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

August 18, 2017
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Tom Vasel presents 10 games to check out if you like Clue!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1294/clue

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Find more reviews and videos at http://www.dicetower.com

August 18, 2017
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Amy joins Tom to take a look at Fantastic Gymnastics, a simple yet difficult dexterity game!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/214343/fantastic-gymnastics

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August 18, 2017
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Tom and Melody take a look at the bluffing game, Oh Captain!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/215918/oh-captain

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August 17, 2017
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Join Tom, Sam, and Zee and they discuss some games that really inhabit and utilize their themes!

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August 17, 2017
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Tom, Zee, and Sam take a look at the new bunny-themed area control card drafting game from Richard Garfield and Iello...Bunny Kingdom!

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August 17, 2017
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Whistle Stop, a pick up and deliver game from Bézier Games!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/221318/whistle-stop

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August 17, 2017
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In this show, we talk about Near and Far, Terraforming Mars: Hellas and Elysium, Pit Crew, Logic Cards, Ghosts Love Candy, Wordsy, Dice Forge, and Saboteur: the Duel. We also discuss the megagame we played at Dice Tower convention 2017, and our thoughts on megagames and whether or not we'll play another one!

August 16, 2017
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Tom, Zee, and Sam play through a game of the new Clank!...In Space!!, from Renegade Game Studios!

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August 16, 2017
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Tom, Zee, and Sam take a look at the new space-themed game based on the Clank! System from Renegade Game Studios!

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Find more reviews and videos at http://www.dicetower.com

August 16, 2017
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Tom Vasel looks back at reviews from 1, 5, and 10 years ago!

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