CUBED Meeting: Board Game Brainstorm
Now that this Season’s games have been turned in, it’s time to start cooking up designs for next time! For this month’s CUBED meeting, attendees were given random game themes and mechanics and given some time to brainstorm game ideas incorporating the two.
Marketing Workshop – Saturday, March 2nd
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
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 Panic Lab.
Amoebas have escaped and are slithering around in all directions! Catch them fast! In this game the player-scientists have their hands full trying to figure out which amoeba to catch and where it might have oozed off to. To set up the game, shuffle the 25 cards, then lay them out in a circle. At the start of a round, one player rolls four special dice which indicate the color, shape and pattern of the amoeba being sought as well as the color of the lab it left and in which direction it was traveling. Competing at the same time, players need to find the lab, then move in the right direction to spot the amoeba. But wait! If you encounter a vent after leaving the lab, you need to skip to the next vent in the circle before continuing your search. (Amoebas prefer to travel in the dark when possible.) Plus, if an amoeba passes through one of three mutation devices in the circle, you need to alter the criteria for your search, looking for a tentacled amoeba instead of one with a tail, for example, or an orange/red amoeba instead of a blue/purple one. The first player to lay their hand on the correct card collects a token, and the first player to collect five tokens wins!