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: Picturesque Books

Stack Overflow

Today’s Stack Overflow is all about fantastic artwork: these are ones that my kids and I picked because they’re not just picture books—they’re picturesque books. 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.

Shadowrun: Crossfire Virtual Run

Shadowrun-Crossfire-featured

Shadowrun: Crossfire, a cooperative deck-building game set in the Shadowrun universe, is currently on a ship headed toward the US and should be in stores by the end of August. But here’s your chance to win an early copy that Catalyst Game Labs has sitting in their office now. 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.

Upgrade Your Gaming Table

Quiver Gaming Gear Mat

I’ve recently gotten to try out two types of gaming mats—the GripMat and the Quiver Gaming Mat. They have different strengths and can be very useful for certain types of 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.

Help Kickstart Monster Factory’s Mythicals

Monster Factory Mythicals

Monster Factory makes adorable plush creatures, with quirky looks and personalities to match. Today they’re launching a Kickstarter project to start a new line: The Mythicals. 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 #4: Gene Yang and Sonny Liew on The Shadow Hero

SonnyLiew GeneYang

Today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm is a double interview with Gene Yang and Sonny Liew, author and illustrator (respectively) of The Shadow Hero, a new comic book just out this month from First Second Books. It’s a new origin story for an obscure WWII-era superhero named the Green Turtle, created by a Chinese-American artist. If the rumors are true, the Green Turtle is the first Asian-American superhero. 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: Ride the Waves in Island Surf

Island Surf

Aloha! If you like dexterity games, here’s a game concept I haven’t seen before: surfing. In Island Surf, be the first to complete three laps around and through the islands, but don’t lose your balance! No wetsuits required. 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: Pictures in Pictures

Stack Overflow

My middle daughter really loves hidden pictures, so Where’s Waldo? is a big hit, and so are other books that involved very detailed pictures. Her favorite part of Highlights magazine has always been the hidden pictures section. Here are several picture books that let her get lost in the images. 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: ABCs and 123s

A Is For Awesome

Today I’ve got a few books about ABCs and 123s. Now, my two older daughters are past the stage where they need alphabet books, but some books are just fun enough that you want to keep them around. Plus, my one-year-old needs to start working on reading soon, right? 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.

Visiting the Set of The Boxtrolls

Boxtrolls

Back in April, I had the chance to visit LAIKA’s studios to get an up-close look at the making of The Boxtrolls, their upcoming film. 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.

Valley of the Kings: A Minimalist Deck-Building Game

Valley of the Kings setup

I love the deck-building mechanic. I know some people have gotten tired of it, but I really enjoy seeing the variations on the theme that people have come up with. Tom Cleaver’s Valley of the Kings is a particularly fascinating example of the genre—it involves the least building that I’ve seen in a deck-builder. 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: Serpent Stones

Serpent Stones cover

Table for Two is a series focusing on two-player tabletop games. 600 years ago, Aztecs played a game using arrowheads, forming long serpents to strike the opponent. At least, that’s the story. Now, you can play a game inspired by itzlcoatl—Serpent Stones. 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.

Dead Panic: Fight Zombies … or Become One

Dead Panic

On reflection, it probably wasn’t a great idea to spend a weekend in an abandoned hunting cabin with a cop, a convict, and a priest. Talk about awkward conversations. And that was before the zombies started showing up. In Dead Panic, you’ll try to hold off the zombies long enough to assemble a radio so you can call for rescuers. 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.

Euphoria Game Trayz Available for Pre-Order

Game Trayz

Game Trayz help you keep your game components neat and organized! The first set was for Terra Mystica, and you can now pre-order a set for Euphoria. 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 Doubleclicks’ Dimetrodon Tour

Doubleclicks Dimetrodon Tour

In case you missed the massively successful Kickstarter project, The Doubleclicks have released their latest album, Dimetrodon, and now they’re going on tour! 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.