Lots of upcoming playtests and workshops means more chances to develop your games and to try out locally designed games!


Playtest Convention


This was the best Playtest Convention yet! We had about 20 different teams come out and playtest their games! We are proud and excited to see everyone develop their games, share with the community and get some great constructive feedback. Can’t wait to see how each game evolves!


Last Chance to Back Windup War!


The Kickstarter campaign is in it’s FINAL FEW DAYS! They’ve just funded but, there is still time to pledge for a copy of Windup War on Kickstarter!  Support some CUDO Plays alums and check out their game here!


Upcoming Events

Design Workshop – Saturday, November 12th

CU FabLab @ 1-4pm
So your game is playable, but maybe the paper prototype isn’t cutting it for you? Have your game, and make it look good too! Learn about visual design principles at the Design Workshop! Our special guest teacher is none other than Heather Hoover of Armored Gopher Games!


Armored Gopher Playtest Night – Sunday, November 13th

Armored Gopher-01Armored Gopher Games @ 7-9pm
Ready 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!


CUDO Plays @ International Games Day – Saturday, November 19th

Champaign Public Library @ 1-5pm
Join us for a daylong celebration of International Games Day 2016! Get out of the house and play at the library! Families and all ages welcome. Bring your favorite game or play one of ours. Share your expertise and develop new strategies for gaming and learning.


November Game Night – Monday, November 21st

Hyatt Place @ 6:30pm
Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts! This game night will be a playtest night so it will be a great chance to test out your prototypes with the community.

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!


CUDO Plays Recommends

This week, we recommend the cooperative game, Escape: The Curse of the Temple!

Escape is played in real-time, with all players rolling dice and taking actions simultaneously.  The real-time aspect is enforced by a soundtrack to be played during the game. At certain points, a countdown starts, and if players aren’t back in the safe room when time is up, they lose one of their dice.

Once the exit tile is revealed, players can attempt to escape the temple by moving to that tile, then rolling a number of blue dice equal to the magic gems that haven’t been removed from the gem depot. Thus, the more gems you find, the easier it is to escape the temple. When a player escapes, he gives one die to a player of his choice. If all players escape before the third countdown, everyone wins; if not, everyone loses, no matter how many players did escape. A suspenseful game for 1-5 players that plays in 10 minutes.