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

November 26, 2017
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Tom, Zee, and Sam take a look at this new map collection expansion for the classic Alan R. Moon game, Ticket To Ride, from Days of Wonder!

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

November 26, 2017
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Pulsar 2849, a dice drafting game designed by Vladimír Suchý!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/228341/pulsar-2849

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November 26, 2017
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Cover Me, a game about fashion!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/180674/cover-me

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November 25, 2017
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In this show, we are recording live from PAX Unplugged 2017. We pull various people from the crowd to talk about their and our experiences, mention a few games that we've played, and hear Geoff talk about...losing?

The Live Top 10 Games That Need a Sequel is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtqmjmHZ6j4

November 24, 2017
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Tom, Zee, and Sam take a look at this puzzle-y worker placement game with a deep sea salvaging theme, from designer Claude Lucchini and Libellud!

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

November 24, 2017
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Nusfjord, a worker placement game by Uwe Rosenberg!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/234277/nusfjord

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November 24, 2017
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Tom Vasel gives his first impressions on Fairy Tile from IELLO!

BGG link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/220780/fairy-tile

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November 23, 2017
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Just a quick note from Tom to all of you.

THANKS.

We mean it, and we're so glad you watch our show.

November 23, 2017
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Join Tom, Sam, and Zee (plus special guest Eric Summerer!) as we share which games are due for a follow-up!

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November 22, 2017
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Tom, Zee, and Sam take a look at this gateway set collection game from Marc André, the designer of Splendor!

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

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