Weekly Rollup Sept 14th – Sept 21st

Season 7 Symposium

One of our most successful Symposiums to date! Four fascinating speaker topics plus a panel of game retailers who gave expert commentary on the state of the industry. Stay tuned to the blog next week for a full recap of Symposium!

 

September Game Night: Oddball Games

Many unique games at September Game Night. Including a never-before-tested prototype. Happy Salmon was the real crowd-pleaser of course!

 

Upcoming Events

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, September 28th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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  

 

Board Game Bootcamp – Sunday, September 29th

Champaign Public Library @ 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Not sure you could ever design your own game? This event is for you! Come on down for an afternoon of fast-paced game design and prototyping. See what you can come up with! You’ll be put into groups and randomly given mechanics and a theme to incorporate into your game. We’ll provide all the dice, cards, boards, bits and other materials you could possibly need for your prototype. Bootcamp is an amazing experience for all involved. If you can only attend one CUDO Plays event this season, try to make it this one! Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends The Mind.

The Mind is more than just a game. It’s an experiment, a journey, a team experience in which you can’t exchange information, yet will become one to defeat all the levels of the game. In more detail, the deck contains cards numbered 1-100, and during the game you try to complete 12, 10, or 8 levels of play with 2, 3, or 4 players. In a level, each player receives a hand of cards equal to the number of the level: one card in level 1, two cards in level 2, etc. Collectively you must play these cards into the center of the table on a single discard pile in ascending order but you cannot communicate with one another in any way as to which cards you hold. You simply stare into one another’s eyes, and when you feel the time is right, you play your lowest card. If no one holds a card lower than what you played, great, the game continues! If someone did, all players discard face up all cards lower than what you played, and you lose one life. You start the game with a number of lives equal to the number of players. Lose all your lives, and you lose the game.

Weekly Rollup Sept 7th – Sept 14th

No events this past week, but we’ve got a ton real soon!

 

Upcoming Events

Season 7 Symposium – Saturday, September 14th

Turner Hall, Room W121 @ 2:00pm – 4:30pm

An afternoon dedicated to the discussion of various aspects of game design and the tabletop game industry. There will be expert speakers, a question and answer session with a panel, as well as a networking event to allow everyone to get to know each other better. Facebook event 

 

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, September 14th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Join us for games right after the Symposium! 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: Oddballs – Monday, September 16th

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 theme for this month is weird games. Bring your games with unique mechanics or themes, your innovative new trend-setters or old rarities. A great time to get design ideas for the new Season of CUDO Plays!  Facebook event

 

Board Game Bootcamp – Sunday, September 29th

Champaign Public Library @ 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Not sure you could ever design your own game? This event is for you! Come on down for an afternoon of fast-paced game design and prototyping. See what you can come up with! You’ll be put into groups and randomly given mechanics and a theme to incorporate into your game. We’ll provide all the dice, cards, boards, bits and other materials you could possibly need for your prototype. Bootcamp is an amazing experience for all involved. If you can only attend one CUDO Plays event this season, try to make it this one!

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Sprawlopolis.

In this game 1-4 players work cooperatively to build a new city from the ground up. Using only 18 cards and a variable scoring system, the game is never the same twice. Each turn, players will play 1 card from their hand to the growing city, trying to score as many points as possible. Players will have to communicate and plan without revealing their own cards in order to most efficiently develop large areas in each of the 4 zone types. Watch out though, the city hates paying for road maintenance so each road will cost you points in the end. When all cards have been placed, the game ends and players see if they have met dynamically generated minimum score for their game. Can you meet the demands of the officials, work with your fellow planners and build the ultimate urban wonder?

Weekly Rollup Aug 31st – Sept 7th

Season 7 Kickoffs

Lots of new faces, and of course grizzled CUDO Plays veterans at our Kickoff events this week. As usual, everyone is excited to make their own awesome games!

 

Upcoming Events

Season 7 Symposium – Saturday, September 14th

Turner Hall, Room W121 @ 2:00pm – 4:30pm

An afternoon dedicated to the discussion of various aspects of game design and the tabletop game industry. There will be expert speakers, a question and answer session with a panel, as well as a networking event to allow everyone to get to know each other better. Facebook event 

 

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, September 14th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Join us for games right after the Symposium! 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: Oddballs – Monday, September 16th

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 theme for this month is weird games. Bring your games with unique mechanics or themes, your innovative new trend-setters or old rarities. A great time to get design ideas for the new Season of CUDO Plays!  Facebook event

 

Board Game Bootcamp – Sunday, September 29th

Champaign Public Library @ 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Not sure you could ever design your own game? This event is for you! Come on down for an afternoon of fast-paced game design and prototyping. See what you can come up with! You’ll be put into groups and randomly given mechanics and a theme to incorporate into your game. We’ll provide all the dice, cards, boards, bits and other materials you could possibly need for your prototype. Bootcamp is an amazing experience for all involved. If you can only attend one CUDO Plays event this season, try to make it this one!

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Crossing.

In this game, you have to collect gemstones, but players make their choices simultaneously and not everybody will get what they want when desires clash — and even if you are lucky during the initial confrontation, you aren’t safe from the greediness of other players. Through bluffing and cunning, you want to collect more gemstones than your opponents. To do this, you place a set of cards side by side on the table, with each card featuring a varying number of gems. When signaled, each player simultaneously places a finger on one of the cards. You collect the stones only if you are alone on the card!

Weekly Rollup Aug 24th – Aug 31st

Quad Day

We met so many cool people at University of Illinois Quad Day. Hope to see you at Kickoff!

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Season 7 Community Kickoff – Tuesday, September 3rd

Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Rooms A & B @ 6:30pm 

 

Season 7 Student Kickoff – Thursday, September 5th

Lincoln Hall Room 1002 @ 7:00pm

Join us at either of the CUDO Plays Season 7 Kickoffs! Learn all about the competition, and how you can become involved as a competitor, playtester or sponsor. We’ll be answering all your burning questions and getting you PUMPED for Season 7 of CUDO Plays.

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Cosmic Factory.

Weekly Rollup Aug 17th – Aug 24th

CUDO Plays August Game Night: New to the Table

People brought games they’ve never played before and it was great!

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

CUDO Plays @ Quad Day – Sunday, August 25th

University of Illinois Main Quad, Urbana @ Noon – 4:00pm

As in past years, CUDO Plays will have a booth at the University of Illinois Quad Day. Come see us this Sunday on University of Illinois Main Quad and get some free CUDO Plays swag! Facebook Event

 

Season 7 Community Kickoff – Tuesday, September 3rd

Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Rooms A & B @ 6:30pm 

 

Season 7 Student Kickoff – Thursday, September 5th

Lincoln Hall Room 1002 @ 7:00pm

Join us at either of the CUDO Plays Season 7 Kickoffs! Learn all about the competition, and how you can become involved as a competitor, playtester or sponsor. We’ll be answering all your burning questions and getting you PUMPED for Season 7 of CUDO Plays.

 

 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Abyss.