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

June 30, 2020
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Tom and his kids play Dragomino and Animix live! Broken Meeple shows off their top ten Deck Builders, and Meeple University plays Solar Storm!

Go check our next video in the Summer Spectacular here! - https://youtu.be/Ocw1uQ3UgjU

June 30, 2020
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Tom Vasel, Eric Summerer, Mandi Hutchinson, and Suzanne Sheldon talk about our top ten favorite board game apps!

This top ten is a special part of our Dice Tower Summer Spectacular.

Go check our next video in the Summer Spectacular here! - https://youtu.be/Dn5kEApDKCA

June 29, 2020
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Tom Vasel reviews The Floor is Lava. Tom also discusses how embargoes impact the board gaming industry. Plus, many great segments from a plethora of board game experts! Episode # 338.

This episode sponsored by Pandasaurus Games: https://pandasaurusgames.com/products/sonora

June 26, 2020
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Tom Vasel has a chat with everyone! Day 95.

Check out the friendliest conventions on Earth!
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June 26, 2020
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Lance Myxter runs Tom Vasel, Julie Ahern, Jeremy Howard, and Zee Garcia through an epic role playing game adventure! Who will live! What will happen? Join us to find out.


Let's game together, virtually! June 24-28! More details can be found at https://boardgamegeek.com/vgc

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June 24, 2020
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Tom and Zee kick off Virtual Con with a game show. Play along at home!

Let's game together, virtually! June 24-28! More details can be found at https://boardgamegeek.com/vgc

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June 23, 2020
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Tom Vasel & Rahdo talk about different board game topics.

Let's game together, virtually! June 24-28! More details can be found at https://boardgamegeek.com/vgc

Virtual Gaming Con Charity Auction!

June 23, 2020
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Tom Vasel takes a look at the next euro from Daniele Tascini & Dávid Turczi! The Egyptian themed Tekhenu!


Let's game together, virtually! June 24-28! More details can be found at https://boardgamegeek.com/vgc

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June 23, 2020
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Tom Vasel open some boxes that have come in to the The Dice Tower! Will it be boring?!


Let's game together, virtually! June 24-28! More details can be found at https://boardgamegeek.com/vgc

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June 22, 2020
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Tom Vasel teaches and plays Tides of Time on the iPad!


Let's game together, virtually! June 24-28! More details can be found at https://boardgamegeek.com/vgc

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