Kickstarter Tabletop Roundup: Take Two


I did warn you about April—I could just about give you a “Kickstarter a Day” calendar. Fellow GeekDad Dave Banks expressed some concern about the number of “Jonathan Liu just backed a Tabletop Games Project” emails he’s been getting about Kickstarter, but unfortunately Quitstarter isn’t a reality yet. Here are a few projects that are sequels—follow-ups to existing things that I like. Continue reading

Table for Two: Forecasts Call for Stormy Weather


Being a mad scientist is fun, but you gotta retire eventually. Maybe find a little village, settle down, work on your garden… Blast! Your arch-nemesis is doing the same thing. Well, if you’re going to win that Transylvania in Bloom trophy, maybe it’s time to dust off your mad skills and fire up the weather machines. Expect a bit of Stormy Weather. Continue reading

Metamorphosis Alpha RPG — Collector’s Edition For Fans

MA Rulebook Cover

I’m doing my best to figure out what year it, was but it had to be 1978 or 1979. It was a Friday or Saturday night, and I had been offered a chance to ride with a friend to attend a “gaming club” that met weekly in a back room on the second floor of the Pensacola Sears store. I had absolutely NO IDEA what to expect, and I honestly figured it would be a bunch or board games set up. We arrived, walked in, and my world changed in less than an hour. Continue reading

Pick Your Playlist for International TableTop Day

TableTop Day

Hosting an event for International TableTop Day? One of the most important questions you’ll need to answer is: what games are you going to play? For those of you looking to fill out your playlist, here are a few suggestions. Continue reading

Sweet Simplicity — Playing Card Wars IRL

card wars finn jake

When I reviewed Card Wars, the latest iOS game to spring to wonderful life from the delightfully demented world of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, some of you seemed equally interested in hearing my take on the real-world equivalent. This was, of course, all the prodding I needed to beg Cryptozoic Entertainment for a copy of their already hard-to-find Finn vs. Jake Collector’s Pack. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Bullfrogs


Life in the pond is tough. Every lily pad is hotly contested by factions of frog armies, who leap onto the battlefield to attack, or sabotage their enemies. This is the world of Bullfrogs, a quick-playing strategy game from Thunderworks Games, just launched on Kickstarter. Continue reading

Coffee and Games at Uptown Espresso

Uptown Espresso

Among the many Kickstarter projects that I’ll be writing about this month, here’s one that stands out because it’s not your standard tabletop game campaign. The fundraising campaign for Uptown Espresso & Gameporium is for a game and a coffee-shop-game-store. Break From Reality Games is teaming up with Uptown Espresso, an established chain of coffee shops in Seattle, to expand their West Seattle location into a gaming hub: a coffee shop, game store, and community gaming space all rolled into one. And they’ve created a fast-paced card game about serving coffee to kick it off. Continue reading

’80s Gaming Flashback — Car Wars

Car Wars 1 2 and 3

My eyes caught it immediately on this tiny rotating shelf — it was the simple graphics, the title, and the box. So small. This little black plastic box with the words “Car Wars” on it. I picked it up, read the back of the box, and knew I’d found something great. Continue reading