Weekly Rollup: Aug 13th – Aug19th

CUDO Plays @ Gen Con

Lots of CUDO Plays contestants, sponsors, are at Gen Con. Check out our blog posts on the subject, and come say hi!

DemocraSea

DemocraSea at Publisher Speed Dating

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, Steam Park.

In Steam Park, each player is building a theme park to cater to steam-powered robot visitors. Each player rolls dice at the same time to determine the actions they’ll take. You can reroll as much as you want, but be quick! The first player to finish rolling gets a nice bonus. Then players use the symbols on their dice to build various rides at their park and attract paying visitors. The player with the most cash at the end of the game wins, but it’s not so simple. Visitors all make “dirt” which must be cleaned up, and your park gets very crowded with rides and stands quickly. Steam Park has a lot of different simple mechanics that all fit together into fun package with charming art.

 

Industry Sponsors at Gen Con

Gen Con 50 Booth Map

With Gen Con 50 now in full swing, it’s a great time to give a shout out to our games industry sponsors from outside of Champaign-Urbana. All of these companies and organizations help to make CUDO Plays’ awards packages and prize bags truly awesome! Here’s a list of our supporters and contributors and where you can find them at Gen Con.

Sponsor Location
ACD Distribution ACD Retailer’s Lounge
Alliance Game Distributors | Game Trade Magazine Booth 118
Blue Orange Games Booth 1811
Card Caddy Booth 2006
Fireside Games Booth 1349
Game Salute Booth 2315
Gamewright Booth 2100
HABA Booth 1907
iello Booth 249
Indie Boards and Cards Booth 2201
Indie Game Alliance Booth 361
Inside The Box Board Games Follow the team at Gen Con @itbboardgames
Level 99 Games Booth 2149
North Star Games Booth 1803
Panda Game Manufacturing The First Exposure Playtest Hall
Renegade Game Studios Booth 2211
Roxley Game Laboratory Booth 2753
Shoot Again Games Moving around a lot! Find current whereabouts @ShootAgainGames
Steve Jackson Games Booth 1413
Stonemaier Games Booth 2656
The Game Crafter Booth 2555

That’s a big list! When you visit any of these folks, make sure to thank them for supporting local game events like us. It really helps to build a stronger board game community worldwide!

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.