We have over 10 signups already for CUDO Plays Season 4! We are so excited to see so many people in our community excited to make games. Lets take a look at whats going on in CUDO Plays:


CUDO Plays Academy + Stratton Academy of the Arts

We are excited to share a program that we are running in partnership with the Stratton Academy of the Arts called CUDO Plays Academy!

CUDO Plays Academy is a 13 lesson long program for some of the 3rd and 4th grade classes of Stratton that we’ve developed with a focus on creating and designing a board game.

We’ll be teaching them a few new games to be inspired by and guiding them through the process of brainstorming, prototyping and playtesting games of their own creation! We hope to spark the love of games into these young designers and inspire them to build and design their own board games.

If you think this program would be awesome at a school near you, let them know! We’ve loved this partnership with Stratton and would love to work with other schools to bring this program to more kids. We can be contacted from our About page or at cudoplaysofficial@gmail.com!


Kickoff Pictures

The pictures from the Community and Student Kickoffs have been uploaded to our Facebook page. Go check them out here and if you see yourself feel free to tag yourself!



Upcoming Events


Houdini’s Poutini Release Party – Sunday, September 18th

Titan Games CU @ 1:00pm
Houdini’s Poutini is done and ready to release! Come out to Titan Games CU to celebrate these local designers. Backers will be able to pick up their rewards, and they will have copies of the game on hand to play, and will also have some of their other games on hand as well.

Houdini’s Poutini Release Party Facebook Event RSVP


September Game Night – Monday, September 19th

Hyatt Place @ 6:30pm
Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts! The featured games of the night games from Seasons 1, 2, and 3! Celebrate the beginning of a new season by playing games from our three years so far. Here’s to many more!

Game Night Facebook Event RSVP


Symposium – Saturday, September 24th

Attended the Symposium

Champaign Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B @ 1:30-3:30pm

An afternoon dedicated to the discussion of various aspects of board game design. There will be speakers, as well as a networking event to allow teams and individuals to get to know each other better.


CUDO Plays @ Heartland Makerfest – Saturday, October 1st

Heartland Maker Fest-01Lincoln Square Mall @ 9am-4pm

Makerspace Urbana is throwing their annual Heartland Maker Fest! This is a one day celebration of the maker and DIY community. CUDO Plays will have a table all day where you can stop by and do the Board Game Blitz challenge!


Board Game Bootcamp – Sunday, September 2nd

Bootcamp_small-01Champaign Library, Robeson Pavilion Room C @ 1:30-4:30pm
Scared of the thought of designing your own board game? This event is for you! Come on down for an afternoon of fast paced game design and prototyping. See what you can come up with!



CUDO Plays Recommends

This week the game we are recommending is Melee!

In Melee you want to be the first person to capture an opposing castle (at which point the game ends immediately) or to have the most land and gold at the end of the year. Money is tight, and gold is used in the game both to build new units and to attack. The more gold you have and spend on your troops, the more motivated they will be and the higher your probability of success. It’s a great quick game for 2-4 players and plays in about 20 minutes.