Although I can claim no relationship with Tom Vasel beyond listening to the Dice Tower podcast, I was saddened by the news that Tom lost his infant son, Jack. Like Tom, I recently had a son born prematurely. Unlike Tom, I was lucky, and Benjamin has turned out healthy so far. I think that, before I became a father, this may have been to me only another sad event. Instead, I am horrified that life can be so cruel and arbitrary. I think this is where I’m supposed to say something comforting, perhaps about a greater plan, but such words seem empty at times like this.
There is an auction running on BoardGameGeek to raise money to help the Vasels with hospital and funeral expenses. You should go see if there are any games you want to bid on.