Last chance to sign up for Season 4 of CUDO Plays! Check out what we’ve been up to and whats coming up:


Last Week to Sign Up!

Team Registered_small-01Signups for the new season of the CUDO Plays board game design competition still open until the Playtest Convention! If you’d like to participate and want to join in on the board game making fun, you can sign up with your team here:

Team Signup

Or if you want to participate and want to create a team or join a team, you can sign up as an individual here:

Individual Signup


iSchool Spotlight Article


The iSchool did a spotlight on committee members Kaity Bequette and Tom Ackerman discussing our program CUDO Plays Academy and their experiences with teaching grade school students game design! Checkout the rest of the article here!


Upcoming Events

Playtest Convention – Saturday, November 5th

Lincoln Square Mall @ 1-6pm
Love board games? Then you’ll want to try these brand new board game creations, designed right here in Champaign-Urbana! Join a table and play – your feedback will help teams create a better game.


Design Workshop – Saturday, November 12th

CU FabLab @ 1-4pm
Add some polish to your game! We’ll teach you about useful programs you can use to add aesthetic details to your game, to make it look and feel how you imagined.


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.


CUDO Plays Recommends

This week we recommend the game, Captain Sonar!

In Captain Sonar, you and your teammates control a state-of-the-art submarine and are trying to locate an enemy submarine in order to blow it out of the water before they can do the same to you. Every role is important, and the confrontation is merciless. Be organized and communicate because a captain is nothing without his crew: the Chief Mate, the Radio Operator, and the Engineer.

Captain Sonar can be played in two modes: turn-by-turn or simultaneous. In the latter set-up, all the members of a team take their actions simultaneously while trying to track what the opponents are doing, too. When a captain is ready to launch an attack, the action pauses for a moment to see whether a hit has been recorded — then play resumes with the target having snuck away while the attacker paused or with bits of metal now scattered across the ocean floor. A neat cooperative game that plays 2-8 players for about 45 minutes to an hour.