Weekly Rollup: Apr 28th – May 5th

Presenting: My Little Scythe

No major CUDO Plays events this week to recap, but we do have an exciting announcement! On Wednesday, Stonemaier Games revealed their new upcoming title, My Little Scythe, a family-friendly re-imagining of the game Scythe, originally created by a fan. The most exciting part of this announcement though was that our own Katie Khau has done all the art for the game. Amazing work Katie! What an awesome project to be a part of. Learn more about My Little Scythe here.

My Little Scythe box

 

 

Upcoming Events

CUDO Plays May Game Night: Wild West Games – Monday, May 21st

Hyatt Place Champaign @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts! CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! This month’s featured theme is games in the wild west!
 

 

Game On! At the Champaign Public Library  – Tuesday, May 22nd

Champaign Public Library @ 10:00am – 11:30pm

Every Tuesday morning in May, the Champaign Public Library will be running a different game-related event. On May 22nd, CUDO Plays committee members and veterans will be on hand to show off locally-designed board games. Everyone is welcome to attend. Come out and play!
 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Isle of Skye.

Isle of Skye box

In this tile-laying game players are chieftains of famous clans who want to build their kingdoms to score as many points as possible—but in each game only four of the sixteen different scoring tiles will be scored. Thanks to the scoring tiles, each game is unique and leads to different tactics and strategies, but having enough money is useful no matter what else is going on. Managing that money can be tricky, though. Every turn, each player places two area tiles in front of them and sets the selling price for the tiles. Setting a high price is great, but only so long as someone actually pays the price because if no one opts to buy, then the seller must buy the tiles at the price they previously requested. Chieftains must also place their purchased tiles with care in order to get the most points. A relatively quick game with a ton of intense decision making!

 

Weekly Rollup: Apr 21st – Apr 28th

Dr. G’s Brainworks’ Family Fun Fest

CUDO Plays and a number of veteran teams were on hand at the Marketplace Mall for Dr. G’s Brainworks’ Family Fun Fest. The event brought together family-oriented groups/companies of all kinds, and of course we were there to spread the word about the competition and all the awesome local games that have come from it. Break It Up a Notch, Throw A Wrench In It, and Food Fight were all in attendance and made some new friends!

Upcoming Events

CUDO Plays May Game Night – Monday, May 21st

Hyatt Place Champaign @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts! CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! We haven’t picked a theme/featured game yet for this month, so stay tuned!

Game On! At the Champaign Public Library  – Tuesday, May 22nd

Champaign Public Library @ 10:00am – 11:30pm

Every Tuesday morning in May, the Champaign Public Library will be running a different game-related event. On May 22nd, CUDO Plays committee members and veterans will be on hand to show off locally-designed board games. Everyone is welcome to attend. Come out and play!

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Alien Frontiers.

Alien Frontiers 5th Edition box

In this game, players compete to colonize an alien world. Gameplay is an engaging mix of dice rolling, worker placement, special abilities, and area-control. Roll all your “ships” and spend them at the different stations around the planet to perform actions. Players are racing to get all of their colonies landed on the new world, but there is always lots of competition. Alien Frontiers is a modern classic, now in its 5th edition. Highly recommended for game groups of almost any variety.

Weekly Rollup: Apr 14th – Apr 21st

April Game Night: Tortuga 1667

Good turnout this month to play one of our favorite new games. Stay tuned to find out what the featured game or theme will be for our May game night!

Tortuga at game night

 

Upcoming Events

Dr. G’s Brainworks Family Fun Fest – Saturday, April 21st

Dr. G’s Brainworks, Marketplace Mall @ 10:00am – 2:00pm

Dr. G’s is hosting a free Family Fun Fest! Come on out and play some great games that bring families together. In addition to the games and activities that Dr. G’s is running, a number of games from CUDO Plays Season 5 will be there demoing their games to families. Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Sea of Clouds.

In this card game players are air pirates competing to have the best loot at the end of the game. The primary mechanic is simple: on your turn, you look at the first stack of loot cards and decide if you want to take it. If you pass on the first loot stack, add a card to it from the deck and take a look at the second loot stack and make the same decision. There are three loot stacks in all. The loot you can collect includes rum and relics worth points, items that have wacky abilities, and pirate crew for fighting and stealing from your opponents. The card backs let you know which kind of card is in a loot stack, but you can never be certain of what you’re getting until you pick it up! A fun family game with surprisingly complex decision making.

Weekly Rollup: Apr 1st – Apr 7th

Playful by Design Spring Symposium

Playful by Design’s Spring Symposium has been a big success so far with talks, workshops, showcases, and activities Thursday afternoon and all day Friday! There have been lots of different perspectives on different aspects of games and gaming. 

 

See more pictures and follow the action by checking out the #PlayfulbyDesign hashtag on Twitter!

The full schedule can be found here.

Upcoming Events

Make-a-thon: Games and Gaming – Saturday, April 7th

CU FabLab @ 10:00am – 6:00pm

The Spring Symposium isn’t quite over though! CUDO Plays is teaming up with Playful by Design and the Fab Lab to host a 7-hour challenge to create a prototype of a game or a game-related accessory. We want you and your friends to come, have fun, learn and make something! Whether you are experienced in making things or just a person looking to get their feet wet, all are welcome!   Facebook Event

CUDO Plays April Game Night: Tortuga 1667 – Monday, April 16th

Hyatt Place Champaign @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts! CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! This month’s featured game will be Tortuga 1667, a hidden allegiance game of piracy and bluffing.   Facebook Event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Medieval Academy.

In this game, each player takes the role of a squire who wants to outdo the others in the different training categories to score Chivalry Points. To achieve this goal, during the six turns of the game, the players must wisely draft the cards that are the most useful to them and play them at the right time to move their discs up the training tracks. At the end of turn six, the squire who has the most Chivalry Points wins the game and is knighted by King Arthur! Medieval Academy is a quick but cutthroat drafting game. Great for people looking for something a bit more complex than say, Sushi Go.

Weekly Rollup: Mar 25th – Mar 31st

No events to recap this week, but there’s a ton of exciting stuff coming up in early April!

 

Upcoming Events

Playful by Design Spring Symposium – April 5th through 7th

Various Campus Locations 

If you’ve not heard of it, the Playful by Design Research Cluster is part of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH). Playful by Design is a group of University faculty, staff, students, and C-U community members who focus on game research, design, and pedagogy. They’re having their first annual Spring Symposium April 5th – 7th with talks, workshops, and activities across all three days, and of course, CUDO Plays is involved!

Playful by Design Symposium poster

Learn more about Playful by Design, and check out the full symposium schedule here!

Make-a-thon: Games and Gaming – Saturday, April 7th

CU FabLab @ 10:00am – 6:00pm

As part of the Spring Symposium, we are teaming up with Playful by Design and the Fab Lab to host a 7-hour challenge to create a prototype of a game or a game-related accessory. We want you and your friends to come, have fun, learn and make something! Whether you are experienced in making things or just a person looking to get their feet wet, all are welcome!   Facebook Event

CUDO Plays April Game Night: Tortuga 1667 – Monday, April 16th

Hyatt Place Champaign @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts! CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! This month’s featured game will be Tortuga 1667, a hidden allegiance game of piracy and bluffing.   Facebook Event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Liar’s Dice.

Custom Liar's Dice set

In this classic game, which is also known as Bluff, and Perudo, each player is given five dice and cup to roll and hide them with. Players make successively higher declarations regarding the results of all the dice remaining in the game, e.g. “there are ten sixes”. However, someone can always contest the bid. When that happens, all the dice are revealed and either the bidder or the caller loses dice, depending on who was correct. The last player with dice is the winner. There are many different variants of this game, so try a few and play with your favorite rules!