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 11, 2010
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Tom Vasel and Melody look at the top 100 games of all time!

To see the full list of games, go to http://www.thedicetower.com/thedicetower/index.php/top_100/61-65_2010

For more info on battledex, go to http://battledexgame.com/

November 10, 2010
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Tom Vasel talks about Eminent Domain, an upcoming game from Tasty Minstrel. To get involved with supporting the game, go to http://tinyurl.com/eminentdomainkickstarter

November 2, 2010
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Tom and Melody Vasel continue their countdown of the best board and card games in the world!

See the list of games at http://www.thedicetower.com/thedicetower/index.php/top_100/66-70_2010

November 1, 2010
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Tom and Melody continue the countdown to # 1

See the whole list here: http://www.thedicetower.com/thedicetower/index.php/top_100/71-75_2010

October 31, 2010
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Tom and Melody continue their countdown of the greatest games ever.

For a list of the game, go to http://www.thedicetower.com/thedicetower/index.php/top_100/76-80_2010

For more info, check out www.thedicetower.com

October 26, 2010
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Tom and Melody Vasel review the top 100 board games of all time (in their opinion!)

Check out the whole list at http://www.thedicetower.com/thedicetower/index.php/top_100/81-85_2010

October 26, 2010
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Tom Vasel reviews Livingstone from Playroom Entertainment

To buy the game, go to http://tinyurl.com/livingstonegame

For more info, and the top 100 games of all time, go to www.thedicetower.com

October 26, 2010
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Tom Vasel reviews Sumo Ham Slam from Gamewright

To buy the game, go to http://tinyurl.com/sumohamslam

For more info, as well as a list of Tom's 100 favorite games, go to www.thedicetower.com

October 26, 2010
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Tom and Melody Vasel continue their top 100 games countdown.

To see the game list, go to http://www.thedicetower.com/thedicetower/index.php/top_100/86-90_2010

October 25, 2010
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Tom Vasel reviews Order's Up from Gamewright

To buy the game, go to http://tinyurl.com/ordersupgame

For more info, and a list of the top 100 games of all time, go to www.thedicetower.com

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