Season 5 Playtest Convention and After-Party

Wide shot of Playtest Convention in full swing

This was our biggest Playtest Convention yet with over 20 games available to play! Teams got a ton of great feedback. The after-party at Spark Museum and Play Cafe was also a success with several teams and community members sticking around to eat and chat afterwards. Bummed you couldn’t play all the games at the Playtest Convention? Just make sure to attend future playtest events from CUDO Plays and CUBED, you’ll get your chance!

CUBED November Meeting: Q&A with Matt Leacock

Acclaimed designer Matt Leacock answered many questions from the audience and talked at length about his own design process. Weren’t able to make it to this awesome event? Fear not! Our own Kaity Bequette took extensive notes that you can find here.

Upcoming Events

Design Workshop – Saturday, November 11th

Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Season 3 design workshop

Teams! Bring your prototype games and your questions and learn the fundamentals of game graphic design and layout. This will be a true workshop afternoon with everyone participating to solve real-world design problems, and with professional designers present to give their insights.
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CUBED Open Playtest – Sunday, November 19th

Gopher Mafia Games @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm

CUBED  is the Champaign-Urbana Board Game Design Engineers and Designers, a local tabletop game design group that emphasizes creation, collaboration, and execution of quality board and card games. It is a great place to show new designs and playtest your game with other designers to get insightful feedback.

CUDO Plays November Game Night – Monday, November 20th

Hyatt Place Champaign @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

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

This month’s game night will be for playtesting the games in Season 5, so teams, make sure to come to Game Night and bring your game! You can never playtest enough.

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends The Climbers.

The Climbers and box

This is an easy-to-learn, all-wooden, 3D strategy game with beautiful components, which include 35 colorful blocks of different sizes, a climber pawn for each player, a blocking stone for each player, and a short and a long ladder for each player. Starting with all the blocks in a random tower, players move a block and then climb up the tower gradually — without ladders for small steps up, and with ladders for larger climbs. Blocking stones keep the block in place and unoccupied for one round, but you can only use your blocking stones and each ladder once during the game. The winner is whoever gets to the highest point first when no one can go higher for one round. You can only climb onto surfaces that are the same color as your climber or gray (a neutral color any climbers can use).

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