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.

Paper Cut: Replacing Paper With the Boogie Board

Boogie Boards

We use a lot of scrap paper: my wife writes notes for the kids before she leaves for work in the morning; I’ll grab paper to jot down a correct spelling or help my kids work out a math problem; my kids doodle constantly and their drawings accumulate around the house like fallen leaves, eventually to be scooped up and tossed into the recycling bin. While I doubt I’ll ever be a totally paperless house, the Boogie Board can replace at least some of those uses. 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.

Today’s ‘TableTop’ Episode Is ‘Legendary’

TableTop Legendary

Today’s episode of TableTop is about one of my favorite games: Legendary, a cooperative deck-building game set in the Marvel universe. It features Allie Brosh, Mark Fischbach, and Brea Grant along with host Wil Wheaton as they take on the Red Skull and his nefarious scheme. 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.

Pirates and Sharks in the ‘Pathfinder Adventure Card Game’

Pathfinder S&S minis

I’ve been playing the ‘Pathfinder Adventure Card Game’ since September 2013, and it’s still at the top of my list. Here’s a closer look at ‘Skull & Shackles,’ the second set. 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.

‘Nevermore': Hate-Drafting at Its Finest

Nevermore

There’s an art to drafting—obviously you hope to keep whatever’s best for you, but sometimes it’s worth keeping something just because you know your opponent really needs it. That’s called “hate drafting,” and it really shines in ‘Nevermore.’ 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: ‘Hocus’ Puts a Magical Spin on Poker

Hocus-featured

‘Hocus’ is like poker for wizards: you’re still going for the best 5-card hand, but there are multiple communities, multiple pots to win, and some crazy spells flying around. 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.

Giveaway: Minions in Your Cereal Box!

Minions General Mills

Everyone’s favorite yellow weirdos are coming back this summer for their own movie, and General Mills is giving you a chance to win! 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: Timing Is Everything in ‘Loop, Inc.’

LoopInc-featured

Working at a time travel agency isn’t always glamorous, but it has its perks. At the end of the day, if you didn’t hit your numbers, you can just go back and do it again. And at the end of the day, if you didn’t hit your numbers, you can just go back and do it again. And at the end of the day … Welcome to ‘Loop, Inc.’ 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.

Enter to Win This Huge Game Giveaway

Games Giveaway

Mirror Box Games, Knapsack Games, Outer Limits Games, and Gorilla Games have partnered up for a big tabletop game giveaway! 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 Day Gaming Recap

GeekDads at Mox

My Father’s Day weekend in Seattle included board games at Mox Boarding House and visiting a few game studios. 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 Return of ‘Inspector Gadget’

Inspector Gadget

‘Inspector Gadget’ is back—in a new series on Netflix. I introduced my kids to the original, and then watched a bit of the new series to see how it compares. 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 Kingdoms: Heroes’ Call’

TEK-HeroesCall-featured

Gamelyn Games started its ‘Tiny Epic’ series of games by Scott Almes just a year and a half ago, and it has already funded three different games. Now Almes and Gamelyn are revisiting the world of ‘Tiny Epic Kingdoms’ with an expansion: ‘Heroes’ Call.’ 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: Game On

Stack Overflow Game On

Insert quarter, press start! Today’s Stack Overflow is all about videogames—they’ve long since left behind their humble beginnings and are now a multi-billion dollar industry with opening weekends that leave movies in the dust. So it’s no wonder they inspire a lot of writing. 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

Monster Truck Mayhem

I’ve got several Kickstarter boardgame reviews I’m working on (and plenty more coming this summer), but here are a couple projects that tabletop fans may enjoy, but that I didn’t get a chance to play prior to launch. 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.

HTC’s RE Camera: Photography in the Palm of Your Hand

RECamera-featured

Despite the fact that I’ve finally got a smartphone, I still usually use a standalone digital camera—it takes nice photos, though it’s a bit large for my pocket. The RE Camera is an interesting portable alternative. 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.

‘Battle Sheep': Not Baaaad at All

BattleSheep

Sheep just want one thing: a little patch of grass to call their own. So they’re spreading out and claiming territory, but it’s a small pasture and it’s getting crowded. Maneuver your flock into position—it’s time for ‘Battle Sheep’! 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.

Come Celebrate GeekDad’s Day in Seattle!

GeekDad Day

How are you celebrating Father’s Day this year? If you’re in the Seattle area, come celebrate with a couple of GeekDads by playing board 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.

Plunder the ‘King’s Gold’

King's Gold

Yo ho ho! Everyone knows that pirates love gold, and the only thing better than raiding merchant ships for it is stealing from other pirates. Or, if you’re really daring, you might even steal some from the Pirate King himself. It’s time to go after the ‘King’s Gold.’ 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: ‘Apotheca’

Apotheca

The Apothecaries have invited you, the apprentices, to join their secret potion society. Stash ingredients in the marketplace, and use apothecaries you’ve recruited to manipulate the ingredients. Be the first to craft three potions, and you’ll gain entry to ‘Apotheca.’ 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 #12: Exploring the ‘Realms’ of Tony DiTerlizzi’s Imagination

Bounded Enthusiasm Podcast Logo

Today’s Bounded Enthusiasm episode is an interview with Tony DiTerlizzi, one of my favorite author-illustrators and a semi-regular guest on the podcast. We talk about his new book of RPG art and his upcoming picture book with Mo Willems. 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: ‘Monstrous’

Monstrous

Do you ever get so mad that you want to just throw your cards across the table? I’ve got just the game for you: ‘Monstrous.’ You get to play as a wrathful Greek god, throwing your mythical beasts down at those puny mortals below. 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.

Bristol-Liu Con 2015 Recap

Bristol-Liu Con 2015

Today I’ve got a recap of Bristol-Liu Con 2015, which took place last week in Portland, Oregon. You probably hadn’t heard about it—it’s a brand-new event and attendance was fairly limited. But there were lots of games involved. 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: ‘Cosmic Kaboom’

Cosmic Kaboom

The thing about interstellar travel is that it always seems to lead to war—in this case, four factions have discovered how to make a giant, planet-destroying bomb (not a Death Star) and are using it to attack each other. Time to brush off your flicking skills and cause a ‘Cosmic Kaboom.’ 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.

Crawl Your Way to the Top of the ‘Crab Stack’

Crab Stack

The tide’s coming in, and the crabs are seeking higher ground–or, rather, other crabs to climb on top of. In ‘Crab Stack,’ you have to stick together or get wiped away by the waves! 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.

Lose Yourself in Tony DiTerlizzi’s ‘Realms’

Realms DiTerlizzi

Tony DiTerlizzi is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and author–his ‘WondLa’ trilogy is a favorite in my household, and we’ve got several of his pictures books as well. But before ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles,’ before his Caldecott Honor for ‘The Spider and the Fly,’ DiTerlizzi was a geeky kid who loved playing ‘Dungeons & Dragons.’ 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 the Village in ‘Samurai Spirit’

Samurai Spirit

The village is under attack from raiding bandits, with seven samurai as their only defense. You are few, but if things get desperate, each of you has the power to unleash your beastly ‘Samurai Spirit.’ 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 Worth Seeing

StackOverflow-Pictures

I’ve always loved picture books, even during the long period when I was “too old” for them myself but didn’t have kids of my own. Here’s a list of some recent books that I found notable particularly for their illustrations. 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.

“Space Weird Thing” David Bowie Parody by Marian Call and Molly Lewis

Space Weird Thing

Marian Call and Molly Lewis perform this bizarre take on David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” reworking the lyrics to contain only the thousand most common words in English. 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 Titan Series Closes in on Stretch Goals

Calliope Games: Titans of Gaming

With just a couple days left to go in the Kickstarter campaign, Calliope Games is closing in on the first of its stretch goals for the Titan Series: a game designed by James Ernest. 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.

Geeky Music: The PDX Broadsides ‘Aim to Misbehave’

The PDX Broadsides

If you like geeky music, here’s another band to add to your list: The PDX Broadsides. Their latest album, ‘Aim to Misbehave,’ releases today. 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.

‘Double Feature': A Party Game for Movie Fans

Double Feature

Quick: can you name a comedy that involves time travel or a countdown? How about a kids’ movie or family movie in which a character changes identity? If so, then you’re ready to play ‘Double Feature.’ 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.