Corey Thompson

A retired veterinarian and ex-cell biologist, Corey spends his time with board games, computer history, banjo music and general useless frivolity. Corey can be found as doccabet on BGG.

Magellan Entertainment has started a Kickstarter campaign for Jackal Archipelago, a pirate themed tile laying game for 2-4 players from designer Dmitry Kibkalo and artist Tatiana Maifat (Nefarious). In Jackal Archpelago, player move their 3 pirates across an unexplored island made up of face down tiles, exploring and trying to find the Jackals hidden treasure. Their sailors can collect loot, fight enemy players, confront wild bears, and use their newfound loot to gain unique abilities. Players can even use their custom crew in future games. Jackal Archipelago is a fast paced tactical reimplementation of the best-selling Russian game Jackal, with a gentle learning curve. The Kickstarter campaign comes with 66 terrain tiles, boat tiles, wooden pirate, missionary and bear tokens, Coins, Messages in a Bottle, Ability Cards and Stickers.

The Jackal Archipelago Kickstarter continues through March 11, 2017, is available on Tabletopia now, and is due to deliver to backers July 2017.

Tuesday Knights Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for the first expansion to their popular game Two Rooms and a Boom, Necroboomicon. The original Two Rooms and a Boom was a popular large group (6-30 players) social game, with the unique mechanism of splitting the group into two rooms with limited communication. Two Rooms and a Boom: Necroboomicon, which was described as  “Hard Mode” for Two Rooms and a Boom, adds lovecraftian characters, increased tension and special rules for smaller groups of players. The Kickstarter offers special foil card versions of the expansion, as well as a way to purchase the original Two Rooms and a Boom. The campaign is slated to continue through February 28, 2017.

Two Rooms and a Boom: Necroboomicon is due to deliver May 2017.

The UK Games Expo has announced national tournaments for Catan, Carcassonne, Pandemic, Splendor and 7 Wonders to be held at the popular convention June 2-4, 2017. Additionally, Agricola Regional Championships, Ticket to Ride and Mage Wars Arena National Championships, as well as the Hey Thats My Fish Galactic Tournament are returning. The list of events for the UK Games Expo can be found here, and includes information on how to sign up.

Mayday Games and Lifestyle Boardgames have started a Kickstarter Campaign for Macroscope, a2-6 player image deduction game. Macroscope features a unique cardboard apparatus which allows the players to see small pieces of an image card. The players try to be first to guess the image, and players who guess with fewer windows gain greater rewards. Macroscope comes with 400 image cards, giving great replayability, and the Kickstarter Campaign will be open until February 27, 2017.

Macroscope is expected to deliver to backers in September 2017. You can see the Kickstarter Campaign for Macroscope here.

Steve Jackson Games has introduced the new game in the Munchkin universe, Munchkin Shakespeare, as a Kickstarter Campaign. Featuring the classic Munchkin humor (with a decidedly Shakespearian edge towards wordplay and puns) and art by John Kovalic, the new game contains 130 cards, and includes an option to buy an additional 30 card expansion. The Kickstarter Campaign  continues until March 10, 2017, and contains the expected gamut of stretch goals and add-ons.

Munchkin Shakespeare is expected to deliver in September 2017, and you can view the campaign here.

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has announced the latest iteration of Love Letter, Lovecraft Letter, featuring excellent art by Vincent Dutrait and Kouji Ogata. There are no princesses in this Cthulhu Mythos inspired game – instead you are trying to eliminate your rivals and understand the cosmic horrors that exist just outside our “reality”. Watch as madness consumes your enemies, or take the initiative and remove them yourself.

Read more about Lovecraft Letter here.

The Scientific Journal JAMA Neurology recently published an article in which increased mental stimulation later in life was shown to correlate with a decrease in the risk for cognitive impairment. The authors specifically looked at playing games as a way to prevent mild cognitive impairment, such as dementia, after age 70. The study further looked at people who carried the Apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 genotype, known to be associated with increased risk of dementia. Individuals who carried APOE ε4 still benefited from playing games. The study also looked at the influence of reading, playing computer games and crafting, all of which helped to lessen the risk of cognitive impairment.

The article can be read in its entirety here.


Quixotic Games has started a Kickstarter campaign for Dungeon Alliance, a new competitive deck-building game from the prolific game designer Andrew Parks. Parks has previously worked on such popular games as Attack Wing, Star Trek Frontiers, and the new D&D game Assault of the Giants. In Dungeon Alliance, up to 4 players each lead a party of 4 heroes into a random dungeon, fighting monsters, gaining experience, and collecting loot. Experience can then be used to buy new upgrade cards for one’s deck. In addition, after a player moves his heroes, each opponent then gets an opportunity to move one monster to hopefully thwart the competing hero’s progress. The Kickstarter campaign comes with 17 hero miniatures, plenty of dungeon tiles, upgrade cards and tokens. In addition to a plethora of stretch goals, Dungeon Alliance has rules for PvP, solo, and cooperative play, and even comes with an option for fully painted hero miniatures.

The Kickstarter campaign for Dungeon Alliance continues until March 1, 2017, is expected to deliver September 2017, and can be checked out here.

Chara Games, the publisher behind the successful Kickstarter game Commissioned,  has started a new Kickstarter Campaign for UNAUTHORIZED, a 6-12 player social deduction game about the struggle between a totalitarian state and an underground rebellion church. In UNAUTHORIZED, players start with a secret role card affiliating them with the State or the Church, and through a series of rounds collect experience cards. These cards reflect events in their life which can push the player and others towards or away from one of the factions. After 4 rounds of 3 phases each, the Chuch wins if it has the majority of followers, as long as none of them are in jail, otherwise the State wins. UNAUTHORIZED comes with 12 Role and 97 Experience Cards, and is expected to deliver in November 2017.

The Kickstarter Campaign for UNAUTHORIZED can be seen here.

August Games announced the kickstarter project Dragon Brew, from designer Daniel George (Order Up, Road Kill Rally) and Artist Mac Hillier. In Dragon’s Brew, players enter the fantasy world of Brumancia, where war and conflict have been replaced by competitive beer making. Dragon Brew is a medium weight euro game in which players use worker placement and card drafting to build estates, harvest grain, quest for ingredients and try to brew the best fantastical custom beers. The winner is the player to amass the most victory points after three years of brewing. The game comes with over 200 wooden pieces, more than 300 cards, tokens, coins and a huge variety of stretch goals.

The Kickstarter project continues until March 3, 2017 and can be seen here.