CUDO Plays, your local Board Game Design Competition, is excited to announce the award winners of its 7th season!

CUDO Plays brings together local gamers, designers, and makers to build unique, homemade tabletop games over the course of just six months. 12 new and original board games have been submitted for this season of the competition. One of the mottos of CUDO Plays is “finishing is winning” and we are proud of all of our teams this season for creating amazing games from scratch! At the end of each season, CUDO Plays gives out awards to highlight the games that truly excel in the following eight categories:

 

Indie Game Alliance Marketability Award

The Indie Game Alliance is a guild of independent tabletop game developers that have joined together to promote the latest and greatest indie games across the country! With their network of volunteers, the IGA offers a vast array of promotional assistance for game designers, from playtesting services to warehousing and sales. The Marketability award recognizes which game is most ready to make it to store shelves and generate broad appeal.

Runners Up: Hero High, SELL.fish, TOP TIP$

Winner: Biozone: Wild Planet

 

CU Adventures in Time and Space Visual Design Award

CU Adventures in Time and Space is the largest escape room facility in central Illinois, bringing you into immersive worlds filled with amazing levels of detail and intricate design! CATS brings their players into spooky cabins, cyberpunk alleys, and other settings highlighted with rich visual appeal.The Visual Design award recognizes the game whose appearance best enhances gameplay and storytelling.

Runners Up: FlipFrogs, Hero High

Winner: Upon A Hillside

 

The Game Crafter Craft Award

The Game Crafter is the world’s first print on demand game publishing service! With an easy-to-use system, TGC offers templates, instructions, videos, and proofing tools to help designers create a quality product. The Craft award is given to the game whose physical components show the highest quality and add to the game.

Runner Up: FlipFrogs, Railroaded

Winner: Upon A Hillside

 

Titan Games Innovation Award

Titan Games is a local game store that isn’t afraid to change things up and explore new ways to game! The owners work hard to keep up with the gaming industry and provide something fresh for everyone who visits. The Innovation award is given to the game that shows the most creative use of mechanics to create a new experience for the players.

Runners Up: FlipFrogs, Vehicular Arrangers

Winner: Upon A Hillside

 

Gopher Mafia Games Accessibility Award

Gopher Mafia Games is a local game store that understands gaming is for everyone, and strives to be a space for all gamers. They pride themselves on community outreach and their ability to bring new people into the gaming hobby. The Accessibility award is for the game that can be played by the widest audience and provide an engaging time for everyone who plays.

Runner Up:Hero High, TOP TIP$

Winner: Biozone: Wild Planet

 

Live Action Games Replay Value Award

Live Action Games is a home to all the games and toys that are a blast from the past, because they believe that fun never goes out of style.  From Gundam models to vintage Castle Greyskull to resold video games, Live Action Games is the place to go when you want to make your 10 year old self jealous. The Replay Value award is presented to the game that can provide a great experience even after many plays.

Runner Up: Biozone: Wild Planet, Hero High

Winner: Upon A Hillside

 

Dr. G’s BrainWorks Enrichment Award

Dr. G’s BrainWorks knows that gaming strengthens your brain and improves your health.  For everything from puzzles to science kits to high strategy board games, Dr. G’s is ready to help you give brains of all ages a workout. The Enrichment award is given to the game which best promotes thought about educational topics or real world issues.

Runner Up: SELL.fish, TOP TIP$

Winner:  Biozone

 

Elf Creek Games Theme Award

Elf Creek Games is a local game publisher that recognizes that when a game tells a strong enough story, everything falls into place.  Elf Creek Games has successfully published games like End of the Trail, Atlantis Rising, and Honey Buzz. The Theme award highlights a game whose narrative is told through every facet: rules, components, and overall play experience.

Runner Up: TOP TIP$, Upon A Hillside

Winner: The Glorious Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of San Martinez

 

CUDO Plays is brought to you each year with the support of local businesses! We will be inviting the public to play all 12 games from Season 7 when we kick off our eighth season in fall 2020!

For more information about CUDO Plays, please visit cudoplays.com, or our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cudoplays

Also, check out thecudo.org to learn about our parent organization CUDO, the Champaign Urbana Design Organization.

 

Weekly Rollup: Mar 1st – Mar 7th

No events to recap this week, but lots coming up in March!

 

Upcoming Events

Marketing Workshop – Saturday, March 7th

Pixo Cafe @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Congratulations! You’ve designed a board game, it’s ready for the Final Exhibition and you can already taste the sweet victory of winning our categories. However, there is more in store for you and your board game! We’re going to walk you through a number of strategies to bring your beautiful creation to the masses. You’ll learn about how to deal with publishers, how to make sure the right people are hearing about your game and what to do if you want to take your game on to the national stage! Local marketing experts will run you through the do’s and don’ts of a successful marketing campaign, in preparation for giving your board game the absolute best chance of commercial success.  Facebook event

 

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, March 14th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

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 January Game Night: Lucky Games – Monday, March 16th

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

Take a break from your busy schedule and get to know your fellow game enthusiasts! CUDO Plays Game Night is open to everyone! For St. Patrick’s, our theme is “luck o’ the Irish.” Bring your luck-based games whether they’ve got dice, cards or some other randomizer, bring your games of chance and let’s see who comes out on top.

 

Grand Exhibition – Sunday, March 31st

Broadway Food Hall @ Noon – 7:00pm

The big event! All submitted board games will be showcased for the community to come and play. The award ceremony will also take place during the Grand Exhibition, where exceptional games will be recognized in eight different categories. This is an event to celebrate creativity and imagination in Champaign-Urbana; feel free to bring anyone you’d like, there’ll be games for all ages, tastes, and skill levels.  Facebook event

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends 5-Minute Dungeon.

This is a chaotic, co-­operative, real-­time card game in which players have only five minutes to escape the randomized dungeon. Communication and teamwork are critical to survival because there’s no time to form a carefully considered plan — and no predicting what dangers lie ahead.

Weekly Rollup: Feb 1st – Feb 8th

No events this week, but the teams have sure been busy preparing their games for turn-in!

 

Upcoming Events

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, February 8th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

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

Game Turn-In – Saturday/Sunday February 15th and 16th

If you’re a competitor in CUDO Plays, be ready to turn your game in to us on February 15th or 16th. We’ll be waiting for you and your games Saturday, February 15 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at Titan Games and Sunday, February 16 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at Gopher Mafia! (P.S. CUBED is also having at meeting February 16 at 7:00pm at Gopher Mafia, so you can turn in your game and stick around for some playtesting!) After that, your games will be played and assessed by our secret panel of judges. Stay tuned for additional details about game Turn-in.

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Deadly Doodles.

In this game, 1-4 players simultaneously draw paths through a dangerous dungeon. Draw cards, draw a path through your dungeon, and rack up points! Collect loot and fight monsters…or run away screaming! Can you defeat the dragon for the big score?

Weekly Rollup: Jan 25th – Feb 1st

Beer & Board Games

Particularly busy game night at our Saturday Beer & Board Games at Cafeteria & Company

CUDO Plays @ Winter War

We ran games earlier than usual on the Sunday of Winter War and it worked great! Many teams got good playtests in, and some new people learned about CUDO Plays!

 

 

Upcoming Events

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, February 8th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

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

Game Turn-In – Saturday/Sunday February 15th and 16th

If you’re a competitor in CUDO Plays, be ready to turn your game in to us on February 15th or 16th. After that, your games will be played and assessed by our secret panel of judges. Stay tuned for additional details about game Turn-in.

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Gizmos.

Weekly Rollup: Jan 17th – Jan 25th

Critical Review

Many teams came out over the weekend for Critical Review. All the games are looking great and we can’t wait for turn-in!

January Game Night: Playtesting!

The featured games for January Game Night were the nearly-finished prototypes from this season of CUDO Plays!

 

Upcoming Events

Beer & Board Games – Saturday, January 25th

Cafeteria & Company, Urbana @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

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 @ Winter War – Sunday, Januray 26th

Hawthorne Suites/Champaign Suites @ 9:00am – 1:00pm

As always, CUDO Plays will have a room for open playtesting at Winter War, the local gaming convention. You don’t need to be a con attendee to join in, but if you’re a Season 7 competitor, this is a great opportunity to get your game in front of some hardcore gamers that you might not see otherwise! Facebook event

 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends La Isla.

In this clever game, players are explorers on an uncharted island trying to capture pictures of the many animals there that were previously thought extinct! Each turn players are dealt three cards, and must use all of them for 3 different actions. Choose one card to help you build bonuses, another to get resources, and another to move explorers around the map. You must select you cards carefully for each of these actions to get the most points and win.