Weekly Rollup: Apr 7th – Apr 13th

No events this week since we’re in the off-season for CUDO Plays, but we’ve got two game nights coming up. Also you can now see some photos of the Grand Exhibition on our Facebook page!

 

Upcoming Events

Beers & Board Games – Saturday, April 13th

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

CUDO Plays has joined forces with Cafeteria & Company to help them run 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 April Game Night: Games of Season 6 – Monday, April 15th

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! This month’s featured games are the games of Season 6 of CUDO Plays. Here’s another chance to play any games you might have missed at the Grand Exhibition. Facebook event

 

 

CUDO Plays Recommends

This week CUDO Plays recommends Codenames: Duet.

This game keeps the basic elements of the original Codenames — give one-word clues to try to get someone to identify your agents among those on the table — but now you’re working together as a team to find all of your agents! A great game for two players.

Weekly Rollup: Mar 23rd – Mar 30th

CUBED Meeting: Q & A With Jonathan Gilmour

For this month’s CUBED meeting, professional game designer Jonathan Gilmour Skype’d in and answered questions. You can read a full break down of the evening’s discussion here!

Upcoming Events

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 Dragon Castle.

This is a game heavily inspired by Mahjong Solitaire. During your turn, you take a pair of identical tiles from the central “castle” and place them on your own realm board to build your own castle. From time to time, you may sacrifice these tiles to acquire shrines in their place. Every time you create a set of tiles of the same kind, you “consolidate” them, i.e. flip them face down to score points. When you consolidate a set, you may also build shrines on top of the consolidated tiles: Shrines allow you to score more points, but they also limit your building options. You may also take advantage of the available spirit card and its game-changing powers…but this will come at a cost! Finally, don’t forget to check the dragon card in play, and to follow the building requirements to score bonus points. When the Dragon Castle has been reduced to only one floor, the end of the game is triggered. After one final round, the player with the most points is the lord of the new Dragon Castle…and the winner of the game!

Weekly Rollup: Mar 17th – Mar 23rd

March Game Night: Celtic Games

Another successful game night in the books! Attendees even got to try a brand new prototype from one of our veteran CUDO Plays competitors.

Upcoming Events

Beers & Board Games – Saturday, March 23rd

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

CUDO Plays has joined forces with Cafeteria & Company to help them run 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

 

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 Inis.

This is a game of card-drafting and area control. Players act as leaders of different celtic clans vying for control of the region. You can win either through a leadership, territory, or religious victory. Careful drafting, hand management, bluffing, good timing, and a precise understanding of the balance of power are the keys to victory. A beautiful and deep strategy experience.

Weekly Rollup: Mar 9th – Mar 16th

No events this week as we gear up for the Grand Exhibition! If you’re not following us on Facebook, we’ve been posting all of the games for this season, one per day. Check it out!

Upcoming Events

CUDO Plays January Game Night: Celtic Games – Monday, March 18th

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 the featured games this month are celtic games. Bring all your games about the British Isles. Or just some games that are green. Facebook event

 

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 Spyfall.

Spyfall is played over several rounds, and at the start of each round all players receive cards showing the same location — a casino, a traveling circus, a pirate ship, or even a space station — except that one player receives a card that says “Spy” instead of the location. Players then start asking each other questions — “Why are you dressed so strangely?” or “When was the last time we got a payday?” or anything else you can come up with — trying to guess who among them is the spy. The spy doesn’t know where they are, so they have to listen carefully. When it’s their time to answer, they’d better create a good story! At any time during a round, one player may accuse another of being a spy. If all other players agree with the accusation, the round ends and the accused player has to reveal his identity. If the spy is uncovered, all other players score points. However, the spy can himself end a round by announcing that he understands what the secret location is; if his guess is correct, only the spy scores points. After a few rounds of guessing, suspicion and bluffing, the game ends and whoever has scored the most points is victorious!

Weekly Rollup: Mar 2nd – Mar 9th

Marketing Workshop

Another great Marketing Workshop this season with some of the best speakers we’ve ever had. Everyone in attendance learned a bunch. Here’s a rundown of all the talks and some key takeaways:

  • Matt Holden: Indie Game Alliance and Networking in the Board Game Industry
    • You gotta put yourself and your game out there if you’re going to be successful
    • Go to as many events are you are able and be constructive with your criticism
    • The Indie Game Alliance is a great community to help independent game designers
  • Alex Corrao & Kerry Rundle McIver of Panda Game Manufacturing: A Crash Course in Game Manufacturing
    • Getting a game ready for mass production takes time and work
    • To keep costs down, use components that appear in other games and use cards as much as possible
    • You can get a free price quote from pandagm.com
    • Minimum order is 1500 units
    • Panda is committed to helping indie game designers get their game produced!
  • Pat East: Fantastic Artists and Where to Find Them
    • There are many places to find artists online, but don’t forget, you can find local artists at UIUC, Parkland, and CUDO
    • When working with artists (or anyone really) be polite and value their time
    • Have a good idea what your art needs are for your game
    • If you want a specific style or look, say so! Using reference images is encouraged!
    • Communication and respect are key
  • Ben Moy: How to Have an Online Presence in the Board Game World
    • Try lots of different social media platforms, but then stick to those that work best for your style
    • Like stuff, post comment to others, get involved in discussions, but be polite!
    • Make friends with cool folks in the industry people! That’s the whole point!
    • Don’t overwhelm yourself though, make a schedule that works for you and stick to it

 

Upcoming Events

Beers & Board Games – Saturday, March 9th

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

CUDO Plays has joined forces with Cafeteria & Company to help them run 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

 

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 Bandido.

A prisoner is trying to escape through tunnels beneath the jail! Block off the tunnels before the cards run out in this co-op game for the whole family.