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.

13 Tabletop Games for Halloween

Halloween approaches, and what better way to celebrate than by breaking out a few spooky board games? Last year we shared a list of 13 games for Halloween, and this year we’ve got 13 more. 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.

An App for Your Personal Library: You Borrowed It

You Borrowed It.

I love loaning books and board games to friends. The problem, of course, is keeping track of who’s got what. You Borrowed It is a simple little app that keeps track of the things you lend out. 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: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

Lanterns-featured

It’s time for the Harvest Festival, and artisans are setting out beautiful floating lanterns in the palace lake, each trying to earn the most honor before the festival begins. Lanterns: The Harvest Festival is a tile-laying game set in imperial China, now 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.

Table for Two: Eminent Domain: Microcosm

Eminent Domain Microcosm

Table for Two is a series about board games designed for 2 players. Today’s game is Eminent Domain: Microcosm, which boils down the essence of the deck-building game Eminent Domain into a 2-player game that plays in 10 minutes. Note: Tasty Minstrel Games decided to use one of their short Kickstarter campaigns for this one, so it’s down to the last couple days to back the project if you’re interested. 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.

Tricks and Treats: Clubs & Diamonds

Clubs and Diamonds

Trick-taking games have been around for a long time, but they’re still quite popular among card players, and new variations continue to appear. You’ve played Hearts and Spades? Let me introduce you to Clubs and Diamonds. 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 #8: Elissa Brent Weissman Takes Us Back to Nerd Camp

Nerd Camp, Elissa Brent Weissman

In today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm, I interview Elissa Brent Weissman, author of several middle-grade books about smart kids. Her latest is Nerd Camp 2.0, a sequel to her 2011 book Nerd Camp. Listen in as we talk about her inspiration for the books and parenting little nerds-in-training. 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.

This Thursday: Social Media Blackout Day

Social Media Blackout

Knock Knock, purveyor of fine paper goods (like funny checklists) and oddities (like Clump-o-Lumps) has declared this Thursday, October 16, the first ever Social Media Blackout Day. 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: Concept Art

Star Wars Boba Fett

I love concept art books. Pulling back the curtain on how a film was made—whether that’s the costumes or props or animation techniques—always fascinates me, even in cases where I didn’t think the film itself was great. For movies I enjoyed, though, these glimpses behind the scenes are even better. Here’s a list of several concept art books that I’ve enjoyed poring over lately. 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.

Happy Star Wars Reads Day!

YodaReads

Tomorrow (Saturday, October 11) is the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, with events going on all over the world. Pick up a Star Wars book and read it with your kids, or look for an event near you. Every Barnes & Nobles and Books-a-Million store nationwide will have an event, and many other libraries and independent bookstores are also hosting events. 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: Dead Drop Is a Quick Deduction Game

Dead Drop

There’s an important piece of information out there, and everyone’s after it. It could be the most valuable MacGuffin ever. Your goal is to figure out the secret before everyone else and get to the Dead Drop. 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: Meteor!

Meteor

What do you do when a meteor swarm threatens Earth with destruction? You launch a bunch of rockets, of course! But you better be quick, because you’ve only got about five minutes before impact. Meteor is a real-time cooperative game from Mayday Games that’s very challenging and very quick to play. 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 #7: Tony DiTerlizzi, Ralph McQuarrie, & Star Wars

Tony DiTerlizzi, Star Wars cover

Today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm is an interview with Tony DiTerlizzi. He’s an author and illustrator of many books for kids, including one of my family’s favorites, the WondLa series, and I’ve actually interviewed him a couple of times before. Today we’re talking about his new book, a picture book about Star Wars featuring paintings by the late great Ralph McQuarrie. 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.

Lemony Snicket’s You Choose the Mystery

Lemony Snicket's You Choose the Mystery

To promote the latest book in his All the Wrong Questions series, Lemony Snicket serves up a choose-your-own-adventure video mystery. 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.

New Trailer Released for Pixar’s Inside Out

Inside Out Pixar

A new trailer was released today for Pixar’s upcoming film, Inside Out. There’s still a long wait before the movie comes out next June, but it’s the first public look at the emotions living in Riley’s head. 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: Strife: Legacy of the Eternals

Strife

Table for Two is a series focusing on two-player games. Today’s game is Strife: Legacy of the Eternals, a compact card game about battling for control of locations using your team of Champions. It has great artwork, surprising strategic depth, and perfect information. 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: Chroma Cubes Is a Competitive Coloring Game

Chroma Cubes

Yep, you read that right. Competitive coloring. With dice, even. Chroma Cubes is a cute-looking game by Charles Beauvais that’s been making a splash at conventions. Beauvais was selling sets on his own, but got picked up by 5th Street Games and is now on Kickstarter for a professionally-produced version. 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.