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

April 23, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Subtext Game, The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, and MegaCity: Oceania. We then talk about analysis paralysis in board gaming, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'analysis.'

Recent Games: 0:56
Analysis Paralysis: 10:31
Board Game Etymology - 'Analysis': 23:38
Outro: 24:38
Bloopers: 25:33

April 9, 2020
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Ambie, Crystal, and patron of the show Pam talk about ways to game without leaving the house.

Gaming Inside: 1:46
Outro: 26:43
Bloopers: 27:38


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March 26, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Adventure Games: The Dungeon, Adventure Games: Monochrome Inc., and Unmatched: Battle of Legends. We then talk about some underrated and overlooked games, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'rate.'

March 21, 2020
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Crystal & Ambie play the 80s classic game... Electronic Mall Madness!


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March 12, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal are joined by Nick, Mike, Matthew, and Dave from the This Game is Broken podcast to celebrate the 100th episode of Board Game Blitz with a game show!

Intro part 2: 3:17
Round 1 - Ready, Set Up, Go!: 5:49
Round 2 - 18xx: 17:56
Round 3 - Vanessa Parody: 27:30
Round 4 - Higher or Lower: 36:16
Outro: 45:30
Bloopers: 46:42

February 27, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Detective Stories: Case 1 - The Fire in Adlerstein and Betrayal Legacy. We then talk about the role of Kickstarter in board games and share our top 5 Kickstarter games.

Announcements: 0:47
Recent Games: 3:07
Kickstarter: 11:16
Top 5 Kickstarter Games: 19:02
Outro: 32:04
Bloopers: 33:00

February 13, 2020
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Ambie and Crystal host the annual Blitzies for 2019 games!

February 4, 2020
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Ambie goes over her top 100 games, finishing up with her top 10!

#10: 0:31
#9: 1:20
#8: 2:54
#7: 4:51
#6: 5:36
#5: 7:59
#4: 10:33
#3: 12:12
#2: 13:46
#1: 16:32

The Mind: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/244992/mind

February 3, 2020
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Ambie goes over her top 100 games, continuing with numbers 20-11.

#20: 0:32
#19: 1:43
#18: 3:42
#17: 4:56
#16: 6:10
#15: 7:23
#14: 9:13
#13: 10:27
#12: 11:48
#11: 13:09

Kitchen Rush: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/223953/kitchen-rush

February 2, 2020
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Ambie goes over her top 100 games, continuing with numbers 30-21.

#30: 0:32
#29: 2:45
#28: 4:22
#27: 6:00
#26: 6:55
#25: 8:23
#24: 9:36
#23: 10:38
#22: 12:33
#21: 13:45

Rolling Stock: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/99630/rolling-stock

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