2023 WSBG VEGAS VIPS
Guest of Honor
Tom Vasel is a podcaster, reviewer and game designer who has hosted The Dice Tower video show since 2003 and has rated about 7,000 games and expansions. When he lost his son, Jack Vasel, in 2011, he established the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund, a nonprofit that raises and distributes funds to help gamers in their time of need.
Camilla Cleghorn is an outdoor enthusiast and loves the mountains and any water sports. Camilla played her first modern board game in 2010 but didn’t delve into hobby gaming until 2017. Her favorite games are those that provide difficult and tense decision-making or thematic experiences.
Zee Garcia enjoys teaching at a high school level and did so for several years, focusing on theatrical performance and stagecraft. When it comes to board games, his favorites tend to be those that can be easily taught and enjoyed by a varied group of participants. For The Dice Tower, he shoots and edits reviews and Top Ten lists and participates in/produces Board Game Blender in addition to many other tasks. And yes, he loves it!
Paula Deming is the creator of “Things Get Dicey“ a sketch comedy series for people who love board games! That’s right–these weird jokes are JUST FOR YOU. Originally from North Carolina, Paula is an actress and improvisor living in Los Angeles. When she isn’t hanging raw meat from her ceiling for a sweet Rocky reference in a sketch, she’s hosting “On The Radar” and “Table For 1” for Watch It Played, streaming board games and video games on Twitch, and co-hosting the comedy podcasts This Game is Broken and Death By Monsters. Somehow she still finds time to play Modern Art, Cascadia, Space Base, or whatever else you sit her in front of.
Miklos (Mik) Fitch
Mik and Starla from Our Family Plays Games – Our Family Plays Games, LLC is a family-owned business whose mission is to promote growth and awareness of the modern board game hobby. From day one, their goal has been to bring more BIPOCs and families into the board game hobby. They launched on social media in 2018 which helped them establish themselves in the hobby. In January of 2020, they started posting videos on YouTube and by June 2020 were contacted by and featured on Good Morning America.
Since then, they have been featured on several programs and in publications, such as – NBC News Online, Senet Magazine (UK), Ligadas.com (Brazil), a variety of YouTube programs, podcasts, and on local television in Omaha, NE. In January 2022, they launched a second program on their channel, called OFPG Voices to highlight other underrepresented voices in the hobby. In addition, they make special appearances at board game conventions all around the country.