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

February 2, 2019
Posted by Rob Searing

Ambie, Toby, and Talbot will be playing 1889: History of Shikoku Railways live!

1889 is an 18xx game set in Japan and it plays 2-6 players. Our copy of the game is a print and play using Carthaginian's redesign.

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2...

January 31, 2019
Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ambie and Crystal talk about the Dice Tower Cruise and answer some patron questions about the cruise

January 28, 2019
Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ambie shows you her time at Dice Tower Cruise 2019! Unfortunately, some of the footage was corrupted and lost, but most of it made it!

Day 1: 0:14
--Tour of the Ship: 1:12
--Spiky Dastards: 6:49

Day 2: 7:54
--Specter Ops: 8:05

Day 3: 9:47
--Haiti: 10:25
--Group Photo: 11:23
--Sky Pad, Rock Wall, and Laser Tag: 12:07

January 17, 2019
Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ambie and Crystal discuss Ghost Stories and The Potion. We then talk about some thoughts on what makes a board game name good or bad.

Announcements: 0:41
Recent Games: 2:08
Game Names: 9:44
Outro: 31:10
No Bloopers (I accidentally deleted them): 32:06 

January 3, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Go Away Monster and Catch the Moon. We then talk about our top 5 silly games!

Recent Games: 0:36
Top 5 Silly Games: 6:19
Outro: 33:59
Bloopers: 35:04

December 20, 2018
Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ambie and Crystal discuss Tragedy Looper and Trapwords. We then talk about ways to make a welcoming game environment, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'welcome.'

Announcements: 0:45
Recent Games: 2:16
Welcoming Game Environment: 14:30
Board Game Etymology - 'Welcome': 28:21
Outro: 29:31
Bloopers: 30:43

December 18, 2018
Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ambie talks about ways to find a gaming group and ways to play 18xx games online in this video in her 18xx series.

Links:
Board18: http://board18.org/
Rails: http://rails.sourceforge.net/
rr18xx: http://www.rr18xx.com/

December 6, 2018
Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ambie and Crystal discuss Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game and Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar. We then talk about comfort games, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'familiar.'

Announcements: 0:45
Recent Games: 3:06
Comfort Games: 14:05
Board Game Etymology - 'Familiar': 25:01
Outro: 26:24
Bloopers: 27:37

December 2, 2018
Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ambie and Crystal vlog their adventures at BGG.CON 2018!

Part 2 here: https://youtu.be/8uO7pcoEAP4

Day 0 (Tuesday): 0:12
--Tacomex Las Colinas: 0:13
Day 1 (Wednesday): 0:45
--Registration: 0:46
--Library: 4:13
--Exhibitor Hall: 5:09
--Marble Bobsleigh: 7:08
--Hot Games Section: 8:42

December 2, 2018
Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ambie and Crystal vlog their adventures at BGG.CON 2018!

Part 1 here: https://youtu.be/vWSKbA4M91Q

Day 2 (Thursday): 0:12
--18Chesapeake: 0:13
--Pecan Lodge: 1:10
--Exhibitor Hall: 2:43
--Rail Pass: 3:04
--Just One: 4:21
--Fireball Island: 6:04
--Men at Work: 7:01
--War of the Ring: 8:10

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