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.

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July 15, 2019
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Ambie went to Disney World for a few days before Dice Tower Con 2019!

Day 1 (Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios & Magic Kingdom): 0:12
Day 2 (Epcot & Magic Kingdom & Hollywood Studios): 2:58
Day 3 (Magic Kingdom): 6:16

July 4, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss 1862 and The Castles of Burgundy. We then talk about why we play board games (and why we might not want to play board games).

Announcements: 0:44
Recent Games: 2:28
Why Game: 11:21
Outro: 23:44
Not Really Bloopers: 24:40

June 25, 2019
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Ambie talks about some of the different stock markets in 18xx games in this video in her 18xx series.

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

June 20, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Ora et Labora and On Tour. We then highlight some games and people in the gaming community that are in the LGBT community.

Announcements: 0:41
Recent Games: 1:29
Pride: 9:18
Outro: 25:07
Bloopers: 26:20

June 19, 2019
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Ambie continues painting some of her Stuffed Fables minis! Feel free to ask questions during the session!

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June 17, 2019
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Come ask Ambie anything!

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June 8, 2019
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Ambie went to KublaCon in the SF Bay Area over Memorial Day Weekend!

Games:
--Le Havre: The Inland Port: 1:45
--Alpaca Pakapaka: 2:20
--1889: History of Shikoku Railways: 2:45
--Letters from Whitechapel: 4:58
--Kitchen Rush: 5:20
--Rolling Stock: 6:21
--Antiquity: 7:11
--Azul: 8:58
--Ora et Labora: 10:22

Non-game things:

June 6, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Fickle, Animal Upon Animal, Battle Dome, and Race For The Galaxy. We then talk about some of the different board gaming awards this summer, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'prestigious.'

Recent Games: 0:47
Awards: 14:17
Board Game Etymology - 'Prestigious': 27:43
Outro: 28:42
Bloopers: 29:37

May 30, 2019
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Ambie interviews Josh Starr, the creator of Grand Trunk Games, a new publishing company dedicated to making 18xx games more available, affordable, and approachable.

Interview: 0:24
1861/1867: 13:00
Outro: 26:57

Grand Trunk Games: https://www.grandtrunkgames.com/

May 29, 2019
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Ambie talks about full capitalization and incremental capitalization of corporations in this video in her 18xx series.

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

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