IndieCade 2018

A number of CUDO Plays Committee members and CUDO Plays veterans were in sunny Santa Monica, California last weekend attending IndieCade, the international festival of independent games. We gave talks, made friends, and even won an award. Stay tuned here on the blog for a full IndieCade recap in the coming days.


CUDO Plays @ Heartland Maker Fest

Heartland Maker Fest

BJ Gailey is ready to help some kids make games!

Another great Heartland Maker Fest this year, and CUDO Plays was there! Many kids got to make and take home their own board games.


October Game Night: Fallstravaganza

Nobody really stuck to the theme at this month’s game night, even though the theme was very broad. That’s A-OK though! All people and all games are welcome at the CUDO Plays monthly game nights. (3rd Monday of every month!)


Don’t forget, if you have not yet registered a team for CUDO Plays Season 6, but you would like to, follow this link! If you’re still in the fence, no worries, you have until the end of October to register.



Upcoming Events

Making Workshop – Saturday, October 20th

Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab @ 1:30pm – 3:30pm

We’ll show you community resources to make cheap, awesome looking games, and you’ll learn about laser cutters and 3D printers. This is going to be the workshop that evolves your game from ‘stuff I found in my basement’ to top shelf material. We will have Season 1 winners of our Craft category walking you through what they did to make their game look like a million dollars. Facebook event



CUBED Open Playtest – Sunday, October 21st

Gopher Mafia Games, Urbana @ 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Every month CUBED hosts an open playtesting event at Gopher Mafia Games. Bring whatever game prototype you’re working on and get feedback from other local game designers!  Facebook event



Beers & Board Games – Saturday, October 27th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 7:00pm – 10:00pm

CUDO Plays has joined forces with Cafeteria & Company to help them run their bi-monthly game nights. Come out to Cafe & Co. every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month to chill with some games, snacks, and beer/wine/coffee. Don’t miss the fun!  Facebook event



CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Portal of Heroes.

Portal of Heroes box

In this game, you must use magic pearls to summon mighty fantasy heroes. At the start of Portal of Heroes, four pearl cards and two character cards lie face up in the middle of the table. The rest of the character and pearl cards are set nearby in separate decks. Each player receives their own player portal and places it face up in front of them. Each turn, you can take three actions from a menu of four options: Take a pearl card into your hand, replace all of the pearl cards in the display, place a character card on your portal, or activate a character. You can perform any of the four possible actions multiple times, and in any order. To activate a character, you must play a specific combination of pearl cards from your hand onto the character card. Activated characters grant you power points, diamonds, or special abilities. The person with the most power points from activated characters wins the game!