Weekly Rollup: Aug 6th – Aug

CUDO Plays @ UFLCC

We had such a great time at the Urbana Free Library’s Comic Con! We were very excited to encourage game making and can’t wait til Season 5 starts!

Upcoming Events

August Game Night – Monday, August 21st

Hyatt Place @ 6:30pm
Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts!

CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! Spread the word and let’s have a great time. Whether you’re a serious gamer or just looking to relax and socialize, we’d love to see you there!

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week we recommend, Raxxon.

Raxxon is a 1-4 player cooperative card game set in the Dead of Winter universe at the start of the zombie apocalypse. Players each choose one of six different specialists assisting Raxxon with the evacuation of healthy citizens from among the sick. Citizens take the form of face-down square cards in a grid. Through game actions, these can be flipped to reveal whether they are sick or healthy. There are various types of sick and healthy cards, each triggering different effects when flipped or killed. Flip too many Chaotic sick and you’ll add more citizens to the crowd, or even end the round prematurely. Killing off the healthy can have similar negative effects.

Players win when all healthy citizens are evacuated. Players lose if the infection deck runs out (the deck of only sick people added to the citizen deck each round) or Raxxon maxes out on power and takes over the city.

C-U at Gen Con

If you are somehow unaware, Gen Con, the largest tabletop gaming convention in North America happens NEXT WEEK! This is the event’s historic 50th anniversary, and it is already set to have record-breaking attendance with 75,000 avid gamers all flocking to the Indianapolis Convention Center to take part in the best four days in gaming. In addition, this year marks the highest involvement to date of Champaign-Urbana game designers, filmmakers, and vendors at the con. Here’s the authoritative rundown of all the CUDO Plays competitors, sponsors, and friends who will have a presence at Gen Con.

Designer/Publisher Speed Dating is an exclusive event at Gen Con where a group of game designers get to pitch their games directly to a range of established game publishers. Of the 32 games selected for the Designer/Publisher Speed Dating event this year, three of them are CUDO Plays games!

Team image collage

Top row: Isominoes, End of the Trail, Gimmicks and Grapplers. Bottom row: DemocraSea, Sabotile, Factory Fortunes. All images from CUDO Plays Grand Exhibitions.

Every Gen Con attendee can get in the First Exposure Playtest Hall for free, giving game designers the unparalleled opportunity to have their prototypes played by thousands of gamers from around the world. Three CUDO Plays games will be available for play in the Playtest Hall.

In the exhibitor hall itself, BJ Gailey – Season 4 competitor, and new member of the CUDO Plays Committee – will be demoing his game Victoriana. Check it out in Entrepreneur’s Avenue, Booth 3060!

CU Adventures in Time and Space logo

CUDO Plays sponsor Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Space will be running three different mini escape rooms – The Cabin, Castle Dracula, and The Sword of Zaldor – during the weekend of Gen Con. All these great escapes will be inside room 120 of the Convention Center.

Finally, Forced Perspective Entertainment and the CU Adventures crew both have films which will be shown as part of the Gen Con Film Festival. A number of other C-U filmmakers have submissions as well, including films featured locally in the 2017 Pens to Lens event! Friend of CUDO Plays Gin and Tonic Films will be screening the first four episodes of their web series on game design: Getting on Board

And of course, many members of the CUDO Plays Committee and the C-U gaming community at large will be at Gen Con as attendees and volunteers. If you see a fellow C-U gamer while at Gen Con, make sure to give them a hearty hug, friendly wave, or just a knowing thumbs-up.

Weekly Rollup: Jul 30th – Aug 5th

Upcoming Events

CUDO Plays @ Urbana Free Library’s Comic Con – Saturday, Aug 5th

Urbana Free Library @ 11am-4pm
We will be at CU’s very own Comic Con at the Urbana Free Library  at 11am-4pm on Saturday, August 5th!

August Game Night – Monday, August 21st

Hyatt Place @ 6:30pm
Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts!

CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! Spread the word and let’s have a great time. Whether you’re a serious gamer or just looking to relax and socialize, we’d love to see you there!

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week we recommend, Food Chain Magnate.

Food Chain Magnate is a heavy strategy game about building a fast food chain. The focus is on building your company using a card-driven (human) resource management system. Players compete on a variable city map through purchasing, marketing and sales, and on a job market for key staff members. The game can be played by 2-5 serious gamers in 2-4 hours.

Weekly Rollup: Jul 23rd – Jul 29th

 Upcoming Events

CUDO Plays @ Urbana Free Library’s Comic Con – Saturday, Aug 5th

Urbana Free Library @ 11am-4pm
We will be at CU’s very own Comic Con at the Urbana Free Library  at 11am-4pm on Saturday, August 5th!

August Game Night – Monday, August 21st

Hyatt Place @ 6:30pm
Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts!

CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! Spread the word and let’s have a great time. Whether you’re a serious gamer or just looking to relax and socialize, we’d love to see you there!

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week we recommend, Roll for the Galaxy.

Roll for the Galaxy is a dice game of building space empires for 2–5 players. Your dice represent your populace, whom you direct to develop new technologies, settle worlds, and ship goods. The player who best manages his workers and builds the most prosperous empire wins!

 

Weekly Rollup: Jul 16th – Jul 22nd

July Game Night

We had a great time at this July’s Game Night sharing some of our favorite games to play while we beat the summer heat!

 

 Upcoming Events

CUDO Plays @ Urbana Free Library’s Comic Con – Saturday, Aug 5th

Urbana Free Library @ 11am-4pm
We will be at CU’s very own Comic Con at the Urbana Free Library  at 11am-4pm on Saturday, August 5th!

August Game Night – Monday, August 21st

Hyatt Place @ 6:30pm
Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts!

CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! Spread the word and let’s have a great time. Whether you’re a serious gamer or just looking to relax and socialize, we’d love to see you there!

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week we recommend, The Dwarf King.

This is a seemingly simple trick-taking card game – three suits of 13 cards each, highest value on-suit will take the trick – but of course it has a couple of twists which make it really interesting. Firstly, there are special cards, one of which is randomly selected and shuffled into the deck each round. Some of these cards have suits and values like the rest but are worth bonus points, or negative points! Other special cards just have powers, like The Mummy, which lets you duplicate the card which took the last trick. Then there are goal tiles. These determine how tricks are scored each round and dramatically change the course of play. One round everyone might be going for red cards while the next they’re avoiding them like the plague. The Dwarf King is a great game for trick taking novices and veterans alike and it’s never the same two games in a row.