving, and that means giving games! Here are the recommendations from each member of the CUDO Plays committee for highly portable games. Perfect for putting in a stocking, or giving to a family member, loved one, tolerable coworker, or distant acquaintance in nearly any context. All of these games are recommended for play with passionate gamers and non-gamers alike, and they’re so small, you can bring them to any gathering! Many of these games are available at your local Target or other major department store or bookstore. And of course, all of them are available online! Click the info link to see more pictures, reviews, and where to buy.

 

 

Andrew – Sushi Go

It’s cute, it’s simple, it’s lots of fun, but your decisions are still very meaningful. Teaches the idea of card drafting – a great mechanic that shows up in a lot of games but usually comes with a ton of complicated bells and whistles. This is the simple version that I’ve played in restaurants before eating. There is also the more-advanced Sushi Go Party, which is great, but slightly too large to be on this list. More info

 

BJ – Mr. Jack Pocket

Mr. Jack Pocket is a fantastic spatial cat-and-mouse game for two. One player is Mr. Jack, whose identity is hidden among 9 possible characters in a 3 x 3 grid representing the backstreets of London. The other player controls Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and their trusty dog, moving around the perimeter of the city. Players alternate selecting from four randomized actions (player 1 picks one, player 2 picks two, then player 1 gets the last action) that either move the detectives or rearrange the streets themselves. If, at the end of the round, one of the detectives has direct line of sight to Mr. Jack and no one else, he is caught! But stay undiscovered for six rounds and Mr. Jack escapes. More info

 

 

Chris – Gloom

For the people in your life who are a little bit contrarian. In Gloom you are trying to kill off all the members in one of four different families by layering bad life events on to them. And I literally mean “layering” as the clear cards allow you to still see the characters as you stack on compounding tragedies and situations. The game is easy to learn, the art looks like it came from early Adams Family comics, and the humor is dark like winter nights. More info

 

Jess – Windup War

Super cute game that’s toy-themed. The tiny cards are good for small hands and even if they don’t “get” it, kids will make up their own rules and just play and have a great time. Program the actions of your wind-up toy army and try to defeat all your opponents and be the last one standing! And did I mention it was designed by CUDO Plays veterans? More info

 

Kaity – Five Crowns

If you’re looking to level up your younger game-players (8+) I’d advise picking up a copy of the rummy-style card game: Five Crowns. I found it to be the perfect middle ground for newer game-players and those folks in the family who enjoy card-game classics like Rummy or Euchre. Full disclosure – I credit this game with tricking me into learning higher level card game concepts as a child when it was gifted to my family. The funny thing is, I didn’t even realize it because I was just mesmerized by the gorgeous art on the cards which continues to delight me today. More info

 

Katie – iota

This very small game has a lot of style. iota is like SET, but more thoughtful and way less stressful. Play cards with matching attributes to get points. Take it anywhere and teach to anyone! More info

 

Rebecca – Flexi Puzzle

In my family, the stockings were to keep us in bed & quiet until the parents woke up so I’m recommending a brain-teaser/solitaire game.
I like the Flexi Puzzle because it’s highly tactile and comes with specific challenges. If you had two, you and a friend could race to see who solves first! More info

 

Tim – Zogen

The pattern-recognition speed game with bluffing. Throw down your cards as fast as you can, but they can only have one shape different from the last card. You have to call out the difference as you play. In order to win, you may need to lie, and hope that you don’t get caught before other players pile on top. A simple, but frantic game. Great for kids and competitive people of all ages. More info

 

Tom – Mint Works

First off, this game comes in a little mints tin, and the playing pieces look like mints! That’s obviously awesome, but the actual gameplay is great too. Mint Works is a good way to introduce new people to worker-placement games, but it’s also a fun and highly portable example of that genre in its own right. More info

Weekly Rollup: Dec 8th – Dec 15th

Playability Workshop

Our first-ever Playability Workshop was a success! The teams that came out got valuable feedback on their written rules, and tips to ensure their games are playable by the judges, and by everyone.

 

 

More CUBED Playtesting!

More successful CUBED playtest events this week on both Sunday and Wednesday. Make sure to stay tuned to this blog and the CUBED page on Facebook so you never miss a playtesting event! Feel free to attend even if you don’t have a design, but just want to talk about your game ideas. The members of CUBED are always happy to do some brainstorming and give some helpful advice.

 

Upcoming Events

 

CUDO Plays December Game Night: Mo’ Playtesting! – Monday, December 17th

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! The featured games for this month are the new prototype games of CUDO Plays Season 6. Facebook event

CUDO Plays events will be a little sparse from now until the New Year. Happy holidays and we hope you enjoy some games time with your family and loved ones.

 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Lasers & Feelings.

Lasers & Feelings is a roleplaying game about playing in a ridiculous parody Star Trek-style universe. We don’t usually recommend tabletop roleplaying games here on the CUDO Plays blog, but this is a great one. Just one page of rules to learn, but it’s still tons of fun for RPG veterans and newcomers alike. A great game for getting a taste of what the RPG craze is all about. You can download the game for free here! There are also a number of L&F spinoffs for playing games in other genres.

Weekly Rollup: Dec 1st – Dec 8th

How to Present Your Game Workshop

Another successful HtPYG Workshop is in the books! Remember, teaching your own game is a skill; you’ll need to practice to become great at it!

 

More CUBED Playtesting!

More successful CUBED playtest events this week on both Wednesday and Thursday. Make sure to stay tuned to this blog and the CUBED page on Facebook so you never miss a playtesting event!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Playability Workshop – Saturday, December 8th

Champaign Public Library Room 215 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Your game is going well, but can people understand it if you aren’t around to explain it? You’d better hope so since the judges will be playing your game without you in the room. Every year some games are played incorrectly by the judges, and we don’t want that to happen to you! Come to the Playability Workshop for tips and advice about how to write clear, concise rules for your game. This is our last informational workshop before Turn-In in February, don’t miss it! Facebook event

 

Beers & Board Games – Saturday, December 8th

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

CUDO Plays has joined forces with Cafeteria & Company to help them run their 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 December Game Night: Mo’ Playtesting! – Monday, December 17th

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! The featured games for this month are the new prototype games of CUDO Plays Season 6. Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Railroad Ink.

In this game, your goal is to connect as many exits on your board as possible. Each round, a set of dice are rolled in the middle of the table, determining which kind of road and railway routes are available to all players. You have to draw these routes on your erasable boards to create transport lines and connect your exits, trying to optimize the available symbols better than your opponents. The more exits you connect, the more points you score at the end of the game, but you lose points for each incomplete route, so plan carefully! Will you press your luck and try to stretch your transportation network to the next exit, or will you play it safe and start a new, simpler to manage route? A fun “roll-and-write” game for the whole family. Also, there are two different versions, and both are great!