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

August 30, 2009
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Tom and Melody continue their top 100 Games countdown. Six more games!!

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

August 30, 2009
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Tom and Melody Vasel continue their countdown of their top 100 games, with six more games.

For a list of the games, as well as more videos, go to www.thedicetower.com

August 30, 2009
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Tom and Melody Vasel take a look at six more games in their top 100 Games of all time.

For more info, and a listing of the games, go to www.thedicetower.com

August 29, 2009
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Tom Vasel reviews Birds on a Wire from Gryphon Games.

For more info and videos, go to www.thedicetower.com

August 27, 2009
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Tom, Melody, and Holly continue to talk about some more great games.

For a complete list of the games, as well as the rest of the videos, go to www.thedicetower.com

August 25, 2009
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Tom and Melody Vasel talk about six more games in their top 100 games of all time.

To see the whole list, and more videos, go to www.thedicetower.com

August 24, 2009
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Tom and Melody Vasel talk about their top 100 Games, # 98-100.

For a list of the games, as well as a place to buy them, go to www.thedicetower.com.

August 24, 2009
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Tom Vasel reviews Alhambra's fifth expansion, from Rio Grande Games.

To buy the game, go to http://tiny.cc/alhambra5

For more info and videos, go to www.thedicetower.com

August 21, 2009
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Tom and Melody put together their annual top 100 games of all times list!

This video is an intro to the 2009 series, as well as showing games # 101 - 200

To find out more info about these games, go to www.thedicetower.com

August 21, 2009
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Tom Vasel reviews Looting London from Gryphon Games

To buy the game, go to http://tiny.cc/lootinglondon

For more game information and other videos, visit www.thedicetower.com!

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