Episode 32 - Con Candor

July 20, 2017

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal just got back from a couple board game conventions, so we talk about our time at Origins (Cassadi) and Dice Tower Con (Ambie and Crystal)!

Dice Tower Con 2017 Vlog

July 18, 2017

Ambie and Crystal both went to Dice Tower Con this year and recorded their first ever vlog! It's in two parts. Part 1 is Tuesday through Thursday, and Part 2 is Friday through Sunday!


Dice Tower Con 2017 Recap

July 12, 2017

by Ambie Valdés
I just got back from my 4th Dice Tower Con ever! It was my first time as a Dice Tower contributor, but I was still able to play a bunch of games, as well as meet a lot of people and go to different events. I had a lot of fun!

Over the course of the 5 days (really 4 and a half, since we left after lunch on Sunday), I had 65 plays of 46 different games, 32 of which were new to me! Granted, a couple of those were demos or incomplete games, but I still got to get the feel of them. I also participated in my first megagame ever, Future Tense!

We were in line early for registration, a little before 9 am on Wednesday (Registration opened at 10). There were already quite a few people in line, but there were so many more that showed up afterwards. The hotel had free breakfast and coffee for us, which was pretty awesome. Also, the Dice Tower crew were giving out promos, and there was a table full of promos. I got a couple BattleCON promos, which is pretty exciting. Usually I don't own the games they have promos for, so I'm happy that these ones will get some use!

Episode 31 - On the Road Again

July 6, 2017

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss some games they've played recently, including Fourth Age, 1817, Kitten Klash, and Barenpark. We then talk about playing games while traveling or on vacation. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "score."

Portland 18xx Tournament 2017 Recap

June 28, 2017

by Ambie Valdés
Toby and I got to go to an 18xx convention for the first time! Since we live on the west coast, we decided to go to the Portland 18xx Tournament (there are other ones further away) last weekend. Although it's called a tournament, it's not really a tournament - everyone records the scores of the games they played and get ranked based on that, but most of the people didn't care about the tournament and were just there to play 18xx games and have fun. We were there Thursday through Saturday, and we played 6 total 18xx games.

Even though this is one of the smaller convention libraries, it probably has the highest density of rare games!

HeavyCon 2017 Recap

May 31, 2017

by Ambie Valdés
This weekend over Memorial Day weekend, I got to attend HeavyCon for the first time! HeavyCon is a convention run by Heavy Cardboard, a podcast about heavier board games (heavy Euros, 18xx games, and wargames). There were 90 attendees, and since everyone was there to play heavy games, it was easy finding people to play pick up games of heavy economic games and 18xx games! Toby and I typically don't schedule games at conventions, and this one was no exception.

Over the weekend (Thursday-Sunday), I had 23 plays of 22 unique games. A bunch of the games were new to me, and 3 of the games were 18xx games (although those weren't new to me)!

Train Games

Episode 23 - MeepleCon 2017 Recap

March 30, 2017

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal talk about all the games they played at MeepleCon! We also announce our contest winners.

MeepleCon 2017 Recap

March 24, 2017

by Ambie Valdés
I went to MeepleCon in Las Vegas for the first time this year, and got to meet Cassadi and Crystal in person! This was the first time all three of us were even in the same state together, so it was a big deal for us. I had an awesome time playing games with Cassadi and Crystal and eating good food.

Since the MeepleCon library was only open from 10am to midnight each day, we took it easy and actualy slept a reasonable amount of time! I had 31 plays of 24 different games, 12 of which were new to me. We also played some craps at night, since we were in Vegas!

When we flew in Thursday night, Crystal and Cassadi were at the airport waiting for us! We got to visit Meepleville board game cafe to take a picture with the world's largest meeple. After giving away Blitzy the meepillow at Blitz Con, I had decided to make some more meepillows for the occassion.

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!

BGG.CON 2016 Dexterity Games

November 29, 2016

by Ambie Valdés
In the previous blog about BGG.CON, I mentioned that there were a bunch of dexterity games set up in the hallway. Just for fun, I took some videos of the games and compiled them together in this video.


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