Contributor: Mark Zielinski

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Of course I started my gaming career playing lots of family style board games with my family. I was first introduced to wargames by my cousin Michael while I was visiting him when I was 11 or 12 years old. My first game was Avalon Hill’s Richtofen’s War followed closely by Avalon Hill’s Luftwaffe that fateful day. I played mostly Avalon Hill wargames all through high school.

Right after high school my gaming group and I discovered Dungeons and Dragons (the old blue book). I remember fondly pulling the numbered chits that came inside the book from Dixie cups, since we did not have any access to anything besides a six-sided die at the time.

While I was in college I discovered Avalon Hill’s Squad Leader. I was involved with a lot of playtesting and scenario design work with the old Squad Leader/Advanced Squad Leader fanzine “On All Fronts”. During this time I also continued to play Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, as well as other RPGs of the day, other wargames by various companies, as well as playing historical miniature games.

My wife Debbie and I then discovered the CCG Spellfire by TSR. We never got into Magic, but we were very involved with the Spellfire community and demoed Spellfire for TSR at GenCon.

When my wife decided to attend law school I opened a mail order hobby shop, in the days before the internet was in full swing, in order to keep my self busy while she studied. I then took the mail order business and converted it into a brick and mortar FLGS which sold a lot of Games Workshop products as well as CCG’s, wargames, board games, model kits, etc. Shortly after selling my interest in the store I became an Outrider for Games Workshop for a number of years.

Once I retired from the Outriders I began to focus back onto ASL and joined our local ASL group. I regularly attend ASLOK (Advanced Squad Leader Oktoberfest) which is held each year in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

I have been a Dice Tower listener since episode #26 and I now play a variety of games including (but not limited to) wargames, board games, card games, miniature games, and euro-games. The euro-games I enjoy playing today are thanks to the effort put forth by Tom, Joe, and Sam. Thanks guys!

My wife and I are the proud parents of the founding members of the Sam Healey fan club, and I work as the Vice President of a real estate management company.

Mark provides wargame and family commentary to the Dice Tower.

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August 24, 2016
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Join Sam Healey and his host of contributors in this variety show that focuses on Amerithrash games and some peripheral hobbies within our hobby.

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June 16, 2015
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Tom Vasel, Eric Summerer, and Zee Garcia are joined by a host of the DT contributors for a live show at Origins Game Fair 2015. We talk about games at the fair, have a live game show, and end with questions. Also, revenge!

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June 12, 2015
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The Dice Tower talks to HABA about their upcoming children's game: Monster Torte

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February 17, 2015
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In this show, we talk about Five Tribes, Xia, Krosmaster Junior, Mystery Rummy # 5 - Escape from Alcatraz, X-com, and Pressure Cooker.  We are joined by a host of contributors offering strategy, Christmas gaming, old games, and how to build a game group.  We have a tale of amazement and one of horror, and bring back gaming stererotypes!

February 3, 2015
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In this show, we talk about Empire Engine, Artificium, Kings of Israel, Robot Turtles, Cthulhu Wars, Hyperborea, Pints of Blood, and Dogs of War.  We have a tale of horror and of amazement, Mark talks about his kids, Mary about Tichu strategy, and Brian about Mancala.

January 20, 2015
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In this show, we talk about Pay Dirt, Monsters and Maidens, Patchwork, Jochen der Rochen, Orleans, Power Grid “Deluxe”, Essen, and Royals.  We have a Tale of Amazement, a Tale of Horror, A Board Game Magic Moment, legal advice, a look at games from our childhood, and more!

July 29, 2014
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In this show, we talk about Magnum Opus, Who Stole the Cookie?, Istanbul, Heroes Wanted, and Thunder Alley.  We hear about Hoity Toity, 3D printing, bad game design, and more!  We answer questions, and end the show talking about whether or not we get to play our favorite games enough.

May 27, 2014
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In this show, Mark takes the ten by ten challenge, Geoff examines a gaming lawsuit, Brian takes a look at Betrayal at House on the Hill, and Bill talks about running a convention.  We review Hearthstone, Formula E, Marrying Mr. Darcy, Horse Show, Race Formula 90, and Dungeon Dice; and then take a look at the Spiel des Jahres nominees.

April 15, 2014
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In this show, we review Clash of Cultures, Eight Minute Empire Legends, Common Ground, Damage Report, and Splendor - while Eric gets angry at a game.  Geoff analyzes Werewolf, Mark talks about Adepticon, we talk about Origins and much, much more!

January 7, 2014
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It's 2014 - huzzah!  In this show, Eric and Tom take a look at King & Assassin, Viva Topo, Baba Yaga, Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts, and Among the Stars: Ambassadors.