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

January 24, 2011
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In this episode, we talk about the upcoming year 2011, start a new contest for Yomi and Puzzle Strike, and discuss several new games. Dexter and the Chief talk about SWAT, Eric Herman goes over some iPod Games, Eric reviews Pirate Fluxx, and Tom reviews Merchants and Marauders.

January 20, 2011
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Tom Vasel reviews Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space

You can buy the game here: http://tinyurl.com/aliensinouterspace

For a great audio podcast about board games, check out www.thedicetower.com

January 20, 2011
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Tom Vasel reviews Dive! Diver! Die!

For more reviews, or a great audio board game podcast, check out www.thedicetower.com

January 20, 2011
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Tom Vasel reviews Launch Pad

For more reviews, or a great audio show about board games, check out www.thedicetower.com

January 20, 2011
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January 19, 2011
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Tom Vasel reviews Sub Hereos

To hear about more games, or check out our audio podcast about board games, check out www.thedicetower.com

January 19, 2011
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Tom and Melody Vasel review Gold Mine

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

For more info, and a great audio podcast about board games, check out www.thedicetower.com

January 14, 2011
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Do you like the Dice Tower Videos? Here's how to donate, and a gift we'd like to give those who do.

Paypal us at tomvasel@gmail.com

Find a link here: http://www.thedicetower.com/thedicetower/index.php/more/donate

January 13, 2011
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Tom Vasel reviews the expansion Carson City: A New Beginning

To buy this game, go to http://tinyurl.com/carsoncitybegin

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

January 13, 2011
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Tom Vasel reviews Memoir '44: Winter Wars and Breakthrough maps from Days of Wonder

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

For more reviews check out www.thedicetower.com

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