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: ‘Space Movers’

Space Movers

In “Reaping the Rewards,” I take a look at a crowdfunded project in its final form. Today’s title: ‘Space Movers’ from KnA Games, funded last November. 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: The Evolution of ‘Evolution’

Evolution

In “Reaping the Rewards,” I take a look at a crowdfunded project in its final form. Today’s game: the second edition of ‘Evolution’ from North Star Games, along with the ‘Flight’ expansion. 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.

Upgrading My Sous Vide Tech

Nomiku sous vide

A few years ago I wrote about trying the “poor man’s sous vide” hack. Since then, sous vide has gained popularity, and recently I’ve tried two devices that are more precise than the cooler-and-meat-thermometer method, but still more budget-friendly than full-fledged sous vide cookers. 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.

Netflix Enters the Movie Biz

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Not content simply to stream movies and television shows, Netflix has already shown that it’s capable of producing some great series. Earlier this month, they also announced plans to start making movies, too. 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.

Crafteeo: Awesome Cardboard Armor

Crafteeo gluing

In May, we ran a giveaway for some Crafteeo cardboard armor, and I’m happy to announce that Crafteeo has now launched a Kickstarter campaign with some pretty amazing options. 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.

Flipping Out Over ‘Flip City’

Flip City

Welcome to ‘Flip City.’ It’s a small town: a convenience store, a hospital, a factory, a central park, and a few residents. But you’ve got big plans. Raise money to expand and improve your city, but watch out that you don’t make your residents too unhappy! 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: Movie Magic

The Art of Inside Out

One of my favorite things about movies is exploring how they were made. Even a mediocre film can be fascinating when you find out what went into its production, and I love getting a peek behind the curtain. Here’s a collection of books about creating movie magic. 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.

Explore the World of ‘LEGO Minifigures Online’

Lego Minifigures

‘LEGO Minifigures Online’ is an online multiplayer game that lets you explore different worlds, collect minifigures, and smash and build things. It has been in beta since October 2014 and was recently released, with versions for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. 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

Kickstarter Tabletop Roundup

Hey, things are starting to gear up for Gen Con in a couple weeks, which means you can expect there will be a whole host of tabletop-related Kickstarter projects in the works on top of the new releases. Here are a few projects currently raising funds that caught my attention. 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.

‘Marvel Contest of Champions’ — Now With More Ant-Man

Marvel Contest of Champions

‘Marvel Contest of Champions’ lets you battle as various superheroes and villains on iOS or Android. Now, there’s an Ant-Man quest, plus an exclusive movie clip. 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 Men Tell No Tales': Loot, Fire, & Undead Pirates

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Skelit’s Revenge, the most feared ship on the high seas, has finally been defeated. Now you need to loot the treasure before the ship burns down and all is lost to Davy Jones’ locker. The problem is, Captain Fromm and his skeleton crew are still wandering the ship, guarding the booty. It’s time to play ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ 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.

Quiver Gaming Gear Mats–Available for a Limited Time

Quiver Gaming Mat closeup

In case you missed the Kickstarter last summer for the Quiver Gaming Gear mat, now’s your chance to pre-order for the second printing. 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: Take on the Dungeon Boss With ‘100 Swords’

100 Swords

Armed with nothing but some boots, an awkward sword, and several crappy swords, you set off into the dungeon in hopes of slaying monsters, finding better equipment, and—just maybe—defeating the dungeon boss. Grab a friend (or an enemy) for a quick two-player session of ‘100 Swords.’ 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: Power Up

Stack Overflow

Here’s another Stack Overflow about people with powers. Some of them are superheroes … and some may be something else entirely. 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 Peek Inside ‘Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous’

PACG-Wrath

Although my ‘Pathfinder Adventure Card Game’ group is probably a couple months away from finishing ‘Skull & Shackles,’ I could help sneaking a peek at the next base set, ‘Wrath of the Righteous,’ to see what we’ve got in store. 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.

‘Tales From Deep Space': A Clever Puzzle App

Tales From Deep Space

Amazon started building its own game studio last year. One of its first games is ‘Tales From Deep Space,’ a sci-fi puzzle game about mistaken identities and a big conspiracy. 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: ‘JurassAttack!’

JurassAttack

Everyone who watched the trailer for ‘Jurassic World’ wants to be like Chris Pratt, leading a band of velociraptors on the hunt, right? Well, here’s your chance: ‘JurassAttack!’ puts you and an opponent in charge of a pack of dinosaurs for a head-to-head battle. Motorcycle not included. 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.

Some Gen Con, Some Gen Can’t

Gen Con, Gen Can't

With less than three weeks left until Gen Con, tabletop gamers are gearing up for the “best four days in gaming.” But even if you’re not in Indianapolis, there are ways you can participate! 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.

‘Splendor': Now Available for iOS and Android

Splendor on iOS

‘Splendor,’ a clever little game that won BoardGameGeek’s 2014 Game of the Year, is now available for iOS. 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

2016 Gaming Calendar

I’m working my way through several Kickstarter board game prototypes for July and August, but there are always more projects out there that look interesting that I haven’t been able to give a full review. Here are a couple tabletop projects that caught my attention. 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 New Type of Tabletop Gaming: ePawn Arena

ePawn Arena

I love the mash-up of digital and analog, particularly when it comes to games. It hasn’t always been done well, but I love to see the ways that people are experimenting to combine the fun of playing board games with the powerful capabilities of smartphones and tablets. The latest device to come across my radar is the ePawn Arena. 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: Certain Doom

Stack Overflow - doom

“Game over, man! Game over!” There are a lot of moments in stories where doom seems all but certain, and the characters are sure that the end is imminent. In some cases, they’re right (see Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) but at other times it’s simply an opportunity for an against-all-odds survival story. So, on that note, here are a bunch of stories about certain doom. Just be glad it’s not you. 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.

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.