Contributor: Tom Vasel

Host of the Dice Tower, Video Reviewer, Dice Tower Founder
Tom Vasel

Hi, my name is Tom Vasel, host of The Dice Tower.  I've played board games most of my life, having learned classics such as Uno!, Monopoly, Sorry!, and Careers as a child.  I quickly started looking through thrift stores to find more and more games, and was captivated by games that had variety and strategy, such as Cosmic Encounter and Scotland Yard.

In college, I played quite a few collectible card games, and dabbled with wargames and miniatures.  Over the past five years, however, I've become aware of a great amount of other board games.  Many of these games are known as "Eurogames", due to the prolific nature of the German and French game designers.  I've found them to be exciting and interesting, and a far cry from the "roll-and-move" games of my youth.  Of course, American games, such as those from Eagle Games and Fantasy Flight, also fascinate me.

Several years ago, I began to write reviews of board games, so that others could find out about these wonderful games.  I've also authored an "Interviews by an Optimist" series, a series of interviews with notables in the gaming world, and started a series of deeper board game discussions - Musings On...,which is now gone - but you never know if we might start it up again!

In May 2005, I started the podcast The Dice Tower with Joe Steadman - a podcast all about board games, and one that has gradually changed over its many episodes.  Joe has since left the show, but with a host of other contributors, the Dice Tower is still being produced biweekly, and is one of my favorite things to do.  In 2008, I started a video podcast with my daughters, which is amazingly fun!

Most importantly, I am married to the lovely Laura Vasel, and together we have six beautiful girls - Melody, Amy, Holly, Clara, Violet, and Ruby, and a son, Jimmy.  We also have a son, Jack, who was called to Heaven in early 2011.   Together we served as missionaries in South Korea, where I pastored Uijongbu Baptist Church.   I'm now in Homestead, Florida, where I run the Dice Tower full time, as well as serve at the First Baptist Church of Cutler Ridge.

You can find more about me at my personal webpage, www.tomvasel.com.

All Content With Tom Vasel

April 26, 2017
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Tom Vasel looks back at reviews he conducted 1, 5, and 10 years ago!

2016:
Histrio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDp_g0BU-yU

Shadow Over Westiminster- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdulvGhnOaA

April 26, 2017
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Zooscape, an I split, you choose style game by Hisashi Hayashi!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/187515/zooscape

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April 26, 2017
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Smash Up: What Were We Thinking?, another expansion for AEG's hit, Smash Up!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/216658/smash-what-were-we-thinking

April 25, 2017
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Tom Vasel lists his Top 10 games published by GMT Games!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepublisher/52/gmt-games

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April 25, 2017
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Tom Vasel takes a look at The Lion Guard: Protect the Pride Lands, a cooperative game for kids!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/198671/lion-guard-protect-pride-lands

Find great tables here! https://www.rathskellers.com/

April 25, 2017
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Quests of Valeria, a set collection game set in the Valeria series!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/187680/quests-valeria

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April 25, 2017
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In this show, Tom is missing, but Richard Ham (Rahdo) steps in, and he and Eric talk about Math Fluxx, Disney World gaming (Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Agent P’s Secret Mission, A Pirate’s Adventure), The Goonies Adventure Card Game, and Rhodes.

April 24, 2017
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Welcome to the 174th episode of Board Game Breakfast!

April 23, 2017
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Tom Vasel lists his Top 10 small box games published by Eagle-Gryphon Games!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepublisher/597/eagle-gryphon-games

Buy great games at http://www.coolstuffinc.com

April 23, 2017
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Tom Vasel talks about what he loves most about Cosmic Encounter!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/39463/cosmic-encounter

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