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.

Weekly Rollup: Mar 9th – Mar 16th

No events this week as we gear up for the Grand Exhibition! If you’re not following us on Facebook, we’ve been posting all of the games for this season, one per day. Check it out!

Upcoming Events

CUDO Plays January Game Night: Celtic Games – Monday, March 18th

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! For St. Patrick’s the featured games this month are celtic games. Bring all your games about the British Isles. Or just some games that are green. 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 Spyfall.

Spyfall is played over several rounds, and at the start of each round all players receive cards showing the same location — a casino, a traveling circus, a pirate ship, or even a space station — except that one player receives a card that says “Spy” instead of the location. Players then start asking each other questions — “Why are you dressed so strangely?” or “When was the last time we got a payday?” or anything else you can come up with — trying to guess who among them is the spy. The spy doesn’t know where they are, so they have to listen carefully. When it’s their time to answer, they’d better create a good story! At any time during a round, one player may accuse another of being a spy. If all other players agree with the accusation, the round ends and the accused player has to reveal his identity. If the spy is uncovered, all other players score points. However, the spy can himself end a round by announcing that he understands what the secret location is; if his guess is correct, only the spy scores points. After a few rounds of guessing, suspicion and bluffing, the game ends and whoever has scored the most points is victorious!

Weekly Rollup: Mar 2nd – Mar 9th

Marketing Workshop

Another great Marketing Workshop this season with some of the best speakers we’ve ever had. Everyone in attendance learned a bunch. Here’s a rundown of all the talks and some key takeaways:

  • Matt Holden: Indie Game Alliance and Networking in the Board Game Industry
    • You gotta put yourself and your game out there if you’re going to be successful
    • Go to as many events are you are able and be constructive with your criticism
    • The Indie Game Alliance is a great community to help independent game designers
  • Alex Corrao & Kerry Rundle McIver of Panda Game Manufacturing: A Crash Course in Game Manufacturing
    • Getting a game ready for mass production takes time and work
    • To keep costs down, use components that appear in other games and use cards as much as possible
    • You can get a free price quote from pandagm.com
    • Minimum order is 1500 units
    • Panda is committed to helping indie game designers get their game produced!
  • Pat East: Fantastic Artists and Where to Find Them
    • There are many places to find artists online, but don’t forget, you can find local artists at UIUC, Parkland, and CUDO
    • When working with artists (or anyone really) be polite and value their time
    • Have a good idea what your art needs are for your game
    • If you want a specific style or look, say so! Using reference images is encouraged!
    • Communication and respect are key
  • Ben Moy: How to Have an Online Presence in the Board Game World
    • Try lots of different social media platforms, but then stick to those that work best for your style
    • Like stuff, post comment to others, get involved in discussions, but be polite!
    • Make friends with cool folks in the industry people! That’s the whole point!
    • Don’t overwhelm yourself though, make a schedule that works for you and stick to it

 

Upcoming Events

Beers & Board Games – Saturday, March 9th

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 Bandido.

A prisoner is trying to escape through tunnels beneath the jail! Block off the tunnels before the cards run out in this co-op game for the whole family.

Weekly Rollup: Feb 24th – Mar 2nd

CUBED Meeting: Board Game Brainstorm

Now that this Season’s games have been turned in, it’s time to start cooking up designs for next time! For this month’s CUBED meeting, attendees were given random game themes and mechanics and given some time to brainstorm game ideas incorporating the two.

 

Upcoming Events

Marketing Workshop – Saturday, March 2nd

Pixo Cafe @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Congratulations! You’ve designed a board game, it’s ready for the Final Exhibition and you can already taste the sweet victory of winning our categories. However, there is more in store for you and your board game! We’re going to walk you through a number of strategies to bring your beautiful creation to the masses. You’ll learn about how to deal with publishers, how to make sure the right people are hearing about your game and what to do if you want to take your game on to the national stage! Local marketing experts will run you through the do’s and don’ts of a successful marketing campaign, in preparation for giving your board game the absolute best chance of commercial success.  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 Panic Lab.

Amoebas have escaped and are slithering around in all directions! Catch them fast! In this game the player-scientists have their hands full trying to figure out which amoeba to catch and where it might have oozed off to. To set up the game, shuffle the 25 cards, then lay them out in a circle. At the start of a round, one player rolls four special dice which indicate the color, shape and pattern of the amoeba being sought as well as the color of the lab it left and in which direction it was traveling. Competing at the same time, players need to find the lab, then move in the right direction to spot the amoeba. But wait! If you encounter a vent after leaving the lab, you need to skip to the next vent in the circle before continuing your search. (Amoebas prefer to travel in the dark when possible.) Plus, if an amoeba passes through one of three mutation devices in the circle, you need to alter the criteria for your search, looking for a tentacled amoeba instead of one with a tail, for example, or an orange/red amoeba instead of a blue/purple one. The first player to lay their hand on the correct card collects a token, and the first player to collect five tokens wins!

Season 6 Grand Exhibition

CUDO Plays, your local Board Game Design Competition, is excited to announce that it’s holding its sixth annual Grand Exhibition on Sunday, March 31st from noon to 7pm at Broadway Food Hall in Urbana!

CUDO Plays brings together local gamers, designers, and makers to build unique, homemade tabletop games. 16 totally original board games have been submitted for this season of the competition. Grand Exhibition will give the different teams an opportunity to show their games off to the public and commemorate their months of hard work. Each game will be playable by attendees. At the end of the evening, games will be awarded prizes for excellence in the following categories: Accessibility, Marketability, Replay Value, Craft, Visual Design, Enrichment, Innovation, and Theme.

This is a free, family-friendly event, and anyone with an interest in board gaming or design is invited to stop in and experience the wonderful local creations. There will be a diverse range of games, with a mix of eclectic genres. There’s games for every age and skill level, whether you’re interested in fighting inside a giant robot or managing your own fleet of food trucks!

A breakdown of the Grand Exhibition:

Noon – 5:00pm: Open Gaming, show up whenever you want and play whatever games seem cool to you.

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Dinner hour. The restaurants and bar inside Broadway Food Hall will be open and serving all afternoon, but we want to make sure the game creators get a chance to eat too!

6:00pm: Awards Ceremony!

CUDO Plays is sponsored mainly by local businesses, with prizes provided by Gopher Mafia Games, Live Action Games, Titan Games, Elf Creek Games, C-U Adventures in Time and SpaceIndie Game Alliance, Print & Play Games, and The Game Crafter. Every attendee also gets a free raffle ticket with the chance to win some popular new games and accessories! (Provided by Alliance Game Distributors)

For more information about CUDO Plays, please visit cudoplays.com
Also, check out thecudo.org to learn about our parent organization CUDO, the Champaign Urbana Design Organization.