Award Categories

Marketability

  • Broad demographic appeal
  • Instantly recognizable design
  • Most suitable for distribution

 

Innovation

  • Creatively shapes the player experience
  • Introduces unique gameplay mechanics
  • Pushes the boundaries of board gaming
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Visual Design

  • Strong visual theme
  • Appealing artwork
  • Excellent typography and content layout

Replay Value

  • High variability of game layout
  • Fast-paced and easy to start again
  • Gameplay experience is universally rewarding

Craft

  • Masterful detail work
  • Physical components support gameplay and theme
  • Innovative use of materials

Enrichment

  • Promotes critical thinking through strategy
  • Enriches and/or teaches the players
  • Fosters interest in real world issues

Theme

  • Gameplay, mechanics, and design are cohesive
  • Creates a great narrative or story

Accessibility

  • Rules are easy to learn
  • Experts and novices can play together
  • Can be played by many or few people

Downloadables

Community Resources

Fab Lab

Fab Lab
1301 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL
cucfablab.org
(217) 300-1639

Makerspace Urbana

Makerspace Urbana
202 S Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL
www.ucimc.org
(217) 344-8820

Art Coop

Art Coop
150 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL
www.theartcoop.com
(217) 352-4562

The I.D.E.A. Store

The I.D.E.A. Store
28 E. Springfield Avenue, 2nd Floor, Champaign, IL
www.the-idea-store.org
(217) 352-7878

Slot and Wing

Slot and Wing
1040 W Bloomington Rd, Champaign, IL
www.slotandwing.net
(217) 359-1909

Michaels

Michaels
2109 N Prospect Ave, Champaign, IL
locations.michaels.com
(217) 378-8716

Dean's Graphics

Dean’s Graphics
3103 Research Rd, Champaign, IL
www.deans-graphics.com
(217) 363-1390

Fast Signs

Fast Signs
313 N Mattis Ave #114, Champaign, IL
www.fastsigns.com
(217) 398-6600

Upclose Printing

Upclose Printing
120 W White St, Champaign, IL
www.upcloseprinting.com
(217) 359-3200

Armored Gopher Games

Armored Gopher Games
1508 N Cunningham Ave, Urbana, IL
www.armored-gopher.com
(217) 344-4263

Titan Games

Titan Games
723 S Neil St #104, Champaign, IL
www.facebook.com/titangamescu
(217) 607-2317

The Dragon's Table

The Dragon’s Table
205 N Market St, Champaign, IL
www.dragons-table.com
(217) 359-0503

Dr. G's Brainworks

Dr. G’s Brainworks
114 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL
http://drgsbrainworks.com/
(217) 607-2427

Illini Plastics

Illini Plastics Supply
201 S. First St., Champaign, IL
www.illiniplastics.com
217.352.4300

Dixon Graphics

Dixon Graphics
105 W John St, Champaign, IL 61820
www.dixon-graphics.com
(217) 351-6100

Fabrication

Fab Lab
1301 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL
cucfablab.org
(217) 300-1639

Makerspace Urbana
202 S Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL
www.ucimc.org
(217) 344-8820

Illini Plastics Supply
201 S. First St., Champaign, IL
www.illiniplastics.com
217.352.4300

 

Game Components

The I.D.E.A. Store
28 E. Springfield Avenue, 2nd Floor, Champaign, IL
www.the-idea-store.org
(217) 352-7878

Art Coop
150 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL
www.theartcoop.com
(217) 352-4562

Slot and Wing
1040 W Bloomington Rd, Champaign, IL
www.slotandwing.net
(217) 359-1909

Michaels
2109 N Prospect Ave, Champaign, IL
locations.michaels.com
(217) 378-8716

Printing

Dixon Graphics
105 W John St, Champaign, IL
www.dixon-graphics.com
(217) 351-6100

Dean’s Graphics
3103 Research Rd, Champaign, IL
www.deans-graphics.com
(217) 363-1390

Fast Signs
313 N Mattis Ave #114, Champaign, IL
www.fastsigns.com
(217) 398-6600

Upclose Printing
120 W White St, Champaign, IL
www.upcloseprinting.com
(217) 359-3200

 

Game Stores

Armored Gopher Games
1508 N Cunningham Ave, Urbana, IL
www.armored-gopher.com
(217) 344-4263

Titan Games
723 S Neil St #104, Champaign, IL
www.facebook.com/titangamescu
(217) 607-2317

The Dragon’s Table
205 N Market St, Champaign, IL
www.dragons-table.com
(217) 359-0503

Dr. G’s Brainworks
114 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL
http://drgsbrainworks.com/
(217) 607-2427

Team Discount Card

Local supply businesses have partnered with CUDO Plays to help make your game a reality! Present this card at the participating locations to receive discounts:

  • Art Coop – 10 % discount on any supplies!
  • Illini Plastics – 10% discount good on all materials
  • Slot and Wing – 10% discount applies to modeling and general supplies

Online Resources

Design Assets

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The Noun Project 
(Icons)
http://thenounproject.com/
You must create a free account, but there are many great free icons under a public domain (free to use) and creative commons (must source the artist) licenses. Icons can be downloaded as a .svg or as a .png file.


Game-Icons.net
(Icons)
http://game-icons.net/
Great resource for game related icons, all under a creative commons license so the artists musts be credited. Icons can be downloaded as a .svg or .png file. No account needed.


Dafont.com (Fonts)
http://www.dafont.com/
Really awesome resource to get some fonts, you can search by style, theme, etc. and specifically public domain/100% free ones.

CG Textures (Textures/Backgrounds)
http://www.cgtextures.com/
If you need a texture or a background this site has tons and is very organized. Though you must make an account and you’re just limited to how many you can use. Be sure to mention where you got the artwork from.


Open Game Art 
(Art/3D Models/Backgrounds)
http://opengameart.org/
A lot of different art resources here from 3D models to sprites to backgrounds. The site is mostly for digital games but there are a lot of assets and as usual please cite your sources that you use.


Creative Commons Search
(Images/Art)
http://search.creativecommons.org/
Cool search engine for searching creative commons art and images. You can narrow your search to specifically search clip art or google images.

Game Pieces


The Game Crafter 
(Game Pieces/Printing)
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/
There are a ton of pieces that you can get for your game. There are also lots of printing services for boards, cards, tiles and boxes. Just be aware that it takes some time to ship items to you so plan accordingly.


Meeple Source 
(Game Pieces)
http://www.meeplesource.com/
Lots of little wooden resource tokens, just be aware that it takes some time to ship items to you so plan accordingly.

 

 

On-Demand Printing


Print & Play Production
(Board/Card/Tile Printing)
http://www.printplaygames.com/
An on-demand service specifically for board games. There are printing services for boxes, boards, cards and a ton of other pieces. Just be aware that it takes some time to ship items to you so plan accordingly.


Printers Studio
(Card Printing)
http://www.printerstudio.com/
Lots of on-demand printing options, a good service for printing cards. Just be aware that it takes some time to ship items to you so plan accordingly.

 

Online 3D Printing


Shapeways 
(On-demand 3D printing/Pre-made 3D models)
http://www.shapeways.com/
An online 3D Printing service where you can upload your own model or print from pre-made models. Just be aware that it takes some time to ship items to you so plan accordingly. Also be sure to mention where you got the artwork from and cite the artist.


I Materialise 
(On-demand 3D printing)
http://i.materialise.com/
An on-demand 3D printing service that you can upload a 3D model and order it printed. Just be aware that it takes some time to ship items to you so plan accordingly.