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.

Dishes With a Little Extra: Calamityware

Pirate Plate

Don Moyer is at it again, with the fifth design in his Calamityware plate series. 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.

The Offbits Give New Life to Old Bits

Offbits

Roy Barazani is the creator behind the Offbits, a line of open-source robots that encourages you to tinker. 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: Mike Selinker Returns to ‘Apocrypha’

Apocrypha title

Today, the world finally gets a glimpse of the adventure card game that Mike Selinker and Rian Sand have been working on for four years: ‘Apocrypha.’ 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: ‘Evolution’ Expansion Takes ‘Flight’

Evolution: Flight

It’s getting crowded down here on the ground: not only are there carnivores trying to hunt you down, but there’s so much competition for plant food that it’s getting pretty scarce. Maybe it’s time to take to the skies, with ‘Evolution: Flight.’ 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: Careful, You Might Learn Something (Part 3)

Stack Overflow

I know, it’s only the middle of the week, but our stacks are really overflowing, so it’s time for another stack of non-fiction(ish) books for kids! Not all of these are strictly non-fiction, but all of them include some educational 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.

Relive ‘Chuck’ With the Original Television Soundtrack

Chuck cast

In 2007 (wow, has it been that long?), an unassuming Nerd Herd employee named Chuck Bartowski wound up with a supercomputer in his head, becoming the world’s newest (and perhaps most awkward) super-spy. If you were a fan of the show (and particularly of Jeffster), you’re in luck: the original television soundtrack is now available! 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: Keith Baker’s ‘Phoenix Dawn Command’

Phoenix Dawn Command

In ‘Phoenix: Dawn Command,’ Keith Baker’s new card-driven role-playing game, that which kills you makes you stronger. 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: ‘Champions of Hara’

Champions of Hara

The world of Hara is in danger: during the Conflux, the three primal energies that formed Hara run wild, threatening to tear it apart. You and others race to master the energies and seal the Conflux. You are the Champions of Hara. 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: ‘Knot Dice’

Knot Dice

If you love fancy, custom dice, here’s a project you won’t want to miss: ‘Knot Dice.’ 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 of the Sandwalkers’ Blog Tour by Jay Hosler

Last of the Sandwalkers

Jay Hosler is a biology professor and graphic novelist—definitely a geek dad himself. He’s on a blog tour now, with fascinating insect facts and fun beetle art on each stop. Today he’s visiting GeekDad, with a little bit more about Ma’dog, a tiger beetle. 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.

PennyGems and the New GemRack

GemRack

PennyGems are fantastic multipurpose gaming tokens, and the new GemRack is an easy way to track their use in a 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.

Stack Overflow: Spring Break

All the Wrong Questions

This past week was spring break for my kids, so between that and GameStorm the weekend before, I’ve had not much reading time (and even less writing time). But, hey, doesn’t mean I can’t tell you about a few great reads. 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.

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.