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.

Gear Up for NaNoWriMo With No Plot? No Problem!

Nanowrimo-featured

In just a couple of days, NaNoWriMo starts up again for its sixteenth year. Chris Baty, the founder of NaNoWriMo, offers helpful survival tips in his newly revised No Plot? No Problem! 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: Steampunk Rally

Steampunk Rally

Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, and George Washington Carver walk into a board game… no, it’s no joke. Steampunk Rally is a game that pits these brilliant minds (along with Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, and Guglielmo Marconi) against each other in a madcap race to Bern, using contraptions built on the fly. 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.

Fun, Kid-Safe Street Art

Friendly Street Art

Aaron Zenz, who blogs at Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty, sent me this fun story about his family’s recent forays into street art. 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: Steampunk, Spies, Dragons, Dice!

Steampunk Rally

Well, it’s happened again: I’m drowning in board game prototypes and if I wait until I have time to write a proper review of each one, the Kickstarter campaigns will be over and you’ll be wondering why I never told you about them. So, without further ado, here are several Kickstarter board games currently on deck. 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.

Tragedy Looper: A Puzzle of a Game

TragedyLooper-Featured

Tragedy Looper is a game about a group of Protagonists traveling back in time to prevent a Mastermind from instigating various tragedies. Or it’s a game about a Mastermind plotting various tragedies while meddling time-travelers keep getting in the way. 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.

Support Diverse Books for Kids

We Need Diverse Books

Earlier this year, BookCon caused an uproar when their list of children’s book authors were all white—except for one grumpy cat. Pretty soon, the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag went viral on Twitter, and now you can help support diverse books through this Indiegogo campaign. 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.

Extra Life: Play Games. Heal Kids.

Extra Life logo

Tomorrow (Saturday, October 25) is Extra Life’s National Game Day: gamers from all over will be attempting to play games (videogames, tabletop games, mobile games, you name it) for 24 hours in order to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 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: The Return of Spell Saga

Spell Saga

A year ago, I wrote about a fascinating single-player “tabletop novel” called Spell Saga. It’s a card game that tells a story as you play it, and I found it very intriguing, unlike any other game I’ve played. Unfortunately, though, the Kickstarter campaign failed to meet its funding—but designer Todd Michael Rogers continued plugging away at the game anyway, promising that somehow the game would exist eventually. Well, here’s your chance. 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.

Teaser Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers Age of Ultron

There’s still a long wait until the next Avengers movie hits theaters in May 2015, but Marvel released the teaser trailer and poster yesterday for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it looks, well, marvelous. 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.

13 Tabletop Games for Halloween

KingOfTokyoHalloween

Halloween approaches, and what better way to celebrate than by breaking out a few spooky board games? Last year we shared a list of 13 games for Halloween, and this year we’ve got 13 more. 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.

An App for Your Personal Library: You Borrowed It

You Borrowed It.

I love loaning books and board games to friends. The problem, of course, is keeping track of who’s got what. You Borrowed It is a simple little app that keeps track of the things you lend out. 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: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

Lanterns-featured

It’s time for the Harvest Festival, and artisans are setting out beautiful floating lanterns in the palace lake, each trying to earn the most honor before the festival begins. Lanterns: The Harvest Festival is a tile-laying game set in imperial China, now on Kickstarter. 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: Eminent Domain: Microcosm

Eminent Domain Microcosm

Table for Two is a series about board games designed for 2 players. Today’s game is Eminent Domain: Microcosm, which boils down the essence of the deck-building game Eminent Domain into a 2-player game that plays in 10 minutes. Note: Tasty Minstrel Games decided to use one of their short Kickstarter campaigns for this one, so it’s down to the last couple days to back the project if you’re interested. 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.

Tricks and Treats: Clubs & Diamonds

Clubs and Diamonds

Trick-taking games have been around for a long time, but they’re still quite popular among card players, and new variations continue to appear. You’ve played Hearts and Spades? Let me introduce you to Clubs and Diamonds. 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 #8: Elissa Brent Weissman Takes Us Back to Nerd Camp

Nerd Camp, Elissa Brent Weissman

In today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm, I interview Elissa Brent Weissman, author of several middle-grade books about smart kids. Her latest is Nerd Camp 2.0, a sequel to her 2011 book Nerd Camp. Listen in as we talk about her inspiration for the books and parenting little nerds-in-training. 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.