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

January 28, 2021
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Ambie and Crystal discuss The Enigma Emporium Puzzle Postcards Series 2: Cycle of Learning and 5er Finden. We then countinue talking about our favorite game from each letter of the alphabet with part 2 of 3.

Announcements: 0:42
Recent Games: 1:53
Favorite Game Each Letter Part 2: 10:19
Outro: 30:44
Bloopers: 31:31

January 14, 2021
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Cuba Libre and Carpe Diem. We then start a 3-part series where we talk about our favorite game from each letter of the alphabet, starting from the end. Crystal then discusses the origin of the word "Alphabet."

December 31, 2020
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Ambie interviews Toby Mao, the creator of https://18xx.games/

Interview intro: 0:23
18xx.games: 5:27
Outro: 32:48

18xx slack: https://join.slack.com/t/18xxgames/shared_invite/zt-8ksy028m-CSZC~G5QtiF...

December 17, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island and playing games on Board Game Arena. We then talk about our "top" ten games from low ranking games on BoardGameGeek.

Announcements: 0:49
Recent Games: 4:11
Top Bottom Games: 16:29
Outro: 32:30
Bloopers: 33:34

December 7, 2020
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Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss Mythos Tales, Tokaido, and Mice and Mystics. Our accessory of the week is board game music, and we talk about some games that scare us. We answer another viewer question, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word dungeon.

December 3, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Escape Room in a Box: Flashback and Star Wars: Unlock!. We then talk about our lives and some things we do and content we make outside of the podcast. Recent Games: 0:48 State of the Blitz: 11:26 Outro: 32:49 Bloopers: 33:53 Join our discord server: https://discord.gg/WvRVnVeYMS
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

November 19, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Disciple Detective and The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game. We then talk about some games that we've never (or rarely) talked about before, at least on the podcast!

Announcements: 0:44
Recent Games: 3:31
Games We've Never Discussed: 13:32
Outro: 30:53
Bloopers: 31:57

November 5, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss King of the Roll and Prisma Arena. Then Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'Eurogame' before we discuss what euro games are and how they have changed over the years.

Announcements: 0:45
Recent Games: 2:29
Thematic Segment & Etymology: 15:14
Board Game Etymology - 'Eurogame': 15:50
Euro Games: 17:29
Outro: 31:15
Bloopers: 32:10

October 22, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss The Curious Elevator of Mr. Hincks and the Blinks game system. We then talk about spooooky games and some ways that games can create tension, dread, or surprise.

Recent Games: 0:46
Spooky Games: 14:59
Outro: 29:23
Bloopers: 30:27

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