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Howdy folks! I'm Tom Vasel, and every week me (and sometimes the other guys from the Dice Tower) do a live Q & A session.

We often get the same questions over and over and over. So I thought it might be handy to make a FAQ that answers some of these frequently asked questions here, for reference.

This will be a "living" FAQ, and I'll add more questions as I think of them.

So let's get started!
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1. Board Game: Peer Review [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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How do I get a game reviewed by the Dice Tower? What is the fee for doing so?

There is no fee for us reviewing a game. But we do follow these guidelines.

- The game must be fully published, no prototypes or print-on-demand.
- It must be post-Kickstarter.
- There is no guarantee that we'll review it, but we will certainly give it a chance, and we do review a ton of games, so your chances are good!
- The best way to get your game reviewed is to contact us at dicetower@gmail.com and I'll give you more information.
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2. Board Game: Gears of War: Judgement – Survival [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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What do the seals of approval / excellence mean?

If a game is rated between "6" and "7.5", it gets the seal of approval. If it is rated between "8" and "10", it gets the seal of excellence. If ANY of our reviewers gives it this score, it can get the seal, regardless of what the other reviewers think.

Publishers are free to use the seals at no charge, simply contact us for a high resolution image.
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3. Board Game: Time 'n' Space [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:3041]
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When are you going to review _______? Why haven't you reviewed __________ yet?

We will do our best to have the most comprehensive review selection out there. But there are some games which none of us is interested / feels qualified to do. So not every game is going to get reviewed. We also have a pretty strict family-friendly policy, so any "adult" game is automatically excluded.

As for when we review a game, it's a lot of work! We have three full time reviewers and put out an average of 15-20 reviews a week, but even that's not enough to keep up with the load. So be patient with us, the reviews of those hot games are likely coming soon!
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4. Board Game: Fire When Ready [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:9288]
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I like game _______ and game _______. Which is better? What games should I buy? What do you think of this game?

We simply cannot answer every personal request for a few reasons.

1. Time
2. We really don't know you well enough to make that call.
3. That's the reason we do our reviews and top tens!

But really, your best bet is to go the Dice Tower guild and ask there. Friendly people will give you a VARIETY of great answers and help you out.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/24
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5. Board Game: Geeks: The Convention [Average Rating:4.65 Overall Rank:12554]
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What is your role in regards to Dice Tower Con?

The best way to look at me in regards to the convention is to consider me as its "host." We run the game shows, we go around and generally try to make sure everyone has an amazing time.

But the convention is run by Patrick Havert and an excellent team of people. They do most of the work, handle the finances, etc. We work hard at the convention itself, but they work hard all year 'round to make the convention as good as it is.
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6. Board Game: Seven Sisters: Charity Promo Card [Average Rating:5.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.82 Unranked]
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What is your role in regards to the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund?

I am the President of both the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund and the Dice Tower, but they are completely separate entities.

The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund, named for my son who passed away in 2011, is to help gamers in their time of need. A committee of nine folks in the gaming industry and a host of volunteers do our best to expedite financial help to those in need.

You can find out more at www.jackvasel.org
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7. Board Game: Time's Up! [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:334]
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How many times do you play a game before reviewing it?

As many times as it takes.
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8. Board Game: The Flea Market Game [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
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What do you do with the game you don't keep after you review them?

First pick usually goes to those who helped me playtest the games. After that, the remainder are packed up and sold at a cheap flea market at Dice Tower Con.

I don't sell them through mail, or donate them, or anything else because logistics are a pain, and this adds something special to Dice Tower Con.
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9. Board Game: The BoardGameGeek Game [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3705]
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How many games are in your collection?

I have around 350 games in my collection, or basically whatever fits on my shelf. When I add a new game to my collection, a game of the same size is usually on the way out.
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10. Board Game: Korea '95 [Average Rating:6.55 Unranked]
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Why/how long were in you Korea?

I went to South Korea as a teacher/missionary in 2001 and was there for almost a decade, teaching English as a second language, High school math in an international school, and pastoring a church.

I miss Korea very much (we had to leave because my daughter Clara had medical problems) and would love to go back some day!

We now reside in Homestead, Florida.
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11. Board Game: Shut the Front Door [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Where did the phrase "Shut the Door" come from?

I said it during recording to one of my kids who had burst in on me during a session. It was accidentally left in the final video. Rather than admit my mistake, I started saying it more and it eventually just became a "thing."
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12. Board Game: Die Fighting II [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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What is the name of the Dice Guy in the Dice Tower videos? What does he say when he falls down the tower?

His name is Chuck the die.

He says gibberish. Really, it's nothing.
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13. Board Game: Punched! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Is Sam that mean in real life? Is Zee that funny in real life?

No, and yes.

Sam also does not ever punch people in the throat. The next person to ask that question, though....
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14. Board Game: Game of the Little Volunteer [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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How can I be involved in the Dice Tower?

To be a dice tower reviewer, contributor to the podcast, Board Game Breakfast or Board Game Blender, email us at dicetower@gmail.com and we'll start an "audition" process of sorts.

To join the Dice Tower Network? Well, we're currently capped out at the moment and not adding new shows until some current ones leave/pod fade.

To help out with Dice Tower news? YES, just email us again at dicetower@gmail.com and we'll get you plugged in.

To help out in other ways? YES, but it's very helpful if you have an idea of what you want to do to help us. We have a lot of things, and we're always looking for ways to streamline the process.
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15. Board Game: Geeks: The Convention [Average Rating:4.65 Overall Rank:12554]
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What conventions are you going to? How do I see you at a convention?

First of all, please stop us and say hi when you see us at a convention. Even if we are tired and exhausted, we always want to make time to say hello to our friends. And if we nod off during a conversation, or have to run to another location, it's not you - it's us!

At each convention, we usually have a live show - so come out for those, and we often have a booth, so stop by there!

Here is our list of upcoming conventions: (for 2017)


UK Gaming Expo, June (Tom, Sam) - live show, booth
Origins, June (Tom, Eric, Zee, Sam) - live show, booth
Dice Tower Convention, July (everyone!) - live show
Gen Con, August (everyone!) - live show, booth
GrandCon, September (Tom, Zee) - live show
Essen, October (Tom, Eric, Zee, Sam) - live show, booth
PAX Unplugged, November (Tom, Zee, Sam) - booth
Dice Tower Cruise, December (everyone!) - live show
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How tall is Tom? How many kids do you have?

I have seven children (Melody, Amy, Holly, Clara, Violet, Ruby, and Jimmy) and two in Heaven (Jack, Sunny).

I am 6'4" (193 cm).
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17. Board Game: Let's learn the Calendar [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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When is Game ________ coming out? Is Game _________ getting a reprint?

Either

A: I don't know

or

B: I know, but can't make that information public

or

C: They've announced it and you can find it at www.dicetowernews.com or here at www.boardgamegeek.com
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You said you really liked Game ________ but it wasn't in your top 100 or in your collection!

The fact is, hundreds of good games come our every year. I've played thousands of games, and only have room for 300. And only 100 make my list! That means they are the best of the best, but it doesn't invalidate all of the other ones. A plethora of amazing games!
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What is Vasel's law?

Vasel's law says

"If a game is truly a great game, and is out of print - it will eventually (usually within 10-15 years) be reprinted."

also

"If a game isn't reprinted, and no one is interested in reprinting it - it wasn't that great of a game."

Exceptions: Legalities and IP problems can prevent this from happening. Also, a different version of the game may prevent the original from being reprinted (and usually most people will agree that the newer version is better, with a loud minority saying otherwise.)


Practically: If someone tells you a game is AMAZING and it's out of print, don't spend a ton of money getting it. Wait for the reprint. And if it's never reprinted, you really aren't missing anything.
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