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.

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June 29, 2012
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Tom and Sam take a look at For the Crown from Victory Point Games

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June 28, 2012
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Tom previews this upcoming game on Kickstarter.

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June 27, 2012
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Tom takes a look at this pizza dexterity game.

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June 26, 2012
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In this episode, we take a look at our top ten "lunchtime" games, games that can be played and set up during a lunch break at work.  We also talk about some recently played games, answer some questions, and then have a few guests show up with a surprise announcement!

June 19, 2012
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In this episode, Geoff talks about giant numbers, and Greg descends into Madness.  Mary talks about house rules, and Tom reviews Descent 2.0.  We stereotype gamers yet again, and then talk about how many moves ahead in a game we plan for.

June 16, 2012
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Tom takes a look at this strategy game from Portal

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June 16, 2012
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Tom takes a look at this older card game in space from Rio Grande

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June 16, 2012
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Sam and Tom examine this cooperative game from Wizkids

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June 16, 2012
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Sam and Tom take a look at this war game from Catalyst

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June 15, 2012
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Sam and Tom examine this die-rolling game from Asmodee

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