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Tom Vasel is a reviewer of board games. A United States citizen who teaches and carries out Christian missionary work in South Korea, Vasel co-hosts a long-running and popular[1] gaming podcast titled The Dice Tower, and as of 2009 has posted over 1000 reviews on the internet database BoardGameGeek.[2]

As of August 2003, he taught mathematics at the International Christian School in Uijeongbu He assumed the role of Pastor of 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. Healey ha since left the show and been replaced by the show's voice-over man, Eric Summerer.

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 Summerer provide their top ten games in a particular category. Most shows start with Vasel and Summerer 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. [3][4]

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Preceded by
Rick Kelley
Pastor of Uijongbu Baptist Church
2007
Succeeded by
incumbent
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