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Android: Netrunner – Living Card Game

Greetings,

Afternoon!  This blog is about Fantasy Flight Games game called ‘Android: Netrunner’. It’s based in the Cyberpunk world (ie William Gibsons books, Neuromancer etc) where Corporations run the world.  I love playing Cyberpunk games, so this is why I wanted this one when I heard it had been released.

Netrunner-BoxI got bought this last year (for my birthday) but never spent any real time looking into it.  I’m not the worlds biggest fan of card games but with a semi-regular card game night down at a local pub and less time to play wargames I decided to open up the box and have a look and see if it’s something I can get my teeth into.

In the 1990’s I used to play a bit of MTG, but a lot of Star Trek and the original Netrunner game (Wizards of the Coast).  Recently I’ve played a number of games, so I hope I have an interest in this, shall we find out?

First off the box, it’s rather huge for a card game (29.5cm x 29.cm x 7cm/11.5′ x 11.5′ x 3′), but the quality of the box is excellent I think.  The cardboard used has a texture and the quality printed that you expect from Fantasy Flight Games plus the cardboard is thick which is good.  Last thing about it is, how heavy is the box? The answer, not that heavy, I’d say about 1.5kg.

Anyway if I suspect correctly, it’ll mostly be empty space – so let’s open it and find out. Here are a number of pictures that’s inside the box.

So what do you get?

  • Rulebook – Full colour, 36 pages and sized as USA Letter (215.9mm × 279.4mm)
  • Sheet of Cardboard Tokens – Full colour, printed on both sides, same size as the box and 3mm thick
  • Fantasy Flight Games catalogue (small booklet showing of their other games)
  • Card Decks – Full colour – 252 cards in total (134 Corporation Cards, 114 Runner Cards, 2 Click Tracker and 2 Reference Cards)
  • Empty Space – lots of it!

Ok so let’s go into a bit more detail.

The token sheet is nice and thick, around 3mm and all the counters are punched out already so are super easy to move and you wanted, fit back inside the sheet for putting it away.  I won’t be doing this.  A simple sealable plastic bag will suffice and won’t be as fiddly or time consuming.

Now the main box, and I was correct.  Here you get the 2 card decks almost lost upon the empty space and cardboard filler.  I’ve turned the cardboard filler upside down so you can see how much space it actually takes.

This kind of thing bugs me.  I know they want their products to be noticed on the shelf but seriously, no need for such a large box…. well perhaps not at first inspection.  But what happens if you intend to increase your card collection and thus require more storage?  Well you can fit it all into the box and with a simple bit of modification can make a decent job of it (a future post).

So here we have pictures of the two card decks.  My thoughts are that these cards are very thin and will easily get damaged.  So a purchase of some card protectors would seem to be paramount if this game is to be played a lot.  That is very common and I plan to do that, it’s not that costly but make sure you find card protectors that can be shuffled.  That’s very very important.

Now swiftly we come to my over all feel of the game now that I’ve read the rules.  The rules seem to be easy to follow, but are written in a manner where important bits can easily be overlooked.  The quality of the rulesbook is good.  It’s going to survive many a thumbing through but on it’s own it’s not good enough for you to learn how to play the game.

I suggest you watch this video as it does a pretty good job.  FFG are doing a decent job of these, so I’d recommend with any of their games that you play along with the video.

Right that’s enough for this introduction to Netrunner.  Next post will be explaining and my comments on game play plus I’m looking into storage for my now increasing number of cards I have.

Until then, cheers
MBM

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  1. […] simply this post is beyond trying to teach you all that.  I suggest you view my last post with the Video in it or better still, go out and buy it and play it to learn the rules, however […]

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