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
Also, check out 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.