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.

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August 20, 2018
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BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/251293/megaland

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August 20, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at the board game news of the week, joined by a host of board game experts!

0:21 - Intro
1:47 - Board Game News
5:41 - Kickstarter News
8:45 - From the Page to the Table
10:43 - Mega Meeple
12:43 - No Enemies Here
14:55 - Dice Tower Productions
15:49 - Applied Mechanics
18:04 - Solomode
20:22 - The Theme is...

August 20, 2018
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Come Join us for Melody's last Q & A before college!

August 19, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Dark.net from WizKids!

BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/237783/darknet

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August 19, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at the abstract color scheming in Pantone: The Game from Cryptozoic!

BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/248584/pantone-game

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August 18, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Mint Delivery!

BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/230251/mint-delivery

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August 18, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at the Avengers: Infinity campaign box for Dice Masters!

BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/244196/marvel-dice-masters-avengers-...

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August 18, 2018
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First, we talk about Keyforge, Hail Hydra, Pantone, 8-Bit Box, Mint Delivery, and TransEuropa. Then we talk about our Gen Con 2018 experience, hear a tale of Horror, and answer questions about color, distribution, and basketball. Finally, we talk about our top ten real-time games - in real time!

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August 17, 2018
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Join in as Tom, Sam, and Zee share their picks for best games to take on a camping trip!

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August 17, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Founders of Gloomhaven designed by Isaac Childres!

BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/214032/founders-gloomhaven

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