Board game design competition kicks off

Board game design competition kicks off

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Design Organization's Plays Board Game Design competition will have a kickoff event from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1310 of the University of Illinois Digital Computer Lab, 1304 W. Springfield Ave.

Sponsored by Volition and organized by CUDO, the Plays Board Game Design competition aims to bring together gamers, designers and makers who want to create high-quality board games.

During the next six months, teams will be guided through initial design, receive feedback and support at events, and be given timelines and incentives to produce games that excel in all aspects of design.

Through collaborations with outlets like the Fab Lab and Makerspace, teams will have the tools necessary to produce their games. The kickoff event will present the scope and intention of the competition and allow those interested to meet others and begin organizing teams.

Other upcoming events include a Game Design Symposium at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Champaign Public Library. It will explore the field of game design and prototype idea, with workshops and play-testing events.

The finished board games will be showcased in February at an exhibition that will be open to the entire community. Prizes will be awarded to teams that excel in different areas of design and game play.

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CUDO was founded in 2009 by local designers with the mission to cultivate a vibrant design culture here. Since its inception, CUDO has hosted many events including studio tours, movie screenings, socials, gallery shows and the popular PechaKucha Night.

Other initiatives include hands-on design workshops, design outreach efforts and the free job board that connects local creatives with the community.

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