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.

All Content With Tom Vasel

July 30, 2019
Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

In this episode, all four hosts join together for a supersized episode in which we talk about all the upcoming releases at Gen Con 2019!

We talk about where we'll be at the con (don't miss booth 2023!), and our opinions on various games.

Due to the upcoming convention, we decided to release this one a bit early.

July 29, 2019
Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

In this episode, all four hosts join together for a supersized episode in which we talk about all the upcoming releases at Gen Con 2019!

We talk about where we'll be at the con (don't miss booth 2023!), and our opinions on various games.    

July 29, 2019
Posted by Rob Searing

Tom and Sam take a look at the many of the games being released at GenCon 2019, brought to you by Pandasaurus Games!!

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July 29, 2019
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Tom Vasel takes a look at things he found on the internet. Does FOMO apply to conventions? Should it apply to them? Tom gives his thoughts. Plus, many great segments from a plethora of board game experts. Episode # 291

Segments:

0:23 Welcome
1:14 What I Found on the Internet This Week
4:35 We Game Together
6:36 Meeple University

July 28, 2019
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a record collecting game called Vinyl!

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July 28, 2019
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a kids dice game! Rolling Bandits!

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July 28, 2019
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a co-op game of guessing the right person!

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July 27, 2019
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a bluffing game of collecting artifacts!

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July 27, 2019
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a worker placement game of building buildings!

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July 26, 2019
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a game of drawing 5 cards, playing 2 then playing 1 and then play 1!

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