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

December 5, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Tortured Cardboard, Roll Estate, and Silver & Gold. We then talk about light themes and dark themes, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'point.'

Announcements: 0:58
Recent Games: 2:08
Theme: 12:18
Board Game Etymology - 'Point': 33:25
Outro: 34:48
Bloopers: 35:44

November 21, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Unlock! Heroic Adventures and Funkoverse Strategy Game. We then talk about what the world would be like if everyone played board games, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'common.'

Announcements: 0:50
Recent Games: 2:05
If Everyone Played Games: 16:12
Board Game Etymology - 'Common': 32:39
Outro: 33:59
Bloopers: 35:12

October 10, 2019
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In this special episode, Ambie and Crystal answer a bunch of questions from listeners!

Announcements: 0:40
Q&A: 1:52
Outro: 45:28
Bloopers: 46:40

For the list of questions, see the complete show notes at http://www.boardgameblitz.com/posts/215/episode-90-q-a

September 26, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss TransAmerica and The Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches. We then talk about some games we don't play enough and why it's hard to get them played, and Crystal goes over the origins of the word 'rare.'

Recent Games: 0:47
Games We Don't Play Enough: 8:29
Board Game Etymology - 'Rare': 23:49
Outro: 25:52
Bloopers: 26:56

September 12, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Mr. Face and Nine Tiles Panic. We then list off our top 5 games we played before we discovered modern board games, and Crystal goes over the origins of the company name 'Hasbro.'

Recent Games: 0:47
Top 5 Pre-Hobby Games: 13:30
Board Game Etymology - 'Hasbro': 31:37
Outro: 32:49
Bloopers: 33:53

September 6, 2019
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Ambie talks about the private companies in 18xx games in this video in her 18xx series.

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

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August 29, 2019
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Ambie and Crystal discuss Mahjong, Mountains, and Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale. We then talk about board games using nature as a theme.

Recent Games: 0:42
Nature Games: 16:46
Outro: 29:45
Bloopers: 30:49 

August 28, 2019
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Ambie continues painting her minis from The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth! Feel free to ask questions during the session!

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/269385/lord-rings-journeys-middle-earth

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August 24, 2019
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Ambie talks about laying track in 18xx games in this video in her 18xx series.

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

August 16, 2019
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Ambie and crew take a look at kids games for Favorite Game Friday! comment your favorite!!

Next week is teaching games Due 8/21!

Drive Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HoN1_fYTdUecjLmfrmNn4wQ-rUyngxTe...

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