Weekly Rollup: Feb 24th – Mar 2nd

CUBED Meeting: Board Game Brainstorm

Now that this Season’s games have been turned in, it’s time to start cooking up designs for next time! For this month’s CUBED meeting, attendees were given random game themes and mechanics and given some time to brainstorm game ideas incorporating the two.

 

Upcoming Events

Marketing Workshop – Saturday, March 2nd

Pixo Cafe @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Congratulations! You’ve designed a board game, it’s ready for the Final Exhibition and you can already taste the sweet victory of winning our categories. However, there is more in store for you and your board game! We’re going to walk you through a number of strategies to bring your beautiful creation to the masses. You’ll learn about how to deal with publishers, how to make sure the right people are hearing about your game and what to do if you want to take your game on to the national stage! Local marketing experts will run you through the do’s and don’ts of a successful marketing campaign, in preparation for giving your board game the absolute best chance of commercial success.  Facebook event

 

Grand Exhibition – Sunday, March 31st

Broadway Food Hall @ Noon – 7:00pm

The big event! All submitted board games will be showcased for the community to come and play. The award ceremony will also take place during the Grand Exhibition, where exceptional games will be recognized in eight different categories. This is an event to celebrate creativity and imagination in Champaign-Urbana; feel free to bring anyone you’d like, there’ll be games for all ages, tastes, and skill levels.  Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Panic Lab.

Amoebas have escaped and are slithering around in all directions! Catch them fast! In this game the player-scientists have their hands full trying to figure out which amoeba to catch and where it might have oozed off to. To set up the game, shuffle the 25 cards, then lay them out in a circle. At the start of a round, one player rolls four special dice which indicate the color, shape and pattern of the amoeba being sought as well as the color of the lab it left and in which direction it was traveling. Competing at the same time, players need to find the lab, then move in the right direction to spot the amoeba. But wait! If you encounter a vent after leaving the lab, you need to skip to the next vent in the circle before continuing your search. (Amoebas prefer to travel in the dark when possible.) Plus, if an amoeba passes through one of three mutation devices in the circle, you need to alter the criteria for your search, looking for a tentacled amoeba instead of one with a tail, for example, or an orange/red amoeba instead of a blue/purple one. The first player to lay their hand on the correct card collects a token, and the first player to collect five tokens wins!

Season 6 Grand Exhibition

CUDO Plays, your local Board Game Design Competition, is excited to announce that it’s holding its sixth annual Grand Exhibition on Sunday, March 31st from noon to 7pm at Broadway Food Hall in Urbana!

CUDO Plays brings together local gamers, designers, and makers to build unique, homemade tabletop games. 16 totally original board games have been submitted for this season of the competition. Grand Exhibition will give the different teams an opportunity to show their games off to the public and commemorate their months of hard work. Each game will be playable by attendees. At the end of the evening, games will be awarded prizes for excellence in the following categories: Accessibility, Marketability, Replay Value, Craft, Visual Design, Enrichment, Innovation, and Theme.

This is a free, family-friendly event, and anyone with an interest in board gaming or design is invited to stop in and experience the wonderful local creations. There will be a diverse range of games, with a mix of eclectic genres. There’s games for every age and skill level, whether you’re interested in fighting inside a giant robot or managing your own fleet of food trucks!

A breakdown of the Grand Exhibition:

Noon – 5:00pm: Open Gaming, show up whenever you want and play whatever games seem cool to you.

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Dinner hour. The restaurants and bar inside Broadway Food Hall will be open and serving all afternoon, but we want to make sure the game creators get a chance to eat too!

6:00pm: Awards Ceremony!

CUDO Plays is sponsored mainly by local businesses, with prizes provided by Gopher Mafia Games, Live Action Games, Titan Games, Elf Creek Games, C-U Adventures in Time and SpaceIndie Game Alliance, Print & Play Games, and The Game Crafter. Every attendee also gets a free raffle ticket with the chance to win some popular new games and accessories! (Provided by Alliance Game Distributors)

For more information about CUDO Plays, please visit cudoplays.com
Also, check out thecudo.org to learn about our parent organization CUDO, the Champaign Urbana Design Organization.
This season of CUDO Plays is funded in part a grant from the Urbana Arts & Culture Program.

 

Weekly Rollup: Feb 16th – Feb 23rd

February Game Night: Love Games

So much love for games at our February game night! Some new faces in attendance, and lots of shorter games got played.

 

Upcoming Events

Marketing Workshop – Saturday, March 2nd

Pixo Cafe @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Congratulations! You’ve designed a board game, it’s ready for the Final Exhibition and you can already taste the sweet victory of winning our categories. However, there is more in store for you and your board game! We’re going to walk you through a number of strategies to bring your beautiful creation to the masses. You’ll learn about how to deal with publishers, how to make sure the right people are hearing about your game and what to do if you want to take your game on to the national stage! Local marketing experts will run you through the do’s and don’ts of a successful marketing campaign, in preparation for giving your board game the absolute best chance of commercial success.  Facebook event

 

Grand Exhibition – Sunday, March 31st

Broadway Food Hall @ Noon – 7:00pm

The big event! All submitted board games will be showcased for the community to come and play. The award ceremony will also take place during the Grand Exhibition, where exceptional games will be recognized in eight different categories. This is an event to celebrate creativity and imagination in Champaign-Urbana; feel free to bring anyone you’d like, there’ll be games for all ages, tastes, and skill levels.  Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends The Manhattan Project: Chain Reaction.

In this fast-paced card game, players must race to build the most nuclear bombs! Each player has a hand of cards, each card can be played as personnel (scientists, engineers, or general laborers) or as an action to gain more personnel, or acquire the uranium you’ll need to make your bombs. Be smart with your card combinations and you’ll come out on top. This is a smaller, quicker game based on The Manhattan Project worker-placement game.

Weekly Rollup: Feb 2nd – Feb 9th

CUBED Rules Review

There were even more reviewers than game designers at the rules review/exchange hosted by CUBED this week. So the teams that were there got tons of great feedback on their rules documents!

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

 

CUDO Plays @ Lodge Con – Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th

Will County Fair Atrium, Peotone, Illinois @ 8:00am – 6:00pm

For the first time ever, CUDO Plays will have a presence at Lodge Con, the annual gaming convention in Peotone, IL!
Current and past CUDO Plays competitors are encouraged to bring their prototype games. This is a great chance to get your game played by hardcore gamers from all over the state, and also this the LAST OFFICIAL PLAYTEST EVENT before Season 6 Turn-In. Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Linko.

In this game you take turns playing number cards, and the more cards of the same number you play, the better as cards score points at the end of the game. If someone else plays the same amount of cards with a higher number, however, your cards get nicked! Stealing cards can be good, but if you can’t use them later, and end the game with cards in hand, they’ll cost you points. It’s like an advanced version of Rummy and similar games. A great choice for families and card game enthusiasts!

Weekly Rollup: Jan 26th – Feb 2nd

CUDO Plays @ Winter War 2019

Lots of CUDO Plays teams in attendance for our Winter War event, and almost all of them took advantage of the delicious, cheap convention snacks!

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

 

CUDO Plays @ Lodge Con – Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th

Will County Fair Atrium, Peotone, Illinois @ 8:00am – 6:00pm

For the first time ever, CUDO Plays will have a presence at Lodge Con, the annual gaming convention in Peotone, IL!
Current and past CUDO Plays competitors are encouraged to bring their prototype games. This is a great chance to get your game played by hardcore gamers from all over the state, and also this the LAST OFFICIAL PLAYTEST EVENT before Season 6 Turn-In. Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends High Society.

In this card game, players bid against each other to acquire the various trappings of wealth (positive-number and multiplier cards) while avoiding its pitfalls (negative number and divisor cards). While bidding, though, keep an eye on your remaining cash – at the end of the game, even though all those positive-number cards might add up to a win, the player with the least money isn’t even considered for victory!