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

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

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

October 8, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Project L and Cartographers Heroes. We then finish our part two of our one in a hundred games list with our top game from each set of 100 in the top 1501-2000 ranked games on BoardGameGeek!

Recent Games: 0:45
One in a Hundred Part 2B: 9:28
Outro: 26:08
Bloopers: 27:04

September 24, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Gridopolis and Battlestar Galactica. We then continue our one in a hundred games list with our top game from each set of 100 in the top 1001-1500 ranked games on BoardGameGeek!

Recent Games: 0:42
One in a Hundred Part 2A: 15:25
Outro: 28:45
Bloopers: 29:40

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

September 10, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Egyptia and GRBLD. We then talk about some tips for how to teach board games well.

Announcements: 0:40
Recent Games: 1:41
Teaching Games: 8:41
Outro: 27:04
Bloopers: 28:08

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

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