Weekly Rollup: Nov 3rd – Nov 10th

Playtest Convention and After-Party

19 teams turned out for the Playtest Convention this season. The event was a great success, and all of the games got some good playtests in. Some folks also stuck around for the after-party at Arcadia, where the game-themed cocktails from katie.cocktails proved to be very popular.

If you want to see more from the Playtest Convention, check out this video from our friend, and CUDO Plays veterant Ben Moy!

 

CUBED Focused Playtests

Now that the Playtest Convention is complete, our sister organization CUBED has announced it will once again start hosting focused playtesting events for this Season’s games! If you’d like a playtest night just for your game, sign up here!

 

Upcoming Events

Design Workshop – Saturday, November 10th

The CU Community Fab Lab @ 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Need some guidance on how to make your game look good while also being intuitive? Come to the Design Workshop! Learn how to make your game look great on a budget from our own Katie Khau. Facebook event

 

Beers & Board Games – Saturday, November 10th

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 Plays September Game Night: Playtesting! – Monday, November 19th

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 games for this month are the new prototype games of CUDO Plays Season 6. Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Dice Forge.

Dice Forge ready to play

This is a game featuring innovative mechanics based on dice with removable faces. In this dice crafting game, players build their own dice. Roll your dice, manage your resources, complete ordeals before your opponents and explore multiple winning strategies. Now you control the luck of the dice!

Weekly Rollup: Oct 27th – Nov 3rd

No events this past week, we’ve all been busy preparing for the Playtest Convention!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Playtest Convention – Saturday, November 3rd

Lincoln Square Mall @ 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Come to the CUDO Plays Playtest Convention for Season 6! This is a day to play the new prototypes and creations of the CUDO Plays teams and to get feedback from the Champaign-Urbana gaming community. Refreshments will be provided, and you will receive invaluable critique from people with years of experience. Teams can bring their games in any condition that they are in and playtest with people from the community. We will provide playtest feedback forms for players to fill out! Facebook event

 

Playtest Convention After-Party – Saturday, November 3rd

Arcadia – A Lumen Cafe @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

After a bunch of game-playing, come to the Playtest Convention After-party! It’ll be at Arcadia – A Lumen Café right across the hall! Competitors, playtesters and all other participants are welcome. There will be food for purchase and cool game-themed cocktails from katie.cocktails. A portion of the proceeds go right to CUDO Plays.

Come unwind and chat with your fellow gamers. Check out the full cocktail menu on the Facebook event!

 

Design Workshop – Saturday, November 10th

The CU Community Fab Lab @ 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Need some guidance on how to make your game look good while also being intuitive? Come to the Design Workshop! Real graphic designers will be on hand to help teams with their real-world design problems!

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Sagrada.

Sagrada end game state

In this game, each player builds a stained glass window by building up a grid of dice on their player board. Each board has some restrictions on which color or shade (value) of die can be placed there. Dice of the same shade or color may never be placed next to each other. Dice are drafted in player order, with the start player rotating each round, snaking back around after the last player drafts two dice. Scoring is variable per game based on achieving various patterns and varieties of placement…as well as bonus points for dark shades of a particular hidden goal color. Special tools can be used to help you break the rules by spending skill tokens; once a tool is used, it then requires more skill tokens for the next player to use them. The highest scoring window artisan wins!

New Location, Same Great Idea Store

If you’ve never been to The Idea Store, it’s a magical place where castoff items of every variety can be found. Each year CUDO Plays goes to The Idea Store to fill up our box of game bits for the Board Game Boot Camp and other events. If you’re in the competition you NEED to give The Idea Store a look. Whether you’re searching for a specific piece for your game, or just looking to be inspired, The Idea Store will have something for you.

The Store just moved to a new, bigger location in Lincoln Square Mall. I checked it out and here is just a sampling of the rad stuff there that you could (and should) make games out of.

The Store’s awesome and much less cramped new space in Lincoln Square Mall

Retractable lanyards

You could make a very dangerous game with these bad boys.

Pez dispensers

Somebody make a Pez game please

Dice, money and soldiers make the world go round.

Glass tokens for fancy games, bottle caps for… less fancy games.

fans, 3D Glasses, wood blocks

Are YOU the total hero who is going to make a game with just these three items?

So much STUFF.

They got Tetris up in here.

There is a whole shelf of stuff from other games.

Including “guys.” What game is complete without some “guys?”

SHAPES. Shapes which are also COLORS.

Paper of every weight, composition and color.

You never know what you will find on the new Wall of Intrigue.

These “white rectangles” are plastic cards. Dry-erasable and perfect for a game.

Tragically though, I must report that the Idea Store is currently out of Secondary Swizzles.

The Idea Store’s new location is so wildly convenient, it’s just feet away from where the Playtest Convention is held! Teams can dash on over and find anything they need.

Weekly Rollup: Oct 20th – Oct 27th

Making Workshop

Several new teams were on hand for the Making Workshop where Chris gave an overview of the different tools at the Fab Lab and also walked everyone through the process of creating their own game pawns.

 

Lodge Con

We’re excited to announce that CUDO Plays will be at Lodge Con 2019! CUDO Plays competitors are invited to bring their prototype games to Peotone, IL Feb 9th and 10th, 2019 to show off to convention-goers. This will be the last major playtesting opportunity before turn-in for Season 6!
Learn more about Lodge Con, and hear a shout-out to CUDO Plays from the organizers on their podcast, The Geek Awakens.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Beers & Board Games – Saturday, October 27th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 7:00pm – 10:00pm

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 3rd

Lincoln Square Mall @ 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Come to the CUDO Plays Playtest Convention for Season 6! This is a day to play the new prototypes and creations of the CUDO Plays teams and to get feedback from the Champaign-Urbana gaming community. Refreshments will be provided, and you will receive invaluable critique from people with years of experience. Teams can bring their games in any condition that they are in and playtest with people from the community. We will provide playtest feedback forms for players to fill out! Facebook event

 

Playtest Convention After-Party – Saturday, November 3rd

Arcadia – A Lumen Cafe @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

After a bunch of game-playing, come to the Playtest Convention After-party! It’ll be at Arcadia – A Lumen Café right across the hall! Competitors, playtesters and all other participants are welcome. There will be food for purchase and cool game-themed cocktails from katie.cocktails. A portion of the proceeds go right to CUDO Plays.

Come unwind and chat with your fellow gamers. Facebook event

 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Slay the Spire.

We don’t often recommend digital games here, but this one delivers an awesome experience based on tabletop games. Slay the Spire is a deckbuilding game where you are fighting monsters, adding cards to your deck, and trying to make it to the top of the spire. You must make your decisions carefully though, you only have one life in this game. If you die, you start back at the beginning with nothing. This game is still in early access, but already provides polished and compelling play.

Weekly Rollup: Oct 13th – Oct 20th

IndieCade 2018

A number of CUDO Plays Committee members and CUDO Plays veterans were in sunny Santa Monica, California last weekend attending IndieCade, the international festival of independent games. We gave talks, made friends, and even won an award. Stay tuned here on the blog for a full IndieCade recap in the coming days.

 

CUDO Plays @ Heartland Maker Fest

Heartland Maker Fest

BJ Gailey is ready to help some kids make games!

Another great Heartland Maker Fest this year, and CUDO Plays was there! Many kids got to make and take home their own board games.

 

October Game Night: Fallstravaganza

Nobody really stuck to the theme at this month’s game night, even though the theme was very broad. That’s A-OK though! All people and all games are welcome at the CUDO Plays monthly game nights. (3rd Monday of every month!)

 

Don’t forget, if you have not yet registered a team for CUDO Plays Season 6, but you would like to, follow this link! If you’re still in the fence, no worries, you have until the end of October to register.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Making Workshop – Saturday, October 20th

Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab @ 1:30pm – 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 like a million dollars. Facebook event

 

 

CUBED Open Playtest – Sunday, October 21st

Gopher Mafia Games, Urbana @ 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Every month CUBED hosts an open playtesting event at Gopher Mafia Games. Bring whatever game prototype you’re working on and get feedback from other local game designers!  Facebook event

 

 

Beers & Board Games – Saturday, October 27th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 7:00pm – 10:00pm

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 Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Portal of Heroes.

Portal of Heroes box

In this game, you must use magic pearls to summon mighty fantasy heroes. At the start of Portal of Heroes, four pearl cards and two character cards lie face up in the middle of the table. The rest of the character and pearl cards are set nearby in separate decks. Each player receives their own player portal and places it face up in front of them. Each turn, you can take three actions from a menu of four options: Take a pearl card into your hand, replace all of the pearl cards in the display, place a character card on your portal, or activate a character. You can perform any of the four possible actions multiple times, and in any order. To activate a character, you must play a specific combination of pearl cards from your hand onto the character card. Activated characters grant you power points, diamonds, or special abilities. The person with the most power points from activated characters wins the game!