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.

ZOMG! Zombies Invade Gen Con

Run Fight or Die

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for zombies. But, hey, apparently so are lots of other gamers. There are tons of zombie-themed games (Last Night on Earth was one of my first and still one of my favorites) and more coming all the time. Here are just a few that I saw at Gen Con this year that I think are worth mentioning. Continue reading

Having Fun at the PDX Mini Maker Faire

Mini Maker Faire Portland

Portland’s third Mini Maker Faire was held at OMSI last weekend, and it was an impressive show. I was only able to go on Sunday this year, but I could tell from the difficulty finding parking that it was well-attended. According to OMSI, attendance was 6,700 and there were about 115 Makers exhibiting. 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.

A Sneak Peek at UpWorks

UpWorks logo

Here’s an early look at a cool upcoming project. Jeff Martin just launched a preview site for UpWorks, a three-dimensional terrain system for RPG players. I got to take an early look at it last night, and over the coming weeks it will have a lot more information added. 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: Bomb Squad

Bomb Squad

The clock is ticking—time is short, and lives are at stake. Your team must navigate the robot to defuse the bombs and free the hostages—but everyone is working with limited intel. Welcome to Bomb Squad, a new board game currently 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.

Moleskine myCloud Backpack: Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

Moleskine Bag

I’ve been using the same messenger bag for years now, with a larger backpack for things like conventions. For my trip to Gen Con this year, I got to try a new bag: the Moleskine myCloud backpack. 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: #LOL

I Work at a Public Library/Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores

Since Kickstarter launched a #LOL hashtag this week, I’ve got humor on my mind: in particular, funny books and books about humor. Here’s a stack of books (some old, some new) that have made me (or 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.

VTech VM333 Video Monitor: Watching Baby While Watching TV

Vtech VM333 and TV

The VM333 video monitor from Vtech, our sponsor this month, is handy when I want to watch a little TV while the baby’s napping. 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.

Paizo’s Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild

Pathfinder ACG

The first event I went to at Gen Con this year was the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Although I’d played a prototype demo at GameStorm earlier this year, I was excited to see the finished product. I also wanted to check out Paizo’s new Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild. 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: King Down Sets the Stage for Chess

KingDown-banner

Last weekend I talked about a few variants on chess that play around with the basic rules of chess. King Down is a new game, just launched on Kickstarter, which takes a slightly different approach: it’s billing itself as a prequel to chess. Although there are some familiar pieces with familiar moves, King Down is really its own game with new objectives and a very different feel. And it doesn’t hurt that it looks spectacular. 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.

Protect Your Kids With the Jolt Concussion Sensor

Jolt Sensor details

My daughters play roller derby, which means they’re at risk of concussions. The thing about concussions is that it’s not always obvious: they don’t occur only when somebody has been knocked unconscious. The Jolt Sensor, now on Kickstarter, aims to make potential concussions easier to detect. 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.

Playing Games With the VTech VM333 Video Monitor

VTech VM333 with Pathfinder ACG

Here’s a great way to use the VM333 video monitor from VTech, our sponsor 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.

GeekDad Exclusive: Book Trailer for The Infinite Sea

The Infinite Sea

Rick Yancey’s novel The 5th Wave put a new spin on alien invasion. The sequel, The Infinite Sea, releases next week. I’ll have to wait just a little longer to tell you more, but for now I’ll leave you with the new book trailer. 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: Finding Hope in New Salem

New-Salem-featured

Salem is, as everyone knows, overrun with witches. So you, fine upstanding citizens that you are, have decided the best solution is to leave and found a new town named, naturally, New Salem. Players try to build their town free from the despair caused by witches. The bad news? Some witches might be hiding in your midst. 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.