CUDO Plays in the News

March 3, 2017

The Game Crafter is once again sponsoring CUDO Plays’ Grand Exhibition and this year the event will take place on Sunday, March 12th.

Read the full blog post at Game Crafter>

 

 

uiucOctober 28, 2016

Expanding upon their mission of introducing new people into the board gaming community, the CUDO Plays committee recently started CUDO Plays Academy to teach board game design to elementary school students.

Read the full article at iSchool >

 

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CUDO Plays is an Illinois-local board game design competition hosted by the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization. They bring together gamers, makers, and designers to bring their game ideas to reality!

Read the full blurb at Heartland Makerfest >

 

d306e74e5502a43f3dc8e35d2003bf1a_400x400November 10, 2015

Last Saturday the Champaign-Urbana Design org (CUDO) Plays, also known as CUDO Plays held a playtesting event at Lincoln Square. There was a great turn out with about 20 different games being played.

Read the full article at Smile Politely >

 

WCIA-3-Logo-StraightOctober 8, 2015

Game makers have been working on their games for about two weeks, but they’re still in the first stages of development. It was their first time showing the games to the community.

Watch the full segment at WCIA >

 

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The folks associated with “CUDO Plays!”, are actually putting ideas into concrete games for all of us to play.

Listen to the full interview at Show and Tell CI >

 

 

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CUDO exhibit brings board gamers together. A closer look at the games at the Grand Exhibition of CUDO Plays Season 1.

Read the full article at News Gazette >

Press Releases

Announcing the CUDO Plays Virtual Game Jam

CUDO Plays is happy to announce the first CUDO Plays Game Jam, beginning Tuesday August 25 to Sunday September 27! Full details will be announced during the CUDO Plays Virtual Kickoff , Tuesday August 25 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm!

What is a Game Jam? Game jams are competitions where participants create games within a limited amount of time and under specific constraints. The CUDO Plays Game Jam will be a virtual tabletop game jam – participants will create board games playable physically or virtually! Entries to the CUDO Plays Game Jam are limited to a predefined set of standard game components. CUDO Plays will supply entrants with virtual component templates, as well as packs of physical components for local participants to use in their designs. 

The CUDO Plays Game Jam will be hosted on itch.io, an open marketplace for independent creators! The Game Jam page can be found here.

CUDO Plays is partnering with Playful By Design – participants will have the chance to join a design chat at the Playful By Design Symposium right after the end of the Game Jam! Newcomers to CUDO Plays are welcome – no past involvement necessary. Be a part of CUDO Plays’ first foray into the world of digital board game jams!

CUDO Plays is a board game design competition founded in Champaign-Urbana, IL. You can sign up for information about future events at our website. And check out our parent organization CUDO, the Champaign Urbana Design Organization.

CUDO Plays Season 7 Award Winners

CUDO Plays, your local Board Game Design Competition, is excited to announce the award winners of its 7th season!

CUDO Plays brings together local gamers, designers, and makers to build unique, homemade tabletop games over the course of just six months. 12 new and original board games have been submitted for this season of the competition. One of the mottos of CUDO Plays is “finishing is winning” and we are proud of all of our teams this season for creating amazing games from scratch! At the end of each season, CUDO Plays gives out awards to highlight the games that truly excel in the following eight categories:

Indie Game Alliance Marketability Award

The Indie Game Alliance is a guild of independent tabletop game developers that have joined together to promote the latest and greatest indie games across the country! With their network of volunteers, the IGA offers a vast array of promotional assistance for game designers, from playtesting services to warehousing and sales. The Marketability award recognizes which game is most ready to make it to store shelves and generate broad appeal.

Runners Up: Hero High, SELL.fish, TOP TIP$

Winner: Biozone: Wild Planet

CU Adventures in Time and Space Visual Design Award

CU Adventures in Time and Space is the largest escape room facility in central Illinois, bringing you into immersive worlds filled with amazing levels of detail and intricate design! CATS brings their players into spooky cabins, cyberpunk alleys, and other settings highlighted with rich visual appeal.The Visual Design award recognizes the game whose appearance best enhances gameplay and storytelling.

Runners Up: FlipFrogs, Hero High

Winner: Upon A Hillside

The Game Crafter Craft Award

The Game Crafter is the world’s first print on demand game publishing service! With an easy-to-use system, TGC offers templates, instructions, videos, and proofing tools to help designers create a quality product. The Craft award is given to the game whose physical components show the highest quality and add to the game.

Runner Up: FlipFrogs, Railroaded

Winner: Upon A Hillside

Titan Games Innovation Award

Titan Games is a local game store that isn’t afraid to change things up and explore new ways to game! The owners work hard to keep up with the gaming industry and provide something fresh for everyone who visits. The Innovation award is given to the game that shows the most creative use of mechanics to create a new experience for the players.

Runners Up: FlipFrogs, Vehicular Arrangers

Winner: Upon A Hillside

Gopher Mafia Games Accessibility Award

Gopher Mafia Games is a local game store that understands gaming is for everyone, and strives to be a space for all gamers. They pride themselves on community outreach and their ability to bring new people into the gaming hobby. The Accessibility award is for the game that can be played by the widest audience and provide an engaging time for everyone who plays.

Runner Up:Hero High, TOP TIP$

Winner: Biozone: Wild Planet

Live Action Games Replay Value Award

Live Action Games is a home to all the games and toys that are a blast from the past, because they believe that fun never goes out of style.  From Gundam models to vintage Castle Greyskull to resold video games, Live Action Games is the place to go when you want to make your 10 year old self jealous. The Replay Value award is presented to the game that can provide a great experience even after many plays.

Runner Up: Biozone: Wild Planet, Hero High

Winner: Upon A Hillside

Dr. G’s BrainWorks Enrichment Award

Dr. G’s BrainWorks knows that gaming strengthens your brain and improves your health.  For everything from puzzles to science kits to high strategy board games, Dr. G’s is ready to help you give brains of all ages a workout. The Enrichment award is given to the game which best promotes thought about educational topics or real world issues.

Runner Up: SELL.fish, TOP TIP$

Winner:  Biozone

Elf Creek Games Theme Award

Elf Creek Games is a local game publisher that recognizes that when a game tells a strong enough story, everything falls into place.  Elf Creek Games has successfully published games like End of the Trail, Atlantis Rising, and Honey Buzz. The Theme award highlights a game whose narrative is told through every facet: rules, components, and overall play experience.

Runner Up: TOP TIP$, Upon A Hillside

Winner: The Glorious Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of San Martinez

CUDO Plays is brought to you each year with the support of local businesses! We will be inviting the public to play all 12 games from Season 7 when we kick off our eighth season in fall 2020!

For more information about CUDO Plays, please visit cudoplays.com, or our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cudoplays

Also, check out thecudo.org to learn about our parent organization CUDO, the Champaign Urbana Design Organization.

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.

 

Season 5 Grand Exhibition

CUDO Plays, your local Board Game Design Competition, is excited to announce that it’s holding its fifth annual Grand Exhibition on Sunday, March 11th from 1-8pm at the brand new Broadway Food Hall in Urbana!

CUDO Plays brings together local gamers, designers, and makers to build unique, homemade board games. Twenty-two teams submitted original board games this season and the Grand Exhibition will give them an opportunity to show them off to the public and commemorate their efforts. Each game will be playable by attendees. At the end of the evening, teams 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 by and experience the wonderful local creations. There will be a diverse range of games, everything from building contraptions to win a Queen’s favor to jamming out in a band! With a delightful mix of eclectic genres and skill levels, there’s something for everybody.

A breakdown of the Grand Exhibition:
1pm – 5pm: Gaming
5pm – 7:00pm: Dinner, featuring the restaurants and bar of Broadway Food Hall!
7:00pm: Awards Ceremony

CUDO Plays is sponsored mainly by local businesses, with prizes provided by Gopher Mafia Games, Live Action Games, Titan Games, Dr. G’s Brainworks, Volition, the Indie Game Alliance, Print and Play Games, and The Game Crafter.

For more information about CUDO Plays, please visit cudoplays.com

Season 5 Playtest Convention

CUDO Plays, your local board game design competition, will be holding its fifth annual Playtest Convention on Saturday, November 4th from 1-5:30 pm at the Lincoln Square Mall!

CUDO Plays brings together local gamers, designers, and makers to build unique, high-quality board games over the course of six months, and has just begun their fifth season. Help shape these games in their early stages by testing them at the convention!
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