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

September 6, 2011
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We look at this re-release of a party game.

Buy it at http://tinyurl.com/coyotegame

For more videos and reviews, check out www.dicetower.com

September 6, 2011
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Tom and Melody look at this expansion/full game from Asmodee.

Buy it at http://tinyurl.com/dixitodyssey

For more videos and games, check out www.dicetower.com

September 5, 2011
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Tom Vasel takes a look at this new card game from Fantasy Flight Games

Buy it at http://tinyurl.com/bloodbowlcardgame

For more info and reviews, check out www.dicetower.com

September 5, 2011
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Tom and Melody take a look at this quick playing dice game.

Buy the game here: http://tinyurl.com/bearsgame

You can also find out more info about the game here: www.dicetower.com

September 2, 2011
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Sam and Tom take a look at this new game from Wizkids.

For more games and videos, check out www.dicetower.com

September 2, 2011
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Tom and Melody takea look at the reprint of this game by Mayday Games

Buy the gme here: http://tinyurl.com/getbitgame

For more videos and game reviews, check out www.dicetower.com

August 26, 2011
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Tom Vasel and Sam Healey review Skull and Roses

Buy the game here: http://tinyurl.com/skullandroses

Find more reviews and videos at www.dicetower.com

August 26, 2011
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Tom Vasel looks at the first expansion for 7 Wonders from Asmodee

Buy the game here: http://tinyurl.com/7wondersleaders

Check out more videos and reviews here: www.dicetower.com

August 25, 2011
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Tom and Melody check out this game from Minion Games.

Purchase the game here: http://tinyurl.com/gravebusiness

For more videos and info, check out www.dicetower.com

August 25, 2011
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Tom looks at the latest expansion for Survive!

Buy it at http://tinyurl.com/survive56

For more info and reviews, check out www.dicetower.com

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