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. I can be reached at jonathan at geekdad dot com.

Kickstarter Tabletop Roundup: Future Gift-Shopping

As you prepare for your (small, safe) Thanksgiving dinner this week, here's another batch of tabletop projects on Kickstarter to…

November 24, 2020

Stack Overflow: Up Close

This week we're looking at some books that bring you up close and personal with their subjects, whether through photography…

November 23, 2020

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Get Cozy With ‘Creature Comforts’

Get ready for winter! Gather resources and make your den as cozy as possible by filling it with 'Creature Comforts.'

November 19, 2020

Build Up Your Garden in ‘Miyabi’

Plan carefully to build a terraced Japanese garden in 'Miyabi.'

November 18, 2020

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Macaron’ Is a Sweet Treat

Prepare your boxes of patisseries for King Louis' birthday. Royal flavors are preferred, and make sure you avoid allergens!

November 17, 2020

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Peacocks Parade in ‘Enchanted Plumes’

Get ready to strut your stuff! Help the peacocks show off their colorful tail feathers in 'Enchanted Plumes.'

November 17, 2020

Stack Overflow: Pulling Back the Curtain

Last week I shared several big books about other worlds. This week, we're taking a peek behind the curtain: how…

November 16, 2020

Kickstarter Tabletop Roundup: Robots, Aliens, Wizards, and More!

Today I've got a roundup of several cool tabletop games (and a few accessories) that are currently on Kickstarter, plus…

November 12, 2020

Stack Overflow: Windows to the World

Books let us peer into other worlds and see things we normally can't see: faraway places, microscopic details, peeks behind…

November 9, 2020

Portland Book Festival Begins Today Online!

This year's Portland Book Festival will be a bit different: it's mostly free, it's two weeks long, and it's online!

November 5, 2020

Fun with Physics: BoomTrix Marble Trampolines

Explore physics—and have a lot of fun doing it—with BoomTrix marble trampolines!

November 4, 2020

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Llamas Deliver in ‘P’achakuna’

Travel across the Andes with your trusty llamas to deliver wool and colorful dyes to the villages.

November 2, 2020

You’re Invited to the ‘Clank! Adventuring Party’

The ranks of thieves are growing—now up to 6 players can join in on the fun of 'Clank!'

October 31, 2020

Reaping the Rewards: ‘Sorcerer City’

'Sorcerer City' is rebuilt every year, with rival wizard architects competing for prestige. Can you outbuild your opponents and work…

October 29, 2020

Reaping the Rewards: ‘Dale of Merchants Collection’

It's time for the Greatest Exhibition in the World, and animalfolks from all over Daimyria are competing to be the Director.…

October 28, 2020

Kickstarter Tabletop Roundup

It was a big weekend in tabletop games, with Essen Spiel and a few other smaller conventions. In the meantime,…

October 27, 2020

Reaping the Rewards: ‘Fantastic Factories’

Time to get to work! Create the best pipeline to manufacture goods, and you're headed for success. Train up your…

October 26, 2020

‘The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine’—A Tricky Journey

Join 'The Crew' and search for a hypothesized ninth planet in our solar system. There are a lot of tasks to…

October 25, 2020

Cook Up ‘Something Wicked’

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble—can you cook up 'Something Wicked' before the other witches?

October 24, 2020

13 Monstrously Fun Games for Halloween

October is here, and you know what that means: time to break out the monsters, ghosts, and ghouls at game…

October 22, 2020

Reaping the Rewards: ‘Tiny Epic Dinosaurs’

Put on your work boots and make sure your health insurance is paid up, because we're headed to the dinosaur…

October 21, 2020

Save the World (Again) in ‘Pandemic: Hot Zone—North America’

You may not like how North America is currently faring against COVID-19, but at least you can control how it…

October 17, 2020

‘The Search for Planet X’: A Deep-Space Mystery

Scientists believe there's another planet out there in our solar system, but it can't be detected directly. You must use…

October 14, 2020

Stack Overflow: Not Really Ready for Halloween

As far as scary stories go, it's kind of hard to top the 2020 news cycle, right?

October 12, 2020

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Pocket Paragons’

'Pocket Paragons' is a quick, portable 2-player duel.

October 12, 2020

‘Flash 8’: A Twist on the Classic Sliding-Tile Puzzle

Slide your electrons into place before your opponents in 'Flash 8'!

October 8, 2020

Get Lost ‘Inside Ze Cube’

Sometimes the way to deal with feeling like you've been trapped in a box for a few months is ...…

October 7, 2020

Kickstarter Tabletop Roundup: New Trips to Favorite Worlds

It's another packed week of Kickstarter campaigns!

October 7, 2020

Build Your Legacy in ‘My City’

Build and develop your city, from its beginnings through industrialization, in this legacy-style game.

October 6, 2020

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