Contributor: Tom Vasel

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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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October 22, 2019
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Tom, Roy and Sam take a final spoiler-free look at this deck-building legacy game from Renegade Game Studios and Dire Wolf Digital!

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October 22, 2019
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BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/288182/smog-riders-showdown

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October 22, 2019
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BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/287247/aristocracy

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October 21, 2019
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Come ask Tom as many questions as you'd like and he'll answer as many of them as he can.

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October 21, 2019
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All four hosts are in this show, as we take a look at the list of Essen games (by Eric Martin on www.boardgamegeek.com) and talk about our opinions and hopes for them.  We also discuss our plans at the show this year.

October 21, 2019
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Tom Vasel takes a look at things he found on the internet. A current trend in the industry are games that force you to NOT communicate with others. Is this trend coming on too strong? Tom gives his thoughts. Plus, many great segments from a plethora of board game experts. Episode # 303

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October 20, 2019
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a economic game about making bear!

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October 20, 2019
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a game of confusing dogs for breakfast bread!

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October 20, 2019
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Tom Vasel takes a look at the second standalone game in a series from designer Brian Suhre that integrates modern game mechanics with the surprisingly rich and uniquely refreshing world of angling!

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October 20, 2019
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BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/233848/hako-onna

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