Weekly Rollup: Nov 9th – Nov 16th

CUDO Plays @ Allen Hall

CUDO Plays teams past and present were present for our first ever game night at Allen Hall on the U of I campus. Lots of residents from Allen Hall turned out to playtest and just chat about games. A very successful event and we hope to do more in the future!

 

Upcoming Events

 

How to Present Your Game Workshop – Saturday, November 16th

Makerspace Urbana, inside the Independent Media Center @ 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Teaching games is a skill, and you’ll need to be an expert at teaching your own game if your playtests are going to be successful. Come learn how to present your game to new players, and also get some expert tips on writing and laying out your rulebook. Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays November Game Night: Playtesting! – Monday, November 18th

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

November game night playtesting

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 7. Facebook event

 

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, December 14th

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 Holiday Party and Rules Reception – Saturday, December 14th

Cafeteria & Company Urbana @ 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Right after our normal Beer & Board games night, join the broader CUDO for their holiday party! Get to know the other parts of CUDO and play fun games and activities. This night is also the deadline for CUDO Plays teams to turn in a first draft of their rules. We hope you’ll turn in your draft then come party, but you’re welcome to turn your rules in by email as well. Of course rules will change a lot between now and Turn-In in February, but we want teams to get an early start.

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Reavers of Midgard!

In this game you play as vikings attempting to gain glory by raiding nearby villages for their riches, sacking well-fortified castles and battling both man and monster on the open seas. You’ll not only need to take your rowdy crew and the food needed to keep them happy along for the ride but you’ll also have to recruit a crew of elite warriors – the Reavers. Reavers can be used in three different ways. They can be made your ship’s leader, earning you a one-time bonus and enabling your warriors to be more versatile in combat. They can also be used to rally more warriors to your cause, filling your ship to the brim with the right fighters for the right situations. Finally, they can also be used to help your crew specialize, earning you a bonus every time your crew sails into battle. Whoever can earn the most glory after six rounds will be the winner.

Book Review: Building Blocks of Tabletop Game Design

The CUDO Plays blog has never done a book review before, but this book it something special.

Building Blocks of Tabletop Game Design: An Encyclopedia of Mechanisms is the first truly well-organized and educational resource explaining the many different common mechanics of modern tabletop games. In the past, when competitors would ask if there’s a list of all game mechanics, we at CUDO Plays would point them to the big list of mechanics tags over at BoardGameGeek. However this list is all user-generated, is not in any kind of hierarchy or organized structure beyond alphabetical order, and contains a bunch of overlapping terms. Building Blocks of Tabletop Game Design on the other hand has broken out concepts into 13 overarching categories that are easy to find an understand.

Though the book does not set out to be a COMPLETELY COMPREHENSIVE list of game mechanics (which is probably impossible), it nonetheless contains all the big genres you know and love if you’re a seasoned tabletop gamer, plus a bunch of concepts you might not have heard of at all.

The authors, Geoffrey Englestein, and Isaac Shalev, are both seasoned game designers with lots of experience in the industry and they do an excellent job explaining complex concepts. Not only that, but the write-up for each concept contains helpful and charming icons, explanations of why you might use a certain mechanic, and a list of games that have each mechanic.

There really has never been a resource like this. Though I wouldn’t recommend reading this book cover to cover (in the same way that you probably wouldn’t read an encyclopedia all the way through), whether you’re designing your first tabletop game or your 50th, Building Blocks of Tabletop Game Design has something to teach you.

Though the book is rather expensive, a copy is now available through the University of Illinois Library for anyone to check out. (well okay, it’s not available right when this post is happening because I have it checked out, but I’m gonna return it soon, I promise! )

Weekly Rollup: Oct 26th – Nov 2nd

CUDO Plays @ SCD Fall Into Halloween

We had a great time at the “Fall Into Halloween” festival organized by the Siebel Center for Design and hosted by the Fab Lab. For this event we had people make their own decks for Skull, our favorite bluffing game, and taught them how to play.

Upcoming Events

Playtest Convention – Saturday, November 2nd

Lincoln Square Mall @ 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Come to the CUDO Plays Playtest Convention for Season 7! This is a day to play the new prototypes and for CUDO Plays competitors to get feedback from the Champaign-Urbana gaming community. Refreshments and snacks will be provided, and you will receive invaluable critique from people with years of experience. Teams can bring their games in any condition. Don’t be afraid, every game has to start somewhere! We will provide playtest feedback forms for players to fill out! Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Monster Crunch!

In this fast-paced game of luck and strategy, players collect as many Cereal Cards in their Bowls as they can. Each Monster has special powers to give you an advantage and help you gobble up the most cereal. Use Milk Tokens to combine Cereal Cards and take bigger bites. The Monster Cereal character that munches the most wins the game!

Weekly Rollup: Oct 19th – Oct 26th

Making Workshop

Another productive installment of the CUDO Plays Making Workshop!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, October 26th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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

Playtest Convention – Saturday, November 2nd

Lincoln Square Mall @ 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Come to the CUDO Plays Playtest Convention for Season 7! This is a day to play the new prototypes and for CUDO Plays competitors to get feedback from the Champaign-Urbana gaming community. Refreshments and snacks will be provided, and you will receive invaluable critique from people with years of experience. Teams can bring their games in any condition. Don’t be afraid, every game has to start somewhere! We will provide playtest feedback forms for players to fill out! Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends PARKS.

This game is a celebration of the US National Parks featuring illustrious art from Fifty-Nine Parks. In PARKS, players will take on the role of two hikers as they trek through different trails across four seasons of the year. While on the trail, these hikers will take actions and collect memories of the places your hikers visit. These memories are represented by various resource tokens like mountains and forests. Collecting these memories in sets will allow players to trade them in to visit a National Park at the end of each hike.

 

Weekly Rollup: Oct 5th – Oct 12th

Season 7 Pitch Night

Pitches, pizza, and some great discussion afterwards!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, October 12th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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

Making Workshop – Saturday, October 19th

Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab @ 1:00pm – 3:30pm

We’ll show you community resources to make cheap, awesome looking games, and you’ll learn about laser cutters and 3D printers. This is going to be the workshop that evolves your game from ‘stuff I found in my basement’ to top shelf material. We will have Season 1 winners of our Craft category walking you through what they did to make their game look amazing!

CUDO Plays October Game Night: SpoooOOOooky Games – Monday, October 21st

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 theme for this month is of course SPOOKY GAMES!

 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends The Bottle Imp.

In this trick-taking game based on the short story by Robert Louis Stevenson of the same name, the goal is to gain the most points over a series of hands.