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

June 4, 2021
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In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Mandala Stones, Barrage, Castell, Witchstone, Rule the Realm, and Hadrian's Wall. Geoff tells us how to fudge the numbers, we have a Tale of Amazement to share, and we answer questions from the mailbag. Then we get all worked up by sharing our Top Ten Mean and Nasty Games.

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June 3, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a day of the dead themed dice rolling game!

Intro 0:00
Overview 1:06
Final Thoughts 6:13

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June 3, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at the 2 player of Networks!

Intro 0:00
Overview 1:04
Final Thoughts 8:41

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June 3, 2021
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Tom Vasel reviews Jupiter's Legacy. Tom shines a spotlight on the BGG Store. Plus, a plethora of segments from our great contributors! Episode #384.

Intro: 00:00
Meeple University: 02:48
Board Game Dads: 04:42
Board Game Geek Store Update: 06:30
Clara M Barker: 10:39
Dice Tower Productions: 12:48
From the Page to the Table: 14:30
Tom Thinks: 16:28

June 3, 2021
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Tom Vasel, Zee Garcia, and Stephen Buonocore take a look at the news in the board gaming hobby.

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June 2, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a game of love struck monsters!

Intro 0:00
Overview 1:27
Final Thoughts 6:00

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June 2, 2021
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Tom Vasel takes a look at a press your luck game about mountain climbing!

Intro 0:00
Overview 1:11
Final Thoughts 6:28

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June 2, 2021
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Tom Vasel, Zee Garcia, and Mike DiLisio take a look at their top 10 games which don't look good but are fun.

Mike 10 : 01:57
Zee 10 : 05:25
Tom 10 : 07:08

Mike 9 : 09:08
Zee 9 : 11:30
Tom 9 : 14:01

Mike 8 : 15:59
Zee 8 : 18:44
Tom 8 : 21:18

Mike 7 : 24:01
Zee 7 : 25:54
Tom 7 : 29:30

Mike 6 : 32:21
Zee 6 : 35:01

June 1, 2021
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Join us live for a marble race of epic proportions!  Whose marble will win? 

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

2020:
Farmini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LalYv9GPHD8
HEXplore It: The Valley of the Dead King: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUREAM3THB8

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