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.

GameStorm 17 Recap

Gamestorm

Last weekend I attended GameStorm, a local gaming convention here in the Portland/Vancouver area. Here’s a recap of some of the games I played and a little about the experience. 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: ‘Best Treehouse Ever’

Best Treehouse Ever

Spring is almost here, and it’s time to build a treehouse. But not just any treehouse. The ‘Best Treehouse Ever.’ This simple card game from Green Couch Games will let you and your friends and family build treehouses with things like hot tubs, game rooms, and hot dog stands. 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.

Stack Overflow: More Funny Pages

MustacheBaby-Shh

This week, I’m wading through my big stacks of picture books. Today I’ll introduce you to some of the funny ones, which are always my favorites. 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.

‘The Worst Game Ever': False Advertising?

Worst Game Ever

Last summer I backed a game on Kickstarter called ‘The Worst Game Ever.’ Well, the game arrived in February and I’m formally lodging a complaint: it is, in fact, NOT the worst game ever, so maybe I need my money back? 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: ‘Tumblin’ Dice’

Tumblin' Dice

Tumblin’ Dice combines two of my favorite things: dexterity games and lots of dice. It’s a little like shuffleboard, and 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: ‘Burgle Bros.’

Burgle Bros.

Assemble your team, crack the safes, evade the guards, and get out before you’re caught. Welcome to ‘Burgle Bros.,’ a cooperative heist game by Tim Fowers. 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: ‘Seven7s’

Seven7s

I mentioned ‘Seven7s’ in my tabletop roundup earlier this week, but I wanted to take a closer look now that I’ve gotten a chance to play it. There’s only a day left in the Kickstarter campaign, so if you’re interested, you’ll need to act fast! 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.

‘Super Motherload': Now for Your Tabletop!

Super Motherload

‘Super Motherload’ is a board game inspired by the videogame of the same name. Dig deep into the surface of Mars, get precious minerals, and look for powerful artifacts! 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.

‘The Princess Who Saved Herself': Now a Picture Book!

The Princess Who Saved Herself

Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton are teaming up to print a picture book based on Coulton’s song “The Princess Who Saved Herself.” 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 Roundup: Cards, Dice, Heists. And Pandas.

Halfsies Dice

There are a lot of cool tabletop games on Kickstarter–too many for us to cover all of them in-depth, as much as we’d love to. Here are a few that have caught my attention recently, in order of campaigns ending soonest. 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.

Table for Two: ‘Wizard Dodgeball’

Wizard Dodgeball

Table for Two is a series focusing on board games designed for two players. Today’s game: ‘Wizard Dodgeball’! Draft your team, stretch your legs, and warm up your wands. You’ll need to use speed, strength, and spells to defeat the other team. 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: ‘Valeria: Card Kingdoms’

Valeria Card Kingdoms

Hordes of monsters are invading, and it’s up to you to defend the kingdom by recruiting citizens to fight. Oh, and while you’re at it, you might as well take control of a few domains, because it never hurts to have a little influence, too. Welcome to ‘Valeria: Card Kingdoms.’ 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.

Bounded Enthusiasm #10: Victoria Jamieson Is a ‘Roller Girl’

Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson

Bounded Enthusiasm is back, with a review of ‘Roller Girl’ and an interview with Victoria Jamieson. 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.

Stack Overflow: Short Stack

Fortunately, the Milk ... and Willful Child

This week’s Stack Overflow is a bit short because I’ve got several other posts I’m working on… 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: ‘Vault Wars’

Vault Wars

Heroes manage to amass a lot of incredible loot and powerful weapons on their quests, but sometimes they die, leaving behind vaults full of treasure … and junk. In ‘Vault Wars,’ you are an aspiring hero, bidding on these unclaimed vaults, hoping to go home with the most valuable haul. 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: ‘Dino Dude Ranch’

Dino Dude Ranch

So you want to run your own Jurassic Park? Here’s your chance. Run your own ‘Dino Dude Ranch,’ lure impressive specimens with the right foods, and watch out for those tar pits that are opening up everywhere. 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.

WeBundle.It Offers a Sci-Fi Bargain

WeBundle.It

WeBundle.It has a few sci-fi ebook packages, and one of them, Tales of Future Past, includes our very own GeekDad Erik Wecks. 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.

Stack Overflow: Powerful

Stack Overflow: Powerful

My reading pace was a little slower this week, and since a couple of the books I finished aren’t actually available yet, I’ll take this opportunity to catch up a little on a few books from my backlog–this week, how about superpowers? 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.

ChickTech: Supporting Women in Tech

Chick Tech

ChickTech is a non-profit that aims to put more women in tech—starting by giving high school girls the opportunity to work on technology projects. 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 Alert: Pinblocks

Pinblocks

If you and your kids like building toys, here’s a Kickstarter worth checking out: Pinblocks. The project is on its last day already, so you’ll want to act quickly. 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.

Stack Overflow: Day-Old Edition

Here dancers

Well, this week has been a bit of a doozy so although I’ve read a bit, I’m behind on my column. 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: ‘Imperial Harvest’

Imperial Harvest

Imperial Harvest is a 2-player strategy game about a great conflict: the Imperial Servants and the Northern Raiders use their abilities to maneuver through the Imperial Gardens, avoid attacks from the Hydra, and collect—wait for it—strawberries. 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.

Stack Overflow: Diversity Week

The Art of Home

My reads from last week include German teenagers with a dangerous secret, Asian-American superheroes, and an Italian-African-American girl who befriends an alien. It’s Diversity Week, apparently. 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.

‘Pacific Standard’ Profiles GeekDad Matt Blum

Matt & Muppets

Noah Davis of Pacfic Standard has an ongoing Q&A column called “What Makes You So Smart?” This week’s interview subject is our very own Matt Blum, editor-in-chief of GeekDad. If you’ve ever wondered what makes Matt tick, here’s a little peek inside his brain. 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.

Table for Two: ‘Niya’

Niya Game

Table for Two is a series about board games designed for 2 players. Today’s game is Niya, an abstract strategy game by Bruno Cathala, published by Blue Orange Games. 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.

Stack Overflow: Battling Tsundoku

Tsundoku

This week’s Stack Overflow is brought to you by tsundoku, a Japanese word that means “leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other unread books.” Sound familiar? 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.

Register for Girls Make Games Summer Camps

Girls Make Games logo

Registration is open for this year’s Girls Make Games summer camp, where girls learn how to make videogames. 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.

Dadvertising: Super Bowl Recap

MetLife Hong Kong ad

Last week I complained about the Similac ad that pulled a bait-and-switch on dads: “Hey, we’re all parents here! … And by parents, we mean moms.” But there were a couple of dad-centric ads this year during the Super Bowl, and for once dads weren’t portrayed as bumbling idiots. (Baby steps!) 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.

Stack Overflow: Awarding Rewarding Books

StackOverflow-Awards

Hey, I’m back—in less than a month, even! Today I’ll give a brief run-through of the books I’ve read this week, plus a couple other noteworthy titles. First, though, the awards! 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 Roundup

Pretense

There are plenty of board game Kickstarter projects that look intriguing to me but that I’m not able to review in full—usually because I wasn’t able to acquire a demo copy before the campaign, but sometimes simply because there are just so darn many of them. Here are a couple that have caught my eye in the past month. 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.

‘Hoyuk': Expand Your Neolithic Clan

Hoyuk logo

10,000 years ago in the region of Anatolia in what is now the Middle East, early civilizations began to take root—hunter-gatherers settled down and started farming. Clans came together and built settlements. But life was not without disasters: floods, droughts, earthquakes, and famines had sometimes devastating consequences. In Hoyuk, you play a Neolithic clan, eager to establish your family in this emerging community. 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.