About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

2014 Year-End Reflections

Pathfinder Doubleclicks

Well, as the year draws to a close, I always like to take a look back to reflect. And as my kids (and I) get older, it feels like this is happening more and more quickly each year. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Ring in the Holidays With JamBells

Jambells

Here’s a fun little web app you can try out next time you’ve got a bunch of friends with smartphones in one place: JamBells. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Explore the ‘Verse in Firefly: The Game

Firefly: The Game

I was late to the party with Firefly—by the time I watched the TV show, it had already been canceled, fans had rallied, and the followup movie Serenity had already been released. But, eventually I caught up with the rest of the world and discovered why everyone loves Mal and his crew so much. It’s kind of like that with Firefly: The Game, too. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Game Review: Manifest Is Full of Shipping, Storms, & Scoundrels

Manifest

It’s the 1920s, and shipping goods and passengers around the world is big business—but a dangerous one. In Manifest, you’ll need to find the best contracts, pick up and deliver goods, and (just maybe) engage in a little piracy from time to time. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Parable of the Polygons: Math Explains Segregation

Parable of the Polygons

Here’s a fascinating, interactive post about triangles and squares. Spoiler alert: it’s not actually about just triangles and squares. It’s about us. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Watch This: People Making Cool Things

dragon

I love watching people make art, seeing the process and watching raw materials transformed into something beautiful. Here are three videos that friends shared with me over the past week that I enjoyed watching. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Carcassonne 2.0: The Classic Tile-Laying Game Gets a New Look

Carcassonne 2

Carcassonne is one of the titles that pulled me into tabletop gaming about a decade ago. Sure, I’d always liked games as a kid and I played various board and card games, but it was Carcassonne that really hooked me. It’s the game that led me to BoardGameGeek, a huge rabbit-hole that I’m still exploring now. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Bluff or Bribe Your Way Past the Sheriff of Nottingham

Sheriff of Nottingham

You’re just a hard-working merchant trying to get your goods to market, but first you’ve got to get past the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham, who’s confiscating all the “contraband” that Prince John wants for himself. Now, how did that crossbow wind up in my shipment of bread? Really, Sheriff, I had no idea… Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

How to Raise Racist Kids

School Friends

You’d be surprised that doing many of the things parents think will avoid issues of racism in their kids may in fact reinforce them. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Grab Your Corner of the World in Imperial Settlers

Imperial Settlers Solo

Barbarians, Romans, Egyptians, and Japanese settlers are expanding their empires and competing for land. (How are they all bordering each other, you ask? Shush. Stop asking questions.) In Imperial Settlers, you’ll play as one of these groups and expand your empire. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Shadowrun Crossfire: Deck-building for Deckers

Shadowrun Crossfire

Mr. Johnson has a job for your team. Gather your runners—there’s nuyen to be earned. Shadowrun Crossfire is a cooperative deck-building game from Catalyst Game Labs, set in the cyberpunk fantasy Shadowrun RPG universe. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Geeky Gadget Roundup

Creative Soundblaster Roar

I’m kinda slow with gadget reviews—it usually takes me a while to see how well (or whether) a device fits into my life and really becomes useful. There are some devices that immediately become indispensable, and others that seem incredibly cool but just aren’t for me. And, of course, there are some duds that just don’t live up to the buzz. Here are a handful of gadgets and gizmos that I’ve gotten to try out in the past few months. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Captain’s Wager

Captain's Wager

Two words: Steampunk pirates. Airship captains are all after the same treasure—so they bet their own gold to see who has the best crew for the job. What will be your Captain’s Wager? Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Crowdfunded Gadgets Roundup

WIGL

Here are several projects (some on Kickstarter, some on Indiegogo) that I’ve discovered recently that have caught my attention. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.