Weekly Rollup: Apr 16th – Apr 22nd

Design a Game Event

We had a great time with all the kids at the Champaign Public Library! It is never too early to learn about board game design!

 

CUDO Plays Academy + Illinois MakerLab

CUDO Plays is partnering with the Illinois MakerLab for a week-long camp, taking participants through the entire process of board game design from brainstorming ideas to creating components. Each session will cover a different aspect from game design, from quick prototyping to envisioning components, with demonstrations on how to model game pieces with 3d modeling software (Fusion 360).

This camp will be for 13-17 year olds and you can find out more info or sign up here!

 

Upcoming Events

CUDO Plays @ Tabletop Day – Saturday, April 29th

Titan Games
On International Tabletop Day we will have games of Season 4 demoing at Titan Games! Come join us and play some awesome locally designed games!

 

May Game Night – Monday, May 15th

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’d like to recommend, Burke’s Gambit!

In Burke’s Gambit, players take on specific roles of Captain, Marine, Comms Officer and more as they take turns and roll a die. The possibilities of the die include damaging another player, healing themselves, looking at a crew affiliation card, or even scanning a player’s diagnostic card. But if you roll an engine power up, you hasten the ship’s arrival to Earth. When Burke’s Gambit reaches Earth, a vote must be held to eject someone from the airlock (assuming anyone’s left)!

Weekly Rollup: Apr 9th – Apr 15th

More Photo Albums Uploaded

We’ve added a couple more photo albums from this past Season 4!

December Game Night

 

January Game Night

 

Winter War

 

Upcoming Events

April Game Night – Monday, April 17th

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’d like to recommend, Blokus!

Blokus  is an abstract strategy game with transparent, Tetris-shaped, colored pieces that players are trying to play onto the board. The only caveat to placing a piece is that it may not lie adjacent to your other pieces, but instead must be placed touching at least one corner of your pieces already on the board.

The game ends when all players are blocked from laying down any more of their pieces. This also includes any players who may have placed all of their pieces on the board. Scores are tallied, and the player with the highest score is the winner.

Weekly Rollup: Apr 2nd – Apr 8th

Locally Designed Game on Kickstarter!

Check out this neat game on Kickstarter created by local designer, Dave Sheppard, a CUDO Plays alum of Season 3!

 

Upcoming Events

Design a Game with CUDO Plays – Saturday, April 15th

Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Rm A & B @ 3:00pm
Want to design your own board game? CUDO, the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization, will walk you through every step, from coming up with a concept to creating the rules and picking out pieces. At the end of the event, teams will present their games to the group and celebrate their hard work. A selection of game pieces and prototyping materials will be provided. Also, games from past CUDO Plays events will be showcased for inspiration. This is a great chance for a family to make a game together, or a group of friends to share ideas.

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week we’d like to recommend, Santorini!

Santorini is a non-abstract re-imagining of the 2004 edition. Since its original inception over 30 years ago, Santorini has been endlessly developed, enhanced and refined by mathematician and educator, Dr. Gordon Hamilton.

Santorini is a highly accessible pure strategy game that is simple enough for an elementary school classroom. But with enough gameplay depth and content for even hardcore gamers to explore, Santorini is truly a game for everyone. The rules are deceptively simple. Each turn consists of 2 steps:

1. Move – move one of your builders into a neighboring space. You may move your Builder Pawn on the same level, step-up one level, or step down any number of levels.

2. Build – Then construct a building level adjacent to the builder you moved. When building on top of the third level, place a dome instead, removing that space from play.

Winning the game – If either of your builders reaches the third level, you win.

Weekly Rollup: Mar 26th – Apr 1st

New Photo Albums!

There are more new albums up on our Facebook pages of events that this season, go check them out!

How to Present Your Game Workshop

 

Titan Games Playtest Night

 

Upcoming Events

Design a Game with CUDO Plays – Saturday, April 15th

Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Rm A & B @ 3:00pm
Want to design your own board game? CUDO, the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization, will walk you through every step, from coming up with a concept to creating the rules and picking out pieces. At the end of the event, teams will present their games to the group and celebrate their hard work. A selection of game pieces and prototyping materials will be provided. Also, games from past CUDO Plays events will be showcased for inspiration. This is a great chance for a family to make a game together, or a group of friends to share ideas.

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week we’d like to recommend, Vast: The Crystal Caverns!

Vast takes you and your friends into the torch light of a classic cave-crawling adventure, built on the concept of total asymmetry. Gone are days of the merry band of travelers fighting off evil. In Vast, you will become part of a new legend… Any part you wish!

Play as the classic, daring Knight, the chaotic Goblin horde, the colossal, greedy Dragon, or even the Cave itself — powerful, brooding, and intent on crushing the living things that dare to disturb its gloomy depths. Each role has its own powers, pieces, and paths to victory…and there can be only one winner.

As the ultimate asymmetric board game, Vast: The Crystal Caverns provides a limitless adventure, playable again and again as you and your friends explore the four different roles in different combinations. Play one-on-one in a race to the death between the Knight and the Goblins, or add in the Dragon and the Cave for deeper and more epic experiences, different every time.

Weekly Rollup: Mar 19th – Mar 25th

March Game Night

Even in our off season we are gaming!

 

Upcoming Events

Design a Game with CUDO Plays – Saturday, April 15th

Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Rm A & B @ 3:00pm
Want to design your own board game? CUDO, the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization, will walk you through every step, from coming up with a concept to creating the rules and picking out pieces. At the end of the event, teams will present their games to the group and celebrate their hard work. A selection of game pieces and prototyping materials will be provided. Also, games from past CUDO Plays events will be showcased for inspiration. This is a great chance for a family to make a game together, or a group of friends to share ideas.

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week we’d like to recommend, Lanterns!

In Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, players have a hand of tiles depicting various color arrangements of floating lanterns, as well as an inventory of individual lantern cards of specific colors. When you place a tile, all players (you and your opponents) receive a lantern card corresponding to the color on the side of the tile facing them. Place carefully to earn cards and other bonuses for yourself, while also looking to deny your opponents. Players gain honor by dedicating sets of lantern cards — three pairs, for example, or all seven colors — and the player with the most honor at the end of the game wins.