Contributor: Ambie Valdés

Boardgame Reviewer

Starting with classics like Clue and D&D with her family as a child, then modern games like Dominion and Tichu with her college friends, Ambie has always had fun playing games. After graduating college, she and her boyfriend (now husband) started building up a collection and getting more into the hobby together. Now, Ambie plays a lot of games with her husband and their friends. They enjoy games that integrate the mechanics well with the theme, which is what inspired her Strategically Thematic segment for Throat Punch Lunch. Some of Ambie's favorite games are 18xx, The Resistance: Avalon, Arkwright, Dungeon Petz, Space Alert, and Tragedy Looper.

Ambie has a lot of hobbies related to board gaming. She likes singing and has been making board game song parodies since 2014. She cohosts Board Game Blitz, a podcast (and videos) devoted to concise gaming content. She also likes making things through knitting, crocheting, sewing, or painting. You can find Ambie as 'ambierona' on most social media places.
You can contact Ambie at ambie@dicetower.com.

All Content With Ambie Valdés

May 2, 2019
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Ambie talks about what a train rush is in this video in her 18xx series.

18xx with Ambie (playlist): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOlRvTbmD6tJCzjOr2XGEwFMll79J58zv

April 25, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss 1828. We then talk about the top 100 games on BGG compared to a few years ago.

Recent Games: 0:47
BGG Top 100: 10:52
Outro: 27:59
Bloopers: 28:55

April 20, 2019
Posted by Rob Searing

Ambie, Toby, and Talbot will be playing 1849: The Game of Sicilian Railways live!

1849 is an 18xx game set in Sicily and it plays 3-5 players. Our copy of the game is from All-Aboard Games.

Rules Overview: 1:13
Start of Game: 12:30
End of Game & Discussion: 1:53:32

April 11, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Bandido and Just One. We then talk about games that make us calm and relaxed, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'calm.'

NOTE: There were some problems with Crystal's mic, so sorry for the audio.

Announcements: 0:43
Recent Games: 1:43
Chill Games: 9:27
Board Game Etymology - 'Calm': 21:56
Outro: 24:08
Bloopers: 25:04

March 28, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss 18MEX and Heroes of Land, Air & Sea. We then list off our top 5 favorite games with boring themes, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'travel.'

Announcements: 0:42
Recent Games: 4:37
Top 5 Games With Boring Themes: 12:03
Board Game Etymology - 'Travel': 28:13
Outro: 29:21
Bloopers: 30:16

March 23, 2019
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Ambie shows you her time at the first Dice Tower West in Vegas!

Day 0: 0:11
Day 1: 1:20
Day 2: 5:58
Day 3: 12:31
Day 4: 15:27

Games:
--Tokyo Highway: 1:21
--Root: 2:34
--Echidna Shuffle: 6:35
--Space Alert: 11:00
--Spiky Dastards: 13:47
--Azul: 15:13

Food:
--Bacchanal Buffet: 1:51
--The Buffet at Wynn: 6:55

March 14, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal talk about their time at the first ever Dice Tower West!

Announcements: 0:30
Dice Tower West: 3:15
Outro: 34:55
Bloopers: 35:42

February 28, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Freedom: The Underground Railroad and City of Gears. We then talk about games with serious themes, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'important.'

Announcements: 0:45
Recent Games: 1:56
Serious Games: 10:00
Board Game Etymology - 'Important': 21:52
Outro: 23:04
Bloopers: 24:08

February 27, 2019
Posted by Rob Searing

Ambie paints some of her Stuffed Fables minis! Feel free to ask questions during the session!

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February 14, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal host the annual Blitzies, the special award episode for 2018 games!

Announcements: 0:38
The 2018 Blitzies: 2:47
--Best Cooperative Game: 6:08
--Most Unique: 7:33
--Best Artwork: 9:08
--Most Underrated: 11:34
--Best Solo: 13:30
--Top 5 2018 Games: 14:56
--2019 Looking Forward to: 28:26
Outro: 34:00
Bloopers: 34:55

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