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

November 20, 2020
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Ambie gives an overview of the game 1889: History of Shikoku Railways in this video in her 18xx series.

Start: 0:00
Intro: 0:16
General Overview: 0:42
1830 Comparison: 0:58
Map & Tokens: 1:42
Trains: 2:44
Conclusion: 3:41
Outro: 4:02

October 21, 2020
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Ambie gives an overview of the game 1882: Assiniboia in this video in her 18xx series.

Start: 0:00
Intro: 0:16
Companies and Trains: 0:51
Map Revenue & Costs: 1:44
Tiles: 3:00
Neutral Tokens: 3:28
Saskatchewan Central: 4:06
Conclusion: 4:50
Outro: 5:14

September 15, 2020
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Ambie gives an overview of the game 1830: Railways & Robber Barons in this video in her 18xx series.

BGG Link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/421/1830-railways-robber-barons

Start: 0:00
Intro: 0:16
1830 Overview: 0:37
Stock Market: 1:11
Map & Track: 2:29

August 27, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Carte Rouge and Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger. We then talk about board games that attempt to simulate real-world jobs.

Announcements: 0:43
Recent Games: 1:51
Real-World Jobs: 9:52
Outro: 25:26
Bloopers: 26:30

August 23, 2020
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Roy, Crystal, Ambie & Catch Play Trough the fast paced 4X game Last Light!

Into 0:00
Last Light Overview 0:23
Game Play 9:00
Round Two 21:33
Round Three 39:31
Round Four 1:00:35
Round Five 1:13:44
Ending 1:17:00
Tabe Flip 1:19:33
Out 1:20:00

August 13, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal talk about their ten one in a hundred games - their top game from each set of 100 in the top 1000 as ranked on BoardGameGeek!

Announcements: 0:42
One in a Hundred Games: 2:07
Outro: 28:12

July 30, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Break In Alcatraz. We then have a Q&A episode where we answer a bunch of listener questions!

Announcements: 0:37
Recent Games: 2:27
Listener Q&A: 9:21
Outro: 38:05
Bloopers: 39:01

July 27, 2020
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Ambie talks about other train games that aren’t 18xx games in this video in her 18xx series.

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

Intro: 0:00
Cube Rails: 1:00
Age of Steam: 1:37
Crayon Rails: 2:21

July 16, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss LEGACY: Quest for a Family Treasure and Bites. We then talk about party games with special guest and patron of the show Pam.

Announcements: 0:47
Recent Games: 1:57
Party Games: 11:55
Outro: 27:28
Bloopers: 28:41

July 2, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Unlock!: Timeless Adventures and Conundrum Escape Rooms - Virtual Hollywood Mystery. We then talk about our time at Virtual Gaming Con, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'virtual.'

Announcements: 0:49
Recent Games: 1:29
Virtual Gaming Con: 12:58
Board Game Etymology - 'Virtual': 27:19
Outro: 28:12
Bloopers: 29:25

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