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 20, 2021
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Ambie and Crystal talk about Escape Tales: Low Memory, Escape Tales: Children of Wyrmwoods, and Stay Cool. We then talk about board games that use a digital app and what we think about them.

Announcements: 0:53
Recent Games: 4:08
Apps in Games: 17:07
Outro: 34:53
Bloopers: 35:46

May 6, 2021
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Winning Streak (a book), The Meaples (a song album), and Musical Chairs (this one's a board game). We then talk about unique themes in board games.

Recent Games: 0:43
Unique Themes: 11:00
Outro: 26:50
Bloopers: 27:45

Join our discord: https://discord.gg/WvRVnVeYMS

April 22, 2021
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Hey Yo and Draftosaurus. We then talk about our top 5 favorite roll & write games.

Announcements: 0:37
Recent Games: 2:51
Top 5 Roll & Write: 11:26
Outro: 37:36
Bloopers: 38:31

Join our discord: https://discord.gg/WvRVnVeYMS 

April 8, 2021
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Black Sonata and Viscounts of the West Kingdom. We then talk about how mental health and mental illness is depicted in board games.

Recent Games: 0:39
Mental Health: 12:11
Outro: 29:44
Bloopers: 30:39

March 25, 2021
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This is a quick and comprehensive video that teaches you how to set up and play Rolling Stock Stars.

Intro: 0:00
Setup: 0:11
How to Play: 1:52
Turn 1: 2:15
--Phase 1: Investment (Turn 1): 2:23
--Phase 2: Wrap-Up (Turn 1): 3:44
--Phase 5: Income (Turn 1): 4:22
--Phase 9: IPO (Turn 1): 4:39
Later Turns: 7:15

March 25, 2021
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Horrified and The Castles of Tuscany. We then talk about flavor text in board games. In the return of the Board Game Etymology segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "flavor."

Announcements: 0:47
Recent Games: 1:54
Flavor Text: 13:25
Board Game Etymology - 'Flavor': 31:32
Outro: 33:02
Bloopers: 34:15

March 11, 2021
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Rosetta: The Lost Language, Dream Runners, and Break In: Area 51. We then host the annual Blitzies for 2020!

February 25, 2021
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Night Market and The Adventure Zone: Bureau of Balance Game. We then discuss what can make board games fun to watch instead of just play.

Announcements: 0:42
Recent Games: 2:49
Spectating Games: 15:28
Outro: 24:20
Bloopers: 25:15

Join our discord: https://discord.gg/WvRVnVeYMS

February 11, 2021
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Ambie and Crystal discuss The Shores of Tripoli and Calico. We then finish our list of our favorite game from each letter of the alphabet with part 3 of 3.

Announcements: 0:41
Recent Games: 2:12
Favorite Game Each Letter Part 3: 9:58
Outro: 32:10
Bloopers: 32:57

Join our discord: https://discord.gg/WvRVnVeYMS

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

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