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Android: Netrunner Demo & Tournament

Please note the date change!

 

Demo at 11 a.m., tournament at 1 p.m. You're welcome to learn the game beforehand (free), then jump right into the tournament. I should have 2-3 sets handy. Please come and teach the game too if you have time.

There'll be a $2 entry fee, with store credit as prizes.

RSVP is not required, but it'd be great if you do so and let me know if you're considering coming, so I have an idea of headcount.

 

From BGG,

Android: Netrunner is an asymmetrical Living Card Game for two players. Set in the cyberpunk future of Android and Infiltration, the game pits a megacorporation and its massive resources against the subversive talents of lone runners.

Corporations seek to score agendas by advancing them. Doing so takes time and credits. To buy the time and earn the credits they need, they must secure their servers and data forts with "ice". These security programs come in different varieties, from simple barriers, to code gates and aggressive sentries. They serve as the corporation's virtual eyes, ears, and machine guns on the sprawling information superhighways of the network.

In turn, runners need to spend their time and credits acquiring a sufficient wealth of resources, purchasing the necessary hardware, and developing suitably powerful ice-breaker programs to hack past corporate security measures. Their jobs are always a little desperate, driven by tight timelines, and shrouded in mystery. When a runner jacks-in and starts a run at a corporate server, he risks having his best programs trashed or being caught by a trace program and left vulnerable to corporate countermeasures. It's not uncommon for an unprepared runner to fail to bypass a nasty sentry and suffer massive brain damage as a result. Even if a runner gets through a data fort's defenses, there's no telling what it holds. Sometimes, the runner finds something of value. Sometimes, the best he can do is work to trash whatever the corporation was developing.

The first player to seven points wins the game, but not likely before he suffers some brain damage or bad publicity.

From me,

Do not be put off by the term 'Living Card Game'. Android: Netrunner is perfectly playable with just the base set (without worrying about building your own deck at all), and shines as a game where your in-game play truly matters, instead of taking a backseat to what you sprinkled into your deck. And this is one of the most thematic card games out there, with each side playing completely differently from the other and functioning as separate halves to a whole.

Designed by Richard Garfield in the '90s and often lauded as the best game he's ever designed (yes, including Magic: The Gathering!), this game has been brought back in Fantasy Flight Games' Living Card Game format, which offers the customization options for your deck without making you waste money on random-card booster packs. The expansion packs have not been released yet, which also means it's the best possible time to get into this game (instead of being intimidated by a large card-pool).

The tournament is 3 to 4 rounds of Swiss, no knock-out or final. Official tournament rules will be followed. Each round is allotted 75 minutes, and you're expected to complete 2 games in that time with your opponent, so each of you gets to play as both Runner and Corporation in each round. Only the core set can be used in this first tournament (no data packs!) -- you may use up to 3 core sets to build your decks.

 

Useful links

Android: Netrunner entry on BGG

Game rules

Tournament rules

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  • David F

    Thanks for making it out! Here are the results: http://boardgamegeek.com/article/10805076#[masked]

    December 17, 2012

  • Kweku

    Thanks David! That was fun! Got my arse kicked but learned a lot

    1 · December 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there for the tournament at 1.

    December 11, 2012

  • David F

    Andy (and other new players), I'll have 2-4 sets of Android: Netrunner to demo with beforehand at 11 a.m. Others are encouraged to come early and teach the game with their own copy too.

    November 30, 2012

  • David F

    On rescheduling: how many can make it on Dec 9 or Dec 15 instead? If it is a significantly larger #, I'll ask Games of Berkeley if it's possible.

    November 29, 2012

    • David F

      Currently, 5 more can make it if it's 15th (plus less cannibalization against Santa Clara), and 2-3 will drop if rescheduled. The rest are indifferent. Will wait till tonight for final decision; get your response in!

      November 29, 2012

    • David F

      Several more people can make it at the different date, and many more prefer for it to be moved, so the date has been changed. Please update your calendars and let me know if your attendance # has changed.

      November 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've played Net Runner with my bf and it's not too complicated but it can be really confusing. How do you plan on explaining instructions to the new players? Did you write up a quick guide? What about players that have questions during the tournament?

    Also, Board Game Geek says that it takes about 1 hour to play the game. Unless you've played Net Runner multiple times, it will still take you about 1+ hour to learn and play (and I have a decent amount of board gaming under my belt). Maybe you'll want to change the duration of each round?

    1 · November 28, 2012

    • David F

      I'll run demos beforehand for new people, and I won't play in the tournament, so I'll float around to answer to rule questions and keep the newbies (who don't dare to dive into the tournament) entertained. I'm assuming it'll be mostly experienced players in the tournament, so I set it as 75 minutes as 'training' for future events (since the official tournament rules say 75). If there are many new players in the tournament, I'll raise the time limit.

      November 28, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah, official rules. They always get ya. ;) Sounds like a good plan guys! Good luck with the tournament.

      November 28, 2012

  • Max

    Ha, I played this game as a kid and loved it! I still have all of my cards, decks, playing mats, etc. Bummer I cannot make this event--hopefully you host again some time.

    1 · November 28, 2012

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