Upcoming Events

CUDO Plays August Game Night

Monday, August 17th 6:30-9pm
Quality Beer

Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts!

The featured game of the night will be Codenames!

Of course, you’re welcome to bring your own games to play with the group!

CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! Spread the word and let’s have a great time. Whether you’re a serious gamer or just looking to relax and socialize, we’d love to see you there!

Student Kickoff

Tuesday, September 15th- 6:30-7:30pm
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Can’t make the community kickoff? Join us at the CUDO Plays Season 2 Student Kickoff! CUDO Plays is a board game design competition aimed at teaching teams how to bring their original cardboard creations to life. Come learn about the competition and how you can form a team to build your own game! You can also be a part of CUDO Plays individually; come to to the Kickoff to learn more!

Kickoff

Thursday, September 17th- 6:30-7:30pm
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Ever thought about creating your own board game? Join us at the CUDO Plays Season 2 Kickoff! CUDO Plays is a board game design competition aimed at teaching teams how to bring their original cardboard creations to life. Come learn about the competition and how you can form a team to build your own game!

CUDO Plays September Game Night

Monday, September 21st 6:30-9pm
Quality Beer

Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts!

The featured game of the night will be Spyfall!

Of course, you’re welcome to bring your own games to play with the group!

CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! Spread the word and let’s have a great time. Whether you’re a serious gamer or just looking to relax and socialize, we’d love to see you there!

Game Design Symposium

Late September
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An evening dedicated to the discussion of various aspects of board game design. There will be speakers from the University and local gaming companies, as well as a networking event to allow teams and individuals to get to know each other better.

Board Game Bootcamp

Saturday, September 26th – 11am-3pm
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BootcampScared of the thought of designing your own board game? This event is for you! Experience the design process condensed into one day. We’re going to have design professionals on hand to guide you through the excitement of generating ideas, rapid iteration and prototype creation, all within the space of a day! Have fun thinking through what makes a good board game, and get a taste of the awesome feeling that comes from bringing a board game to life!

Pitch Night

Saturday, October 3rd- 6:30-8:30pm
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Pitch Night

Need a team or want to recruit more members? Just want to show off your game ideas? Pitch Night will be hosted at Pizza M, for those looking for inspiration and teammates, or just to listen to others.

CUDO Plays Work Night

Saturday, October 10th
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Haven’t had the time for game development? Teams, set some time aside to work on your games! The CUDO Plays Committee will be there to talk with you and answer any questions you have! Whether you need help on mechanics, design, or even logistics, we’re here to help!

CUDO Plays October Game Night

Monday, October 19th 6:30-9pm
Quality Beer

Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts!

The featured game of the night will be announced soon!

Of course, you’re welcome to bring your own games to play with the group!

CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! Spread the word and let’s have a great time. Whether you’re a serious gamer or just looking to relax and socialize, we’d love to see you there!

Design Workshop
Late October
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The Design Workshop will take you through everything you need to do to bring your design to digital life!
Teams, please RSVP with us so we can guarantee you computers to work with if you plan on attending.
Playtesting Convention

Saturday, November 7th- 1-6pm
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Playtesting Convention_small-01Written Rulebook_small-01Come to the CUDO Plays Playtest Convention for Season 2! This is a day to play the new prototypes and creations of the CUDO Plays teams and to get feedback from the Champaign-Urbana gaming community. Refreshments will be provided, and you will receive invaluable critique from people with years of experience.

Teams can bring their games in any condition that they are in and playtest with people from the community. We will provide playtest feedback forms for playtesters to fill out!

We strongly recommend that teams have at least a paper prototype of their game ready before the playtest convention, so that there is plenty of time to both playtest and make revisions, but don’t let that deter you from just attending!

Please invite your friends, family, co-workers – everybody you know! The more playtesters there are, the more feedback you will get!

Making Workshop - Laser Cutting

Early November
Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab

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We’ll show you community resources to make cheap, awesome looking games, and you’ll learn about laser cutters. This is going to be the workshop that evolves your game from ‘stuff I found in my basement’ to top shelf material. We will have Season 1 winners of our Craft Category walking you through what they did to make their game look like a million dollars.

Making Workshop 2.0 - 3D Printing

Early November
Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab

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We’ll show you community resources to make cheap, awesome looking games, and you’ll learn about 3D printers. This is going to be the workshop that evolves your game from ‘stuff I found in my basement’ to top shelf material. We will have Season 1 winners of our Craft Category walking you through what they did to make their game look like a million dollars.

CUDO Plays November Game Night

Monday, November 16th 6:30-9pm
Quality Beer

Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts!

The featured game of the night will be announced soon!

Of course, you’re welcome to bring your own games to play with the group, it is another great chance to come and playtest your games.

CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! Spread the word and let’s have a great time. Whether you’re a serious gamer or just looking to relax and socialize, we’d love to see you there!

Past Events

Informal Playtesting Session 1

Saturday, October 25th – 6:30-11pm
Armored Gopher Games

Prototyped_small-01 Armored Gopher-01Ready to test your game, but not sure who you can ask to play? Do you want to be a part of the process and play board games in progress?

Come to a CUDO Plays informal playtest session! Teams can playtest their prototypes with people from the community. We will provide playtest feedback forms for playtesters to fill out!

Game design is an iterative process. Playtest early and playtest often!

 

Informal Playtesting Session 2

Tuesday, December 2nd, 6-9pm
Titan Games 
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CUDO Plays will be having another informal playtesting session. Teams can playtest their updated prototypes with people from the community. We will provide playtest feedback forms for playtesters to fill out. If you haven’t been able to come out and test your games yet, here is your chance! We encourage everyone to stop by to test out or play some locally designed, developing games!

CUDO Plays December Game Night

Monday, December 15th 6:30-9pm
Hyatt Place in Downtown Champaign

Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts!

This month we will be doing something different, the featured games of the night will be the games made by the CUDO Plays Teams! This is another great chance to playtest your games before bringing them to your family to try during the holidays. Also we will be hosting this month’s game night at the Hyatt Place in downtown Champaign, across the street from Ko Fusion.

CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! Spread the word and let’s have a great time. Whether you’re a serious gamer or just looking to relax and socialize, bring your games, bring your friends and we’d love to see you there!

Informal Playtesting Session 3

Tuesday, January 6th, 6-9pm
Atlanta Bread Co.

CUDO Plays will be having another informal playtesting session. Teams can playtest their updated prototypes with people from the community. We will provide playtest feedback forms for playtesters to fill out. We encourage everyone to stop by to test out or play some locally designed, developing games!

Critical Review

January 31st 12pm-6pm
Pizza M

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A session for you to bring your near–complete board games to our team for critique. A collection of industry experts across a range of disciplines will be available to give you insight into how to make your board game the best it can be.

Winter War

February 8th 2-6pm
Auction Room of the Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, IL

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Is the snow and cold getting you down? Fight it off at Winter War! Teams from the CUDO Plays competition will be showing off their game at Winter War, at the Hawthorne Suites in Champaign! Come see how far the teams have come!

Our event is FREE to the public, but you must purchase a badge to access other areas of Winter War.

Turn In

Friday, February 13th – 2-7pm
Armored Gopher Games

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The final submission—exactly what it sounds like! Turn in your polished game prototype with a complete and coherent rulebook. No work will be allowed on games after this point, and games will be judged based on the judging criteria.

Grand Exhibition

Sunday, March 1st 1-6pm, 7:30pm Awards Ceremony
Urbana Civic Center

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The big event! All submitted board games will be showcased at a prestigious location for everyone to see and to try. The award ceremony will also take place during the Grand Exhibition. This is an event to celebrate creativity and imagination in Champaign-Urbana; feel free to bring anyone you’d like!

Marketing Workshop

Saturday, April 18th – 1-4pm
Room 131, Flagg Hall
1207 South Fourth Street Champaign, IL 61820

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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.