- Tom Vasel
Tom Vasel is a reviewer of board games. A
United Statescitizen who teaches and carries out Christian missionarywork in South Korea, Vasel co-hosts a long-running and popularas of 2008 has posted over seven hundred reviews on the internet database BoardGameGeek. cite web|title=Tom Vasel's reviews on BoardGameGeek|url=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/browser.php?itemtype=thread&articletype=review&sortby=date&username=TomVasel|accessdate=2007-02-14 ] As of August 2003, he currently teaches mathematicsat the [http://ics-ujb.org/ International Christian School] in Uijeongbu, and recently assumed the role of Pastorof [http://www.ujbbc.com/ Uijongbu Baptist Church] , succeeding Pastor Rick Kelley on Sunday, 18 March 2007.
The Dice Tower
Since May 2005, Vasel has co-hosted "The Dice Tower", a podcast about
board games and wargames. Originally, Vasel represented players who prefer designer games, while Joe Steadman advocated for those who prefer wargames. Steadman left the show in May 2006 after the 50th episode. Vasel, hosting alone with occasional input from Sam Healey for a few shows, rearranged the format to include recorded segments by guest reviewers and players. Gradually Healey began to take a larger role and was eventually promoted to co-host.
Each episode of the podcast includes several regular segments and several occasional segments. The core of every episode is the "Gaming Top Ten", where Vasel and Healey provide their top ten games in a particular category. Most shows start with Vasel and Healey discussing the games that they have recently played. News from the boardgaming world usually follows, which is in turn followed by a segment from German contributor
Moritz Eggert. The podcast also features frequent contests, where listeners can enter to win one or more games from a sponsoring company.
The Dice Tower web site features past top-ten lists and Vasel's in-depth reviews of boardgames. Vasel's reviews are also used by board game publishers for promotion of their games. [Cite web |url=http://www.gifttrap.com/comments/tomvasel |title=Tom Vasel : GiftTRAP is a blast!] [cite web |url=http://www.otb-games.com/cineplexity/reviews/vasel.html |title=Cineplexity: The Dice Tower.com]
* [http://www.thedicetower.com/blog/ Tom Vasel] 's
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