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.

Giveaway Winners: Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway for the Kingdom of Dreams and Madness DVD! Our two randomly selected winners were Joshua G. from Texas and Kevin K. from Hawaii. Enjoy! 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: Recent Reads

Stack Overflow

I had all these grand plans to write a weekly column starting this year about the books I’m reading. Then January happened. 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.

Giocomics: A Webcomic for Gamers

Giocomics

If you love tabletop games, here’s a webcomic worth checking out: Giocomics. Created by Alan D’Amico and Stefano Castelli, Giocomics runs on the Italian website Gionomicon, but is now available in an English translation as well. 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 Fail: Similac Ad Has a Bad Aftertaste

Similac

Well, here’s another example of bad dadvertising, this time from Similac, makers of baby formula. It seems great at first, but the aftertaste is terrible. 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 Game Crafter’s Crowd Sales: A New Take on Crowdfunding

The Game Crafter logo

If you are (or would like to be) a board game designer, there’s a really great website with a green logo that you should be aware of. And, no, I’m not talking about 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.

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Good Cop Bad Cop: Bombers and Traitors

Good Cop Bad Cop: Bombers and Traitors

Good Cop Bad Cop, a hidden role game about honest and crooked cops, is getting its first expansion: Bombers and Traitors. 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.

Studio Ghibli Up Close: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Studio Ghibli is the Japanese animation studio, founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, behind movies like My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Arrietty (among many others). A new documentary, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Studio Ghibli. Here’s your chance to win a copy of the film on DVD. 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.

Reaping the Rewards: A Year of Kickstarter Tabletop Games

Here are, as far as I can recall, all of the tabletop games I acquired in 2014 that were funded on Kickstarter. Photo: Jonathan H. Liu

Here’s a quick run-down of the Kickstarter-funded board games that I actually received in 2014. Some of them I’ve opened and played; some I’ve opened and looked at all the shiny bits; and some, sadly, are still in shrink wrap, waiting for the day when I don’t have a long queue of new prototypes to review. 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 (Kids): Puzzle Battle

Puzzle Battle components

Table for Two is a series focusing two-player games. Today’s topic is Puzzle Battle, a puzzle-based game for kids from 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.

Jim Kay Reimagines Harry Potter

Hermione Granger by Jim Kay

Harry Potter fans, start saving up your pennies! Starting this fall, Scholastic and Bloomsbury UK will be publishing a new deluxe hardcover edition of the Harry Potter series, with new illustrations by Jim Kay. Four new images were released earlier this week. 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: The Titans of Gaming

Calliope Games: Titans of Gaming

Last summer at Gen Con, Ray Wehrs of Calliope Games made a big announcement about an upcoming project, which will be launching later this 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.

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: The Kingswood

The Kingswood

“A fantastic treasure has been found at the heart of The Kingswood.” Which, of course, means that you’re all competing for it. The Kingswood is a tile-laying game about building new roads (and paving over old ones) to connect your forts to the most valuable gates. 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.

New Game Trayz: Brew Crafters and Eclipse

Brewcrafter Game Trayz

When I got my Kickstarter-backed copy of Brew Crafters from Dice Hate Me Games, the first thing I thought was, wow, this box must have a couple bottles of beer in it. It’s that heavy—filled with several sheets of cardboard to punch out … and no box insert. Game Trayz to the rescue! 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: Tiny Epic Galaxies

Tiny Epic Galaxies

Last year Gamelyn Games took Kickstarter by storm with its first “Tiny Epic” game, Tiny Epic Kingdoms. This pocket-sized, fantasy-themed 4X game raised $286k on a $15k goal—fans loved all the stretch goals, and by the end of the campaign the $16 was an incredible value. Lightning struck again in July with Tiny Epic Defenders, a cooperative game (also set in the fantasy universe). Today, Gamelyn Games shoots for the stars with Tiny Epic Galaxies, a space-based empire-building game just launched 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.

My 2014 Tabletop Game of the Year: Eggs & Empires

Eggs & Empires

Yesterday I shared the top picks for board games of 2014 from several of us, but today’s post is just my own. My choice for 2014 Tabletop Game of the Year: Eggs & Empires. 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.

Best Board Games of 2014

Best Board Games of 2014

It’s time for one of my favorite posts each year: our Best Board Games list! 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.