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

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

July 1, 2020
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In this video, Pandasaurus makes an announcement, Tom interviews Justin from Stoneblade about Ascension Tactics, Ambie gives us Strike Tips, and Tom, Roy and Zee play Infinity Gauntlet live!

Go check our next video in the Summer Spectacular here! - https://youtu.be/laQOreJyVLo

June 29, 2020
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Ambie talks about how corporations can change ownership, either through dumping companies or through hostile takeovers, in this video in her 18xx series.

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

June 18, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss some Ravensburger Escape Puzzles and Slay the Spire. We then talk about our top 5 themes in board games.

Announcements: 0:43
Recent Games: 2:17
Top 5 Game Themes: 13:02
Outro: 31:52
Bloopers: 32:56

June 7, 2020
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Ambie, Toby, and Scott played 18Chesapeake online through https://www.18xx.games/

18Chesapeake is an 18xx game set in the Chesapeake region of the United States and it plays 2-6 players.

1:40 - Start of Game
2:19:50 - End of Game & Discussion

June 6, 2020
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Ambie talks about suitcase companies in this video in her 18xx series.

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

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June 4, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss 18Chesapeake (on 18xx.games) and Dragonheart (on boardgamearena.com). We then talk about our history of playing video games, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'arcade.'

Recent Games: 1:59
Video Games: 11:06
Board Game Etymology - 'Arcade': 31:36
Outro: 32:46
Bloopers: 33:50

May 21, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss a few games in the Exit: The Game series - The Catacombs of Horror, The House of Riddles, and The Haunted Roller Coaster. We then celebrate our anniversary with a lookback on the last 4 years of the Board Game Blitz podcast.

Recent Games: 0:44
4 Year Anniversary: 11:45
Listener Clips: 29:47
Outro: 37:28
Bloopers: 38:14

May 7, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss 1889 (on 18xx.games) and Forgotten Waters. We then talk about two player gaming, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'duel.'

Announcements: 0:46
Recent Games: 1:28
Two Player Gaming: 15:19
Board Game Etymology - 'Duel': 27:03
Outro: 28:10
Bloopers: 29:06

May 6, 2020
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Ambie talks about the separation of personal and company money and ways to get more personal money in this video in her 18xx series.

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

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