Season 5 Grand Exhibition

Our biggest Grand Exhibition yet was also a big success! There were a few small hiccups involved with being in a new venue, but overall Broadway Food Hall was an awesome space, and a great partner to work with. Once the brunch crowd left things were a bit less hectic and by the end of the evening all of the teams had shown off their games to some new people.

To go along with our biggest Grand Exhibition, we had our biggest raffle ever! Lots of attendees got to go home with a new game or game accessory.

As always, at the end of the night, we presented awards to the games of the season that excelled in eight specific categories. Here are the winners and the runners up for each award!

Award winners got prize packages from our sponsors, but of course, every competitor also got a CUDO Plays swag bag filled with games and promos from major game companies.

An awesome finale to another awesome season of CUDO Plays. We’ll be slowing down for a few months, but stay tuned here for details on all our events and projects. Season 6 is just around the corner!


Upcoming Events

CUBED Open Playtesting – Sunday, March 18th

Gopher Mafia Games @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Our sister organization CUBED (Champaign-Urbana Boardgame Engineers & Designers) is having their monthly open playtesting session. Bring a game design you’re working on or just come and play other people’s prototypes!  Facebook event

CUDO Plays March Game Night: Season 5 Games! – Monday, March 19th

Hyatt Place Champaign @ 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Didn’t get to play all the games you wanted to try at the Grand Exhibition? Fear not, you’ve got another chance! The featured games for our monthly game night this month are all the games of Season 5! Hope to see you there.  Facebook event


CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Pairs.

This game uses a “triangular” deck of cards: that’s 1×1, 2×2, 3×3, and so on all the way to 10 copies of the 10 card. There are many ways to play, but here’s the basic game:  Pairs is a simple press-your-luck game. Players take turns taking cards, trying not to get a pair. If you get a pair, you score points (and points are bad). You can also choose to fold, instead of taking a card, and score the lowest card in play. Folding gets you some points, but catching a pair could get you even more. Pairs doesn’t have a winner, just a loser. The first player to reach a target score loses, and the target score depends on the number of players. For example, with 4 players, the loser is the first player to 16 points.

Pairs is a great family game that has seen many reprints and editions. It was also one of our raffle prizes at the Season 5 Grand Exhibition!