Training Games: Click Clack Lumberjack

June 3, 2021

by Ambie Valdés
This is part of a series called Training Games, where I review children's games when playing (with modified rules) with my twin toddlers. This review was written when my twins were 20 months old.

Click Clack Lumberjack is a dexterity game where you’re trying to tap plastic tree pieces with a plastic axe in order to knock bark pieces off without knocking the cores off. It’s a game that I’ve enjoyed playing mostly with other adults before I had kids. Currently, my kids aren’t old enough to be playing a dexterity game like this (it’s for ages 5 and up), but they love playing with the pieces and it’s one of the first games that my kids pick to play when they go into the game room.

Episode 132 - The New Normal

June 3, 2021

Ambie and Crystal discuss a couple games they've played recently, including Funny Pages, The Search for Planet X, and Jackpot Payout. Since we just celebrated our 5 year podcast anniversary, we then revisit our topic of our first episode, conventions!

Training Games: Building Site

May 31, 2021

This is part of a series called Training Games, where I review children's games when playing (with modified rules) with my twin toddlers. This review was written when my twins were 20 months old.

Building Site is a memory game where you’re gathering materials in the correct order to build a house. There’s a little toy dump truck that you move around to collect the pieces, and the house is made up of little wooden blocks.

Episode 131 - Apptastic

May 20, 2021

Ambie and Crystal discuss a couple games they've played recently, including Escape Tales: Low Memory, Escape Tales: Children of Wyrmwoods, and Stay Cool. We then talk about board games that use a digital app and what we think about them.

How to Play: The Mind (in song form)

May 12, 2021

This is my first ever instructional video in song form! I made a song about The Mind and it has almost all the rules to the game (it's similar to how we teach it to other people when we're playing).

The song was originally for an appearance on Jordan Plays Blue

Episode 130 - The Theme's The Thing

May 6, 2021

Ambie and Crystal discuss a couple games they've played (or books read, or music listened to?) recently, including Winning Streak (a book), The Meaples (a song album), and Musical Chairs (this one's a board game). We then talk about games with unique themes.

Episode 129 - Rock and Roll and Write

April 22, 2021

Ambie and Crystal discuss a couple games they've played recently, including Hey Yo and Draftosaurus. We then talk about our top 5 favorite roll & write games.

Episode 128 - Mental Health in Games

April 8, 2021

Ambie and Crystal discuss a couple games they've played recently, including Black Sonata and Viscounts of the West Kingdom. We then talk about how mental health and mental illness is depicted in board games.

Training Games: Hungry as a Bear

April 4, 2021

by Ambie Valdés
This is part of a series called Training Games, where I review children's games when playing (with modified rules) with my twin toddlers. This review was written when my twins were 18 and a half months old.

Hungry as a Bear is a dexterity game where you feed different colored cardboard food tokens to a Bear. There’s a big cardboard plate and spoon that you use, and the bear stands up in the box and has a cut out mouth like a carnival game.

How to Play: Rolling Stock Stars

March 29, 2021

Our How to Play videos are designed to be short (but still complete) instructional videos, mainly for people who want an overview before playing with someone who knows how to play (in place of that person teaching the rules).


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