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

February 20, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at the 2 player card tossing game, Vampires vs Unicorns!

BGG Link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/239620/vampires-vs-unicorns

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February 20, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Untold, a story-telling game from the makers of Rory Story Cubes!

BGG Link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/226588/untold-adventures-await

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February 20, 2018
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Game: Ursa Miner

BGG Link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/226006/ursa-miner

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

February 19, 2018
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Game: Ticket to Mars

BGG Link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/218235/ticket-mars

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

February 19, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at the news of the week, joined by a host of excellent contributors!

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Welcome to episode # 216 of Board Game Breakfast!

February 18, 2018
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Tom Vasel lists his Top 10 games designed by Stefan Feld!

BGG Link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/4958/stefan-feld

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February 18, 2018
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Tom Vasel gives his first impressions of Emerson Matsuuchi's Century: Eastern Wonders, a sequel to Century: Spice Road!

BGG Link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/242574/century-eastern-wonders

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February 18, 2018
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Tom Vasel gives his first impressions of Century: From Sand to Sea, a rules variant that combines Century: Spice Road with Century: Eastern Wonders!

BGG Link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/242574/century-eastern-wonders

February 18, 2018
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Tom Vasel compares Century: Spice Road with Century: Eastern Wonders!

BGG Link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/242574/century-eastern-wonders

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February 17, 2018
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In this episode, we talk about Zombie Tower 3D, Rising Sun!, Vampires & Unicorns, Clank in Space, and Biotix. Eric talks about games to take to a church game day, Geoff talks about counterfeiting, and we invited Jeff Tidball from Atlas Games to talk about the current state of the hobby! Finally, we end the show talking about our favorite games with monsters in them!

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