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

July 3, 2020
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Welcome back to the Dice Tower Summer Spectacular! In this section, Tom, Zee, Roy, and Mike play the Harry Potter House Cup live! Graeme plays through Cinque Terre.

Go check our next video in the Summer Spectacular here! - https://youtu.be/-pU798AY4ko

July 3, 2020
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Welcome back to the Dice Tower Summer Spectacular! Mik and Starla from Our Family Plays Games come by to join us for our Top 10 Family Games!

This live special top ten is being recorded as part of our 2020 Summer Spectacular!

Go check our next video in the Summer Spectacular here! - https://youtu.be/VJ0D0xnR3pY

July 3, 2020
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Tom, Zee, and Ignacy play through Robinson Crusoe live!

Go check our next video in the Summer Spectacular here! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnofsp5vi-M
Summer Spectacular Program Schedule https://www.dicetower.com/summerspectacular

July 2, 2020
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It's the Thirteenth Annual Dice Tower Awards! Join Eric, Tom, Mandi and Suz as we discover which games were the best games of 2019!

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

July 2, 2020
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Elaine and Efka from No Pun Included join Zee and Tom as we talk about our favorite convention experiences ever!

This top ten is part of our 2020 Summer Spectacular!

Go check our next video in the Summer Spectacular here! - https://youtu.be/aPkZmKNM0Yo

July 2, 2020
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Welcome back to the Dice Tower Summer Spectacular! Tom, Mike and Roy play Cross Clues and Rose Ceremony live. Boardgame Opinions plays through Werewords, and Liz gives us an intro to wargames!

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

July 1, 2020
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Welcome to the Summer Spectacular 2020! In this section, Tom talks to Sharon Madden (Dice Tower East director), Timm Metivier (Dice Tower West director), Kenny Sardina (Dice Tower Retreat), and Jason Levine (Dice Tower Cruise director) about what it's like to run a board game convention.

July 1, 2020
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Welcome to the Summer Spectacular 2020! In this section, Tom and Mike play a scenario of Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lions live (a few spoilers). Ant Lab plays through Atelier the Painter's Studio, and Oliver tells us his top roll & writes.

Go check our next video in the Summer Spectacular here! - https://youtu.be/EofdyR8Dfco

July 1, 2020
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Crystal Pisano and Paula Deming join us for a top ten list where we go back in time ten years to find the best games!

This special top ten is a part of the Summer Spectacular 2020!

Next Stream: https://youtu.be/8x_e784194A

July 1, 2020
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In this video, Pandasaurus makes an announcement, Tom interviews Justin from Stoneblade about Ascension Tactics, Ambie gives us Strike Tips, and Tom, Roy and Zee play Infinity Gauntlet live!

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

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