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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.

Customer Reviews

A must have for cyberpunk fans Review by Chris D
LHSimon described the game itself nicely. What's hard to sum up is the atmosphere of the game. The artwork and small snippets of "fluff" are fantastic. I bought into Netrunner simply because you don't have to keep buying expansions to play.... But they're just so pretty that I have to get them. And it all just helps you immerse in the game.

It's hard to describe the feeling of playing a corporation, and having a hand full of points that the runner can steal from you, and trying to look calm on the outside as they announce a run (hack) against you, hoping your firewalls can keep them out. You sweat as they randomly take a card from your hand - will it give them the winning points?

As the runner (hacker), knowing that both sides need one more point to win, you need to do something, NOW, but what does the Corp have hidden back there? Is it a trap that's going to trash your system, possibly leaving you with brain damage? You've got some protection, but you can't afford the time to build it any further, it's now or never.

The bluffing of the Corp. The desperation of the runner, the tension of the end game, it's all just a perfect balance. (Posted on 18/06/2015)
Netrunner: It's Awesome Review by LHSimon
Netrunner is a 2-player, asymmetrical, living card game. And it is awesome.

One player takes the role of a mega-corporation, and the other player is the hacker trying to ruin all of the corp's carefully laid plans. Each role has completely different cards and plays by different rules, making it unlike most other collectable card games, and a lot of fun. It also means that you always have enough cards for two people to play.

The core box also has a complete set of tokens and the rules - everything you need to start playing.

The actual game play has an "I go, you go" format. On a player's turn, the player has a set number of actions they can take (play a card, get some money, advance a card, make a run, etc), then the other player takes their actions. The corporation is trying to play and score agenda cards, and the runner is trying to steal the agenda cards from the corporation player. The first one to get 7 points of agendas wins.

The core box comes with four different corporations and three different runners, each of which has it's own decklist and playstyle. So there's a lot of variety to try before you even think about building a custom deck. Then there are a number of big-box expansions, and lots of smaller "datapack", which add more cards and new identities to the game. The Living Card Game model means that unlike other collectable card games like Magic the Gathering, you always know exactly what cards are in an expansion. So getting into Netrunner isn't signing yourself up for endless expense and hundreds of copies of the same card.

Netrunner is a fantastic game, and well worth picking up. (Posted on 28/05/2015)

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