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.

Books About Bugs

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Lots of bugs are actually quite cool once you get to know them. Some Bugs celebrates the beautiful diversity in fun rhyming verse. Bugged is full of fun stories about how bugs have influenced human history. 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.

Scientifically Inaccurate Fun: Velociraptor! Cannibalism!

Velociraptor! Cannibalism!

Very few people know that velociraptors were capable of mutating in order to change their offensive and defensive abilities as well as their speed. It’s also not widely known that their diet consisted primarily of things like bunnies, baby seals, and cupcakes. The reason you didn’t know these things is, of course, that they aren’t actually true … unless you’re playing Velociraptor! Cannibalism!, a game which trades scientific accuracy for pseudo-scientific hilarity. 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: Eggs & Empires

Eggs & Empires

The downside to writing about Kickstarter projects is that sometimes there are games that I really wish you could just go out and buy right now because I’m having so much fun playing the prototype versions. Eggs & Empires is one such 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.

The Geek’s Dilemma: Breadth vs. Depth of Interests

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About five years ago I wrote about my own “omnivore’s dilemma,” one shared by many of us in today’s rich world of experiences: how do you pick your interests? Our time is limited. Even the most efficient among us only 168 hours a 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.

GeekDad’s Crowdfunding Review Guidelines

Crowdfunding Guidelines

As you may imagine, we receive a lot of requests to promote things—websites, videos, books, gadgets, games, apps—and lately that includes crowdfunding projects. If you’re trying to get our attention about your project, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind. 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: Take Two

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I did warn you about April—I could just about give you a “Kickstarter a Day” calendar. Fellow GeekDad Dave Banks expressed some concern about the number of “Jonathan Liu just backed a Tabletop Games Project” emails he’s been getting about Kickstarter, but unfortunately Quitstarter isn’t a reality yet. Here are a few projects that are sequels—follow-ups to existing things that I like. 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: Forecasts Call for Stormy Weather

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Being a mad scientist is fun, but you gotta retire eventually. Maybe find a little village, settle down, work on your garden… Blast! Your arch-nemesis is doing the same thing. Well, if you’re going to win that Transylvania in Bloom trophy, maybe it’s time to dust off your mad skills and fire up the weather machines. Expect a bit of Stormy Weather. 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.

Pick Your Playlist for International TableTop Day

TableTop Day

Hosting an event for International TableTop Day? One of the most important questions you’ll need to answer is: what games are you going to play? For those of you looking to fill out your playlist, here are a few suggestions. 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.

Consequences of Over-Parenting

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This month’s cover story in The Atlantic is “The Overprotected Kid,” and Hanna Rosin writes about the shift from the time the Baby Boomers were kids until now: kids are rarely out of sight of their parents, nobody is allowed to talk to strangers, playgrounds have become safe but sterile. But what are the consequences of overparenting? 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.

Getting Ready for International TableTop Day

TableTop Day

Here are a few tips to help your TableTop Day event go as smoothly as possible, adapted from my How to Have a Game Night post. 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.

Trying Out Made Eyewear at Home

Made Eyewear

If you’re in the market for some chunky plastic glasses (whether you’re just going for the geek chic look or you actually need them to see), Made Eyewear is a new site that lets you get customized glasses. Like Warby Parker, Made specializes in plastic frames and offers both virtual and at-home try-on options. However, with Made you get to select frame color, change out the temples, and even get custom engraving. 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: Bullfrogs

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Life in the pond is tough. Every lily pad is hotly contested by factions of frog armies, who leap onto the battlefield to attack, or sabotage their enemies. This is the world of Bullfrogs, a quick-playing strategy game from Thunderworks Games, 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.

Coffee and Games at Uptown Espresso

Uptown Espresso

Among the many Kickstarter projects that I’ll be writing about this month, here’s one that stands out because it’s not your standard tabletop game campaign. The fundraising campaign for Uptown Espresso & Gameporium is for a game and a coffee-shop-game-store. Break From Reality Games is teaming up with Uptown Espresso, an established chain of coffee shops in Seattle, to expand their West Seattle location into a gaming hub: a coffee shop, game store, and community gaming space all rolled into one. And they’ve created a fast-paced card game about serving coffee to kick it off. 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.

Win a Copy of Lemony Snicket’s File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents

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Lemony Snicket is at it again. File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents is a collection of mysteries happening around the town of Stain’d-By-The-Sea. To celebrate the book’s release today, Little, Brown Books is providing two copies for us to give away, one print book and one audio book. 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 for Crowdfunding Addicts

Kickstarter profile

Do you spend money on things and then forget that you’ve purchased them until they arrive on your doorstep? Do you frequently pester your family, friends, and even total strangers to patronize the arts? Does your heart beat a little faster at the mention of unfinished prototypes?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you may be suffering from turbafiscitis. Fortunately, there’s a solution! 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.