Contributor: Tom Vasel

President, Chief Reviewer, Podcast Host

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

October 18, 2021
Posted by Rob Searing

Tom Vasel reviews Halloween Horror Nights. Tom talks about a game from 20 years ago. Plus, a plethora of segments from our great contributors! Episode #402.

Intro/Contest: 00:00
We Game Together: 03:37
Smashin Buttons Slamming Cards: 05:58
Game from 20 Years Ago: 07:56
Ryan and Bethany: 12:38
Board Game Librarian: 14:34
Dice Tower Productions: 16:38

October 18, 2021
Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

All the games we reviewed last week.

Kingdomino Origins Review - with Zee Garcia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGq2qAF1QZo

Bad Company Review - with Zee Garcia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bs_a1RS8w4

Kabuto Sumo Review - with Chris Yi

October 17, 2021
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Tom Vasel, Camilla Cleghorn, Mike DiLisio, and Stephen Buonocore play through a cooperative board game based on the hit video game Cuphead.

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October 17, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a card drafting game set in Tokyo Japan!

Intro 0:00
Overview 0:59
Final Thoughts 9:35

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October 17, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a trick taking game with dogs!

Intro 0:00
Overview 1:08
Final Thoughts 5:45

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October 16, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at another shelf in the Dice Tower Library.

Intro 0:00
New York Zoo 0:40
Dark Moon 0:57
Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done 1:27
Ninjato 1:55
Pax Pamir: Second Edition 2:07
Genoa 2:28
The Great Fire of London 1666 2:53
The Shores of Tripoli 3:13
Space Empires: 4X 3:41
City of the Big Shoulders 4:04
Eminent Domain 4:19

October 16, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at the Mario themed Life!

Into 0:00
Overview 0:53
Final Thoughts 5:02

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October 16, 2021
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On this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Wild Space, Cascadia, EXIT: The App - The Hotel Ophir, Iki, X-Men United, and Disney Sidekicks. We present a new Tale of Boardgaming Horror, answer questions from the mailbag, and argue over our Top Ten Mass Market Games.

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October 16, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a little word game!

Intro 0:00
Overview 0:53
Final Thoughts 4:24

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October 15, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a settlement building game!

Intro 0:00
Overview 1:13
Final Thoughts 6:07

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