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: Skip to the End

Stack Overflow - The End

Sometimes you just gotta skip to the end—the end of the world, that is. All of the books in today’s Stack Overflow are about The End. We’ve got religious end-times, magical end-times, and some skills you might need once you get there. 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.

Bad Dadvertising Spotlight: AT&T

AT&T Dadvertising

Hey, Moms! AT&T has a message for you: dads are unreliable idiots, but fortunately with a home automation system you hardly need them at all. 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.

TableTop Sets Sail With ‘Libertalia’

TableTop Libertalia

Today’s episode of ‘TableTop’ is all about pirates, as Wil Wheaton, Seth Green, Clare Grant, and Karen Gillan play ‘Libertalia.’ 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: ‘Cunning Folk’ Keeps You Guessing

Cunning Folk

The village of Ipswich is overrun with witches, both good and evil—can you expose the witches? But be careful: if you’re caught lying, the townsfolk will suspect you’re a witch, too. Here’s a clever little game for ‘Cunning Folk.’ 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.

Glowforge: From ‘Robot Turtles’ to Actual Lasers

Glowforge

Dan Shapiro created a programming-based board game for kids that involved turtles with lasers. Now he wants to sell you real lasers. 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 Titan Series Kickstarter Adds Game Design Seminar

Calliope Games: Titans of Gaming

In case you hadn’t backed the Titan Series Kickstarter from Calliope Games, here’s a little extra incentive: an online game design seminar led by Rob Daviau, James Ernest, Mike Elliot, Mike Mulvihill, and Jordan Weisman. 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: ‘4 the Birds!’

4 the Birds

It’s tough being a bird. You’re just trying to find a nice perch on the tree with the rest of your budgies, but you gotta watch out for those nosy crows and the cantankerous hawks, not to mention a bunch of other birdbrains who think it’s their tree. I tell ya: all this competition is ‘4 the Birds!’ 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: ‘Vikings of Dragonia’

Vikings of Dragonia

Ah, Dragonia, a land where Vikings and dragons live in harmony … well, sort of. You’ll need lots of territory if you want to rule over the ‘Vikings of Dragonia.’ 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: The Funny Pages

Stack Overflow funny books

Today’s Stack Overflow is about funny books again, because I love making my kids laugh. 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.

‘String Safari’ Is Loopy But Fun

StringSafari-cover

The wildlife reserve is filled with all sorts of animals and things are total chaos. So you, the zoologists, have been brought in to corral the animals with your handy lasso. Welcome to ‘String Safari’! 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.

Pinblock Supports GeekDad

Pinblock video

Vlad Smolyanskyy is a co-founder of Pinblock, a cool building toy that funded on Kickstarter earlier this year. He’s an enthusiastic guy, as you’d know if you followed the Kickstarter campaign, and he’s created this support video for 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.

Coming Soon: Randall Munroe’s ‘Thing Explainer’

Thing Explainer

After the success of ‘What If?,’ xkcd creator Randall Munroe is back to explain some more things to you—without using any big words. 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.

Last Day to Back ‘Apocrypha’

Apocrypha title

Well, folks, just in case you didn’t back ‘Apocrypha’ on the first day when I recommended it, here’s one more chance. The Kickstarter campaign ends today (at 2pm Eastern) and a whole slew of things has been unlocked. 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.

Help The Doubleclicks Fund Their Next Album, ‘President Snakes’

The Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks are a GeekDad favorite: these two sisters from Portland have been making geeky music since 2011, singing about dinosaurs and ‘D&D’ and cats and the internet. Help them fund their next album, ‘President Snakes’! 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: Superheroes in Print

Stack Overflow Superheroes

If you just can’t get enough of superheroes from movies, television, and board games, here’s one more place to get your fix: books. Of course, there are plenty of comic books to choose from, but I also have a soft spot for superhero prose. Here are a few of my recent reads featuring 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.

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Adventurous Storytelling With ‘The Siblings Trouble’

The Siblings Trouble

You’ve got your lucky penny in your pocket and your siblings by your side as you sneak out to the abandoned junkyard—looking for adventure, danger, mischief, or mayhem. What will you find around that pile of rusted cars? Who knows what treasures are hidden just around the bend? Play ‘The Siblings Trouble’ and find 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.

‘Legendary’ Brings Marvel Superheroes to Your Tabletop

Legendary Marvel

It’s a great time to be a Marvel fan: ‘Age of Ultron’ in theaters, ‘Daredevil’ on Netflix, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on TV. But if that’s not enough, there’s another way to get your Marvel superhero fix: the ‘Legendary’ tabletop game. 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.

‘Yamasong’ Puppet Feature Film Trailer Released

Yamasong-featured

Here’s a brief glimpse at ‘Yamasong: March of the Hollows,’ a feature-length puppet film that’s currently in the works, executive produced by Heather Henson and Toby Froud, and directed by Sam Koji Hale. 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: Hol(e)y Picture Books, Batman!

Stack Overflow Holey

There are different benefits to physical books and digital books, allowing for different types of interaction. I’m delighted with paper books that play up their physicality—with flaps, pop-ups, and holes that you can see through. Today’s Stack Overflow is all about picture books with fun, interactive elements. 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: Kickstarter Edition

Flatland-featured

Most of my Stack Overflow columns are for traditionally-published books, but today I’ve got a few of the many titles that are using Kickstarter to fund print runs. 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.

5 Questions With Kids Comic Authors: Kazu Kibuishi

5 Questions with Kazu Kibuishi

Next week, May 4–10, is Children’s Book Week. To celebrate, Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado are going on a month-long blog tour, interviewing kids comic authors. Today we’re honored to have their interview with Kazu Kibuishi. 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 #11: Steven Gould and ‘Jumper’

Jumper Series

Today’s Bounded Enthusiasm podcast is an interview with author Steven Gould. We talk about the ‘Jumper’ series, what it’s like to be a supporting character, and the recent controversy surrounding the Hugo 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.

‘The Captain Is Dead Episode 2: Adrift’

The Captain Is Dead Episode 2: Adrift

So you repaired the Jump Core and escaped the hostile alien ship—but now you’re in an asteroid field. Some aliens managed to stow away and are now sabotaging the ship’s systems, and on top of that, an asteroid has knocked the Jump Core offline. Again. Welcome to ‘The Captain Is Dead,’ Episode 2: ‘Adrift.’ 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.

Expand Your Town With ‘Machi Koro: Harbor’

MachiKoroHarbor

Your little town of Machi Koro is growing, and the citizens demand more than family restaurants and orchards. How about an airport and a harbor? Seafood? ‘Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion’ brings new establishments, landmarks, and some big changes to this excellent game. 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.

‘Smash Up’ Gets ‘Pretty Pretty’

Pretty Pretty Smash Up ponies

Just because you love smashing things up doesn’t mean you have to be ugly about it, right? The most recent ‘Smash Up’ set is ‘Pretty Pretty Smash Up,’ and it’s full of sparkles. 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.

Elissa Brent Weissman Supports GeekDad!

Nerd Camp, Elissa Brent Weissman

Elissa Brent Weissman is a children’s book author—I interviewed her for the Bounded Enthusiasm podcast last fall—and she’s a proud supporter of GeekDad! 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.