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

November 30, 2021
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Tom, Violet, & Ruby take a look at Roll Player Adventures!

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November 30, 2021
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In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss the G.I. Joe Deckbuilding Game, Star Clicker, Crimes and Capers: Lady Leona's Last Wishes, Roll Player Adventures, and Gutenberg. Geoff explores a study that questions our perception of things, and we answer questions from the mailbag, one of which is a little horrific. Then, we close the show with a Top Ten list of games that were ahead of their time.

November 26, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at another shelf in the Dice Tower Library.

00:00 Intro
00:28 Nevermore
00:42 Super Skill Pinball
00:50 Veggie Garden
01:06 Flow of History
01:19 MetroXZ
01:31 Not Alone
01:40 Bbiblios
01:54 Gambit Royale
02:10 Condotierre
02:20 Dizzle
02:28 Castles of Burgundy Card Game
02:40 Tiny Epic Zombies

November 26, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Painted train for gloom haven and war of the ring!

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November 26, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at Vagrantsong!!

Check out Zee's overview of the game: https://youtu.be/Y5WXdtyw_UE

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November 24, 2021
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Zee Garcia, Camilla Cleghorn, Mike DiLisio, and Tom Vasel take a look at a game that several of them missed playing when it first came out, and now they are catching up on it!

Live Play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsvvBtIZzZA

November 24, 2021
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You've got questions! Tom has answers! It's meant to be!

Note: There were streaming issues in this video, and it ends abruptly. Sorry about that!

November 24, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at another shelf in the Dice Tower Library.

Intro 0:00
Cutthroat Caverns 0:31
Artifacts, Inc. 0:45
Grimoire 0:59
Silk 1:12
Bohnanza 1:21
Sleuth 1:34
Roll to the Top! 1:47
Hanabi 2:01
Truffle Shuffle 2:16
Vault Wars 2:32
Herbaceous 2:40
Excape 2:52
Kingdomino Duel 3:05
Cat Café 3:10

November 23, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a few ok games!

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November 23, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at the games he reviewed 1, 5, and 10 years ago.

2020:
Kraft Heinz Variety Game Pack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuH88I78vrg
Disney Hocus Pocus: the Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NubsQYHVroQ

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