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 27, 2021
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In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Meadow, Wonderland's War, Cubitos, and Subastral. Geoff discusses some recent studies around playing games with monkeys, and we answer questions from the mailbag. Then we finish off the show with our Top Ten favorite gimmicks in games.

Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

July 26, 2021
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Tom Vasel answers some questions! Stop by and ask a few!

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July 23, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a shelf from the Dice Tower library and shares his thoughts!

Intro 0:00
Project: ELITE 0:49
Altar Quest 1:21
Reichbusters: Projekt Vril 1:58
Chaos in the Old World 2:27
Rising Sun 3:04
Blood Rage 3:27
Letters from Whitechapel 4:40
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game 4:57

July 23, 2021
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The Dice Tower takes a look at Summer Camp!

Intro 0:00
Overview 1:13
Final Thoughts 8:19
Scores 17:39

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July 23, 2021
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Tom Vasel, Roy Cannaday, Chris Yi, and Mike DiLisio take a look at a game that one of them had not played yet and are now catching up on.

Original Review here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d15Q2F-wXiQ

July 23, 2021
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Tom Vasel reviews Loki! Tom shines a spotlight on new promos. Plus, a plethora of segments from our great contributors! Episode #390.

Intro/Contest: 00:00
Meeple University: 02:14
Tabletop Rebellion: 04:08
Kickstarter : 06:05
We Game Together: 10:18
Board Game Gumbo: 12:57
Dice Tower Productions: 15:28
Board Game Babsics - Kidsplaining: 17:32

July 22, 2021
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Tom Vasel and Zee Garcia take a look at the news of the board game industry.

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July 21, 2021
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Tom Vasel, Zee Garcia, and Mike DiLisio take a look at their top 10 games for two players that people could enjoy casually.

Mike 10 - 06:42
Zee 10 - 10:30
Tom 10 - 13:22

Mike 9 - 15:27
Zee 9 - 18:50
Tom 9 - 20:40

Mike 8 - 22:40
Zee 8 - 25:50
Tom 8 - 28:03

Mike 7 - 31:09
Zee 7 - 33:22
Tom 7 - 35:57

Mike 6 - 38:24

July 21, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a fruit shipping game from Capstone Games!

Intro 0:00
Overview 1:06
Final Thoughts 7:10

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July 21, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a game about stealing doughnuts!

Intro 0:00
Overview 1:03
Final Thoughts 5:03

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