Android: Netrunner

Following the announcement that Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) is ending Android: Netrunner The Card Game, fans of the other Living Card Games (LCG) produced by FFG may have some concerns.  Fantasy Flight released a blog post on the topic in order to provide additional perspective.

The post is primarily a ‘Question & Answer’ style format.  FFG Head of Studio, Andrew Navaro, and Card Game Manager, Mercedes Opheim, provide their thoughts on LCGs in general, current production approaches, and how things are evolving going forward.  Developers for games like Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game, Arkham Horror: The Card Game and The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, weigh in on their respective games with thoughts on how the past year progressed, current challenges for each game, and what to expect in the upcoming year.

You can read the entire blog post here.

Due to the upcoming expiration of their current licensing term, Fantasy Flight Games has announced that starting October 22, 2018, they will no longer offer any Android: Netrunner The Card Game products for sale, including playmats and card sleeves.

However, before the end, there is one more expansion being released: Reign and Reverie deluxe expansion. This expansion will include cards for every faction and celebrates all things Android: Netrunner. With the end of Android: Netrunner The Card Game, Organized Play will also be drawing to a close and more information for Organized Play and the final Android: Netrunner World Championship can be found here.

Fantasy Flight Games launched Android: Netrunner The Card Game in 2012 and has given players a total of two core sets, a campaign expansion, five deluxe expansions, and eight cycles of Data Packs. Not all is lost for the worlds of Android, as Fantasy Flight Games stated that those worlds will continue to be explored in future products. To read more, including thoughts from Lead Developer Michael Boggs and Head of Studio Andrew Navaro, click here.

Fantasy Flight Games have announced the release of the Reign and Reverie expansion, the new deluxe expansion for Android: Netrunner. It will be a 156-card expansion (three copies each of 49 new cards and 9 unique, single-copy cards), featuring new cards for all 10 factions and set in the new landscape of ChiLo, a megalopolis in the Midwest.

Fused through hard labor and organized crime, the Midwest metropolis of ChiLo teeters between dream and nightmare. As a megalopolis, ChiLo represents infinite opportunities for the souls wandering its streets. But they must always be careful who they cross. Nearly every district of the city is ruled by a different kingpin, each deciding on the laws and liberties provided to his or her loyal servants. [source]

 

Fantasy Flight Games are touting this as the perfect companion to the new, 2nd edition version of Android: Netrunner as it features cards for all 10 factions, a new console for every major runner faction, a new identity for all seven major factions, and a new agenda for every corp.

One of the featured cards is DJ Fenris which allows runners to gain the text of a g-mod identity that does not match the identity of your runner. This single card opens up a range of new deck-building opportunities.

For more card previews and additional information about the new deluxe expansion check the Fantasy Flight Games news release. No release date details have been mentioned.

Fantasy Flight Games announces Threads of Fate, its first mythos pack expansion to Arkham Horror: The Card Game – The Forgotten Age.

The Forgotten Age took players deep into the rainforests of southern Mexico to discover the remains of an Aztec city.  During the investigation, players uncovered a priceless artifact and had to decide how to protect it.  In Threads of Fate, those decisions continue to have consequences. It begins with a choice of three tasks that must be completed in a limited time. Threads of Fate include twenty-four additional Act card, broken into three different Act decks playing all at once and will vary depending on who was last in the possession of the relic.  The Mythos Pack also includes several new player cards which will shape the rest of the campaign. Two of the cards previewed with the announcement are Arcane Research, which reduces the experience cost of the first spell card upgraded before the next scenario, and Shrewd Analysis, which allows the upgrade of a second copy of any Unidentified or Untranslated card at no experience cost. Threads of Fate is available for pre-order now.

Available now is the latest data pack for the Android Universe.  Council of the Crest, the third Data Pack in the Kitara Cycle for Android Netrunner, features three copies each of twenty new cards full of new tools for runners and corporations and a new NBN identity.  Included in the data pack are a handful of viruses, both subtle and bold, for Anarch’s to disrupt corporate systems, as well as corporate operations to turn a runner tools against the hacker.  The data pack features a new Sunny Lebeau card who can trigger a White Hat trace that may reveal opponent capabilities and provide an opportunity for Sunny to eliminate options and disrupt an opponent’s plan.

Fantasy Flight Games have announced that the Data Pack, Down the White Nile, for the Android: Netrunner the Living Card Game is now available.

On the shores of Lake Victoria sits the city of Jinja, a population hub poised to explode with economic activity. The site of a potential second beanstalk to the stars, the burgeoning city has attracted an army of workers. But what secrets does the city of Jinja hold? What threads of truth can be found down the White Nile.[source]

This is the second data pack in the Kitara Cycle. It includes a new Shaper identity, viruses to spread chaos, and new tools for the corporation to use against the runner.

Android: Netrunner is a tactical, asymmetrical, two-player card game in which one player is a futuristic hacker (called a runner) who launches attacks on a mega-corporation controlled by the other player. In order to fully utilize this Data Pack you will need to own a copy of the core set as well as the first Data Pack in the cycle, Sovereign Sight. Further details can be found on the Fantasy Flight Games website.

Arkham Horror: The Card Game will also be getting a Deluxe Expansion to kick off the next cycle of game packs. The Forgotten Age Deluxe Expansion sees 1-4 players head into the jungles of Southern Mexico with five new investigators to tackle two new scenarios.

We think we know the history of the Earth, but there are secrets that lie beyond our reckoning and truths that could undo our entire understanding of the universe. When renowned historian Alejandro Vela discovers one of these secrets, the ruins of an ancient and forgotten Aztec city, it sets into motion a plot that could unravel the very fabric of time. [source]

In the first scenario, the team of investigators will search for a forgotten Aztec city-state in the jungles of Southern Mexico. A new “Explore” action has been added which players can initiate with an “activate” action and has players draw from a new, separate, exploration deck. The change in locale is dramatically different from previous cycles. A copy of the core set is required in order to play this expansion.

A preview of the new investigator, Ursula Downs, and more details regarding the game’s contents can be found on the Fantasy Flight Games website.

Fantasy Flight Games have announced The Devil and the Dragon, the fourth Data Pack in the Kitara Cycle for Android: Netrunner. This Data Pack includes three copies of twenty new cards and focuses on the Criminal and Weyland Consortium identities.

The Sub-Saharan League in the world of Android is further explored:

“The establishment of the Sub-Saharan League has launched Africa to a new position as a center of technological advancement. Fueling this hotbed of innovation is the Weyland Consortium—with their SSO Industries subsidiary proven to be a profitable venture. Despite their contributions to the SSL, SSO Industries has been shut out of construction for the potential second beanstalk on the banks of Lake Victoria. What plans does Weyland have for this beanstalk, and will their focus distract them from the Runners on the fringe, waiting for a chance to strike?”

You will need to own a copy of the Revised Android: Netrunner Core Set in order to use this Data Pack in a tournament legal deck, or the original Android: Netrunner Core Set for standard play. It is currently available for pre-order from your local retailer or from the Fantasy Flight Games website.

Amigo Spiel and Freizeit GmbH has launched Carnival of Monsters by famed designer Richard Garfield on Kickstarter. Currently at just over 45,000 Euro with 26 days remaining, Kicktraq has estimated the game trending towards 245,000 Euro which would be 100% of the goal amount. The anticipated shipping date for the game is August 2018.

The standard edition of the game requires a 45 Euro pledge, while the deluxe edition runs for 65 Euro and the Artist edition comes in at 99 Euro.

While best known for his work creating Magic: The Gathering, Richard Garfield has designed a long list of incredibly popular games including King of Tokyo, Androit: Netrunner, RoboRally and King of New York.

In his newest game, Garfield has brought the concept of lands back to card drafting. In Carnival of Monsters players will hunt the monsters legends are made of during the games four seasons.  Players will start with a limited number of Lands which are used to play Monsters.

Step right up, my lords and ladies, and prepare to be mystified by the most bizarre, the most exotic, the most fantastic sights you have ever yet to behold! Step behind this curtain—for the merest, tiniest contribution—and your world will be changed forever! For this is the Carnival of Monsters, and it offers a world of wonders!

Carnival of Monsters is recommended for 2-5 players aged 10 and up and takes around 45 minutes to play. Rules are already available to download.

Gameplay

At the beginning of each season players will be dealt eight cards which will include Monsters, additional Lands, or other cards that can improve the carnival. All players draft a single card, passing the rest to their neighbor. The card is then either played immediately or a player can pay a coin to save it for later play.

More lands allow players to bring out larger monsters. Every monster played is worth more end game points. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

The standard edition of the game will include 240 cards

A Long History of Artists

The artists who are contributing to the project in combination have illustrated over 1,000 Magic: The Gathering cards in the past 25 years. The artists include:

  • John Avon – Cover & Logo Artist
  • Larry Elmore – Staff Cards Artist
  • Jesper Myrfors – Artist for Darkland Faction
  • Ron Spencer – Artist for Dreamlands Faction
  • Mark Tedin – Artist for Enchanted Forest Faction
  • Nene Thomas – Artist for Aerie Faction
  • Drew Tucker – Artist for Depths Faction
  • Pete Venters – Artist for Caves Faction

Cards are available to download and view.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced plans to release a Revised Core Set for Android: Netrunner The Card Game. Along with a revised core set will come significant changes to tournament play.

Based on the original card game by legendary designer Richard Garfield, Android: Netrunner The Card Game remains an asymetrical two player card game set in a dystopian Android future where subversive netrunners face off against the monolithic megacorps in an effort to control data.

 

The more things change, the more they stay the same

The concept of Android: Netrunner remains the same. one player assumes control of a monolithic megacorporation and it’s near infinite resources. A second player take on the role of a “runner,” a cybercriminal attempting to bypass the megacorporation’s defenses and steal data. Corps gain points by advancing agendas, while runners steal points by stealing agendas from the corps. Both sides attempt to gain their points through clever card play and use of hidden information.

What cards are available to you and to your opponent set the stage for this showdown. The Revised Core Set will include 247 player cards, 133 Corps cards and 144 Runner cards to do battle with.

What’s New?

While the Revised Core Set creates a new entry point for Android: Netrunner, it does not introduce any new cards into the game. Players who own the original Core Set along with the Data Packs available in the Genesis Cycle and the Spin Cycle will already own everything available. While card art and quantities of cards vary from those in the Core Set and Data Packs, the actual card abilities and text will remain the same.

Changes to Tournament Play

With thousands of cards now in the Netrunner universe, the incredible growth of the game has also created a card pool so large it has created a barrier to new players and in developing new strategies. Similar to other LCG and CCG formats, Netrunner Tournament Play has introduced a system refresh system that will mean older products will no longer be tournament legal as new cards are introduced.

For Netrunner Standard Play, five to seven cycles of Data Packs will be the limit to what is now legal. Whenever an eighth cycle would be added to the standard pool, the two oldest cycles are rotated out of Standard Play.

The new changes to legal play take effect October 1st. Effective October 1st tournament play will consist of the new Revised Core Set and the following expansions:

  • Creation and Control
  • Honor and Profit
  • Order and Chaos
  • Data and Destiny
  • Terminal Directive (player cards only)
  • Lunar Cycle Data Packs
  • SanSan Cycle Data Packs
  • Mumbad Cycle Data Packs
  • Flashpoint Cycle Data Packs
  • Red Sand Cycle Data Pack

5 Years of Running

Android: Netrunner the Card Game has only been around for the past 5 years, released in 2012. While a reimplementation of the original 1996 Netrunner game by Richard Garfield, the 2012 edition proved much more popular. Award for the new game included:

Dice Tower Top 10 lists that have featured the revised game over the past 5 years include:

Z-Man Games has announced plans to release Spynet, a new card game by famed designer Richard Garfield.

As a spymaster your task is to dominate the espionage trade by recruiting undercover intelligence agents to complete missions. Two to Four players can either work alone or with teammates to gather all the necessary information required to recruit agents and disrupt the plans of their opponents in this card drafting game.

Game Play

The deck in play contains agents, funding and missions. Players take turns drafting cards from a series of face down row of cards. A player can look at the first card (or stack of cards if there are multiple cards in that spot in the row) and take the card(s) or return them back to the row. If you put them back you can look at the second stack of cards, the third stack etc. Once you take a stack you add one card to each empty spot in the row of cards as well as to each stack that you looked at but did not choose, sweetening the stack for future players.

Having the knowledge of passed over cards means players will know at least a little about what cards their opponents are collecting. Success in building your agency will require paying attention to what your opponent is gathering while at the same time doing your best to hide your own intentions.

Players can lay down multiple cards in a turn, playing one agent in any of the four espionage fields (tech, infiltration, counterespionage or enforcement), attaching any number of funding cards to boost the power of that agent, and one mission card in each of the espionage fields the player currently has the highest power in. Complete enough missions and you can claim the title of ultimate spymaster.

Spynet is scheduled for a 2017 release.

Richard Garfield & Z-Man Games

Richard Garfield (whose birthday its later this month –  June 26!) is a game designer and mathematics professor who is best known for creating the card game Magic: The Gathering. Garfield is also the designer of the games RoboRally, Netrunner, King of Tokyo, Android:Netrunner, King of New York and many more.

Originally founded in 1999 to publish the card game Shadowfist, Z-Man Games has gone on to publish over 100 additional games including Pandemic and Pandemic Legacy as well as the english translations to Carcassonne and Agricola.

 

terminal-directie

First we had a campaign expansion for the Star Wars Armada game, and now FFG is releasing a campaign expansion for their best selling LCG, Android Netrunner.  The expansion is called Terminal Directive and follows the case of a serial killer who is heavily augmented, and people are beginning to suspect it’s the work of a Bioroid.  But that can’t happen, the First Directive prevents such a thing from occurring and if they can break that directive, things can get very messy very quickly.

terminal-directive-card

In the campaign you will choose to be either the runner or the Corp, and that is who you will be for the entirety of the campaign.  Each side will have a deck of cards that they reveal at certain times like the deck inside Pandemic Legacy to give them new cards and objectives.  There is also a dashboard to keep track of your progress and changes you will have to make as you progress through the matches, turning Netrunner into a pseudo legacy style game.  So shuffle up those decks and get in some practice as you wait for the expansion to hit stores in Q1 of 2017, and you can check out the preview on FFG’s website.