User Profile for TimMierz
Tim Mierz
United States
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While I loved games all my life, it was upon receiving Puerto Rico for Christmas in college that really got me into modern board gaming. I like a variety of games: European, American, word, party...

What I've found to like most in a game is a mix of strategy and psychology. Hidden role games intrigue me, but often have too little strategy (Shadow Hunters, BANG!) or too much complication (Battlestar Galactica). Solitaire-ish Euros deliver for my strategic side but leave me longing for higher interaction. Oddly enough, two genres that deliver this mix the best are pretty different: quickly learnable perfect-information games (like Blokus Duo) and strategy games with hidden or partially-hidden goals (like Metropolys and Nexus Ops). Party games with strategy (like Inklings, Codenames and Wits & Wagers) are also good for this, but are rare.

Two other things I love are Cards That Do Stuff™ and variable player powers. These are also some of the hardest elements to balance. Games that combine these things well are some of the most fun to play, probably because of my CCG roots.

I'm a game designer. My game Malta! has been published by Z-Man Games and is now available, and Awesome Bots had a successful Kickstarter and is available as a Geek Fever Games product. Also available through Geek Fever Games are the party game Plus Word and the tactical duel Simply Adorable Slugfest, with more always in development.

I'm a definite Vlaada Chvatil fan. He makes games that are just so FUN, while being innovative and solid designs. While they run the gamut from the heavier Through the Ages to the lighter Codenames, they never fail to disappoint.

I love logging my plays. Stats rock. I only log face-to-face games, and not solo plays. I started logging May 12, 2008. Check out my Friendless Stats Page: http://friendless.servegame.org/dynamic/result/TimMierz

My Top 10 are my favorite games. My Hot 10 are games I want to play right now.

Last games played:

"Every game is somebody's favorite."

"Even if you read the rules thoroughly, sometimes you will miss something or forget about some rule. This is not a big problem. It's only a game and you learn from your mistakes." - Vlaada Chvatil, in the rules for Arena
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User Details for TimMierz
Registration Date: 2008-03-08
Last Profile Update: 2016-04-13
Last Login: 2016-05-02
Country: flag United States
State: Connecticut
Town/City: Middletown
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Collection Summary for TimMierz
Board Game
Owned   242
Previously Owned   22
For Trade   1
Want In Trade   1
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   60
Preordered   0
Wishlist   53
Commented   514
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   746
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Owned   57
Previously Owned   2
For Trade   1
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   1
Preordered   0
Wishlist   6
Commented   27
Has Parts   0
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All   74
Board Game 22
Board Game Designer 3
Board Game Artist 3
Board Game Publisher 3
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Sold 2
Rating 3
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Board Game Ratings 530
Average Rating 6.19
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7 148   (27.9%)
6 131   (24.7%)
5 63   (11.9%)
4 45   (8.5%)
3 17   (3.2%)
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1 11   (2.1%)
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Top 10
#1: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
#2: Nexus Ops
#3: Ascending Empires
#4: Summoner Wars
#5: Galaxy Trucker
#6: The Golems of Ymhet
#7: Space Alert
#8: Neuroshima Hex!
#9: Sticheln
#10: Metropolys
Hot 10
#1: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
#2: Runewars
#3: Automobile
#4: Mage Knight Board Game
#5: Montage
#6: Summoner Wars
#7: Graenaland
#8: Masquerade
#9: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
#10: Space Alert
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