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

December 5, 2018
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Tom takes a look at the Kickstarter news, joined by experts, including the wonderful Eric Summerer!

Check out Tainted Grail on Kickstarter! Campaign launches today!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/awakenrealms/87819093?ref=616675&to...

December 5, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at the 12th- yes 12th expansion for Dominion!

BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/257673/dominion-renaissance

Check out the friendliest conventions on Earth!

December 5, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at this tile flipping abstract game from University Games!

BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/240129/rubiks-flip

Check out the friendliest conventions on Earth!
Dice Tower Con! - www.dicetowercon.com (July 3-7, 2019)

December 5, 2018
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Tom Vasel looks back at reviews conducted 1, 5, and 10 years ago!

2017:

Terror Eyes- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCJWOYZBx5c
Dominion: Nocturne- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOf6CRKw950

December 5, 2018
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Tom Vasel answers your questions, live!

Check out the friendliest conventions on Earth!
Dice Tower Con! - www.dicetowercon.com (July 3-7, 2019)
Dice Tower West! - www.dicetowerwest.com (March 6-10, 2019)

December 4, 2018
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Tom, Sam, and Zee give their top ten board games of 2018 - LIVE!

Check out the friendliest conventions on Earth!
Dice Tower Con! - www.dicetowercon.com (July 3-7, 2019)
Dice Tower West! - www.dicetowerwest.com (March 6-10, 2019)

December 4, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at this lengthy and dark toned escape room game!

BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/253214/escape-tales-awakening

Check out the friendliest conventions on Earth!
Dice Tower Con! - www.dicetowercon.com (July 3-7, 2019)

December 4, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at this real-time dice game from Smirk & Dagger Games!

BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/254613/roll-your-life-candyman

Check out the friendliest conventions on Earth!

December 4, 2018
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In this episode, we come to you live from Pax Unplugged 2018.  Not only do Mandi and Suzanne talk about the convention itself, but Tom and Eric invade the show to join in some of the segments!

December 3, 2018
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Tom Vasel takes a look at the board game news of the week, joined by a host of friends!

0:20 - Intro
0:50 - Board Game News
3:55 - Kickstarter News
7:30 - War Game News
9:45 - From the Page to the Table
11:40 - Dice Tower Productions
12:39 - The Theme Is
14:40 - Adventures of a Non Board Gamer
16:50 - Conversations with Creators

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