Weekly Rollup: Jan 25th – Feb 1st

Beer & Board Games

Particularly busy game night at our Saturday Beer & Board Games at Cafeteria & Company

CUDO Plays @ Winter War

We ran games earlier than usual on the Sunday of Winter War and it worked great! Many teams got good playtests in, and some new people learned about CUDO Plays!

 

 

Upcoming Events

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, February 8th

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

Game Turn-In – Saturday/Sunday February 15th and 16th

If you’re a competitor in CUDO Plays, be ready to turn your game in to us on February 15th or 16th. After that, your games will be played and assessed by our secret panel of judges. Stay tuned for additional details about game Turn-in.

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Gizmos.

Weekly Rollup: Jan 17th – Jan 25th

Critical Review

Many teams came out over the weekend for Critical Review. All the games are looking great and we can’t wait for turn-in!

January Game Night: Playtesting!

The featured games for January Game Night were the nearly-finished prototypes from this season of CUDO Plays!

 

Upcoming Events

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, January 25th

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 @ Winter War – Sunday, Januray 26th

Hawthorne Suites/Champaign Suites @ 9:00am – 1:00pm

As always, CUDO Plays will have a room for open playtesting at Winter War, the local gaming convention. You don’t need to be a con attendee to join in, but if you’re a Season 7 competitor, this is a great opportunity to get your game in front of some hardcore gamers that you might not see otherwise! Facebook event

 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends La Isla.

In this clever game, players are explorers on an uncharted island trying to capture pictures of the many animals there that were previously thought extinct! Each turn players are dealt three cards, and must use all of them for 3 different actions. Choose one card to help you build bonuses, another to get resources, and another to move explorers around the map. You must select you cards carefully for each of these actions to get the most points and win.

Weekly Rollup: Jan 11th – Jan 17th

Volition Playtest

Big thanks as usual to our friends at Deep Silver Volition for coming in to work on a Saturday to play some CUDO Plays games!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Critical Review –  January 18th & 19th

18th Champaign Public Library @ 10:00am – 2:30pm

19th Champaign Public Library @ 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Critical Review is a chance for teams to chat with the CUDO Plays committee about what still needs to be done with their game before Turn-In in February. It’s an informal discussion where we will help you set goals for the final weeks of the competition. We want to ensure that every team turns in a game they are proud of! If your team hasn’t signed up for a Critical Review time slot, do so here!

 

CUDO Plays January Game Night: Playtesting – Monday, January 20th

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 this month are the new games in Season 7 of CUDO Plays. Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays @ Winter War – Sunday, Januray 26th

Hawthorne Suites/Champaign Suites @ 9:00am – 1:00pm

As always, CUDO Plays will have a room for open playtesting at Winter War, the local gaming convention. You don’t need to be a con attendee to join in, but if you’re a Season 7 competitor, this is a great opportunity to get your game in front of some hardcore gamers that you might not see otherwise! Facebook event

 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Modern Art.

In this classic auction game players try to make money by buying and selling works of modern art. Each sale makes an artist’s work worth more, but be careful not to sell all your best paintings to your opponents. This is a classic game by the master designer Reiner Knizia.

Weekly Rollup: Jan 4th – Jan 11th

The CUDO Plays blog took a break over the holidays, but were BACK for 2020, and there’s lots of great events coming up!

 

Upcoming Events

CUBED Focused Playtest: Vehicular Arrangers – Wednesday, January 15th

Titan Games, Urbana @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Every week until Turn-In, CUBED is running focused playtest events. Sign up to get your game played and get feedback from veteran local designers. After the feature game is played, there’s time for other playtesting as well, so feel free to bring your game even if it isn’t your week! Next week’s featured game is Vehicular Arrangers. It’s soccer, but with tanks, trains, boats… vehicles of every kind! Facebook event

 

Critical Review –  January 18th & 19th

18th Champaign Public Library @ 10:00am – 2:30pm

19th Champaign Public Library @ 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Critical Review is a chance for teams to chat with the CUDO Plays committee about what still needs to be done with their game before Turn-In in February. It’s an informal discussion where we will help you set goals for the final weeks of the competition. We want to ensure that every team turns in a game they are proud of! If your team hasn’t signed up for a Critical Review time slot, do so here!

 

CUDO Plays January Game Night: Playtesting – Monday, January 20th

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 this month are the new games in Season 7 of CUDO Plays. Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays @ Winter War – Sunday, Januray 26th

Hawthorne Suites/Champaign Suites @ 9:00am – 1:00pm

As always, CUDO Plays will have a room for open playtesting at Winter War, the local gaming convention. You don’t need to be a con attendee to join in, but if you’re a Season 7 competitor, this is a great opportunity to get your game in front of some hardcore gamers that you might not see otherwise!

 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Tiny Towns.

You are the mayor of a tiny town in the forest in which the smaller creatures of the woods have created a civilization hidden away from predators. This new land is small and the resources are scarce, so you take what you can get and never say no to building materials. Cleverly plan and construct a thriving town, and don’t let it fill up with wasted resources! Whoever builds the most prosperous tiny town wins! A challenging but rewarding city building game.

Weekly Rollup: Dec 17th – Dec 14th

No events from this past week, but so many coming up!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, December 14th

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 Holiday Party and Rules Reception – Saturday, December 14th

Cafeteria & Company Urbana @ 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Right after our normal Beer & Board games night, join the broader CUDO for their holiday party! Get to know the other parts of CUDO and play fun games and activities. This night is also the deadline for CUDO Plays teams to turn in a first draft of their rules. We hope you’ll turn in your draft then come party, but you’re welcome to turn your rules in by email as well. Of course rules will change a lot between now and Turn-In in February, but we want teams to get an early start. Facebook event   

 

CUDO Plays December Game Night: Fortune Telling Games – Monday, December 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 games for this month are games about fortune-telling. However you can bring whatever game you like, including prototypes from this Season of CUDO Plays.

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends On the Underground: London/Berlin.

In this game, the players build the Underground lines in London or the U-Bahn lines in Berlin. Each player controls 2-4 different lines, depending on the number of players. On each turn, four destination cards are available, corresponding to stations on the map. You’ll be spending turns laying tracks down, connecting important points of interest and hoping that the one passenger on the board will use your lines to get to the destinations. This is the exciting re-release of a game from 2006, with better rules and more ways to play!