Blitz Con 2017 Recap

February 24, 2017

by Ambie Valdés
Over President's Day this year, we decided to host our own board game convention in the Bay Area! My friends and I had been discussing starting our own convention for a while, since we had some difficult times at KublaCon with finding table space to play games. We decided to brand it with Board Game Blitz, since we could! This year, we were able to get a small conference room at a Holiday Inn in San Mateo, and we capped registration at 50 people. I had a really great time playing games all weekend and meeting a bunch of new friends!

Over the weekend, I had 33 game plays of 26 unique games. I got to play with over 20 different people, a lot of whom I had never played a game with before!

One of the awesome things about Blitz Con was that I was able to play a game with Crystal for the first time in person! Crystal flew in for the weekend, and we got to hang out for the whole convention!

Strategically Thematic: Freedom: The Underground Railroad

February 23, 2017

Strategically Thematic is a segment featured on The Dice Tower's bi-weekly Throat Punch Lunch videos about games where the theme and mechanics go together really well.


Episode 20 - It Takes Two

February 16, 2017

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss some games they've played recently, including Rolling Stock, Power Grid: Deluxe, and Lotus. We then talk about some good two-player board games. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "alliance."

Strategically Thematic: Brew Crafters

February 9, 2017

Strategically Thematic is a segment featured on The Dice Tower's bi-weekly Throat Punch Lunch videos about games where the theme and mechanics go together really well.


Rebels Unite! Review

February 8, 2017

by Ambie Valdés
Some of my favorite games are social deduction games (like The Resistance: Avalon and Deception: Murder in Hong Kong), so I was excited to try out Rebels Unite! when I got a review copy for it.

My copy of Rebels Unite!, signed by the designer/artist!

Episode 19 - Cold Cold Cold!

February 2, 2017

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss some games they've played recently, including Rebels Unite!, Happy Pigs, and Rex: Final Days of an Empire. We then talk about board games that have a cold theme. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "analysis."

Strategically Thematic: Kanban

January 26, 2017

Strategically Thematic is a segment featured on The Dice Tower's bi-weekly Throat Punch Lunch videos about games where the theme and mechanics go together really well.


Episode 18 - The 2016 Blitzies

January 19, 2017

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal go off-format in this special episode and discuss their favorite games of 2016, as well as what they're looking forward to in 2017.

Strategically Thematic: Dungeon Petz

January 12, 2017

Strategically Thematic is a segment featured on The Dice Tower's bi-weekly Throat Punch Lunch videos about games where the theme and mechanics go together really well.


Episode 17 - Family Affair

December 22, 2016

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss some games they've played recently, including 1860, Clank!, and Order of the Gilded Compass. We then have a special guest to talk with us about board games that are great for families. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "game."

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