netrunner

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.

 

mainframe

Fantasy Flight Games has a diverse product line that seems to focus on their board Living Card Game (LCG) line along with several different products centered in the Star Wars universe. Well, today, they announced a new direction branching from their popular Android: Netrunner LCG series. Android: Mainframe is going to be a new strategy board game, for 2-4 players, based on the Android: Netrunner universe. It will be fast-paced (typical games running 30 minutes or less).

t the beginning of the game, you arrive at the Titan mainframe, and you mark your arrival by the placement of your first access point. Then, each turn, you get to take a single action: you can establish another access point, execute a program, or pass. Your goal is to use the programs at your disposal to secure your access points so that they control as many of Titan’s vulnerable accounts as possible.

To learn more about the game you can head over to FFG here for their official announcement.

2015-storechamp-logo

Fantasy Flight Games is planning another big year for store championship events with many of their popular miniature and Living Card Games (LCGs) seeing tournament play throughout the year. Will your friendly local game store be involved? Check out the lists of participating stores divided by game:

A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
Android: Netrunner
Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game
Star Wars: The Card Game
Warhammer: Diskwars
Warhammer 40,000: Conquest
X-Wing

The FFG Games Center in Roseville, MN will be hosting several store championship events as well with five tournaments scheduled through Q1 2015.

  • January 31 – Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game
  • January 31 – X-Wing
  • February 28 – A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
  • March 7 – Android: Netrunner
  • March 28 – Warhammer 40,000: Conquest

For more details and to get involved in 2015’s store championships, head over to FFG’s site for the full announcement.

winter tournament kits

Android: Netrunner LCG Winter 2014 Tournament Kit
Bring the high-stakes cyberstruggles of Android: Netrunner to your store, and tap into your local player base with Winter 2014 Tournament Kits! Based on Netrunner, Richard Garfield’s classic card game, Android: Netrunner pits runner against megacorp in a near future dystopian society.

The Winter 2014 Android: Netrunner Tournament Kit contains everything you need to run an Android: Netrunner tournament or league, including alternate art versions of two of the game’s most popular cards: Plascrete Carapace and the corp ID Weyland: Building a Better World. Along with these exclusive cards, the Winter 2014 Tournament Kit also contains a custom playmat, four deck boxes featuring Weyland, a promotional poster, and an informational pamphlet.

cthulhu tourn kit

Call of Cthulhu LCG: Winter 2014 Tournament Kit
Summon powers from beyond space and time! The Winter 2014 Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game Tournament Kits support your local Call of Cthulhu player base.

Each kit contains exclusive alternate art versions of two of the game’s most popular cards: Victoria Glasser and Terrors in the Dark, plus four Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game deck boxes featuring investigators grappling with a Dark Young. Inside each kit you’ll also find a custom Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game playmat, an informational pamphlet, and a promotional poster.

game of thrones tourn kit

A Game of Thrones LCG: Winter 2014 Tournament Kit
Winter 2014 Tournament Kits for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game transport players to a Westeros scarred by warring kings. Each kit contains exclusive alternate art versions of two of the game’s most popular cards: The Winds of Winter and Jon Snow, along with a custom playmat.

You’ll also find A Game of Thrones deck boxes featuring the Wildlings, as well as an informational pamphlet and a promotional poster.

star wars tourn kit

Star Wars LCG: 2014 Winter Tournament Kit
Make your store a hub of excitement and galactic confrontation with Winter 2014 Star Wars: The Card Game Tournament Kits! Each Tournament Kit comes with materials to run a tournament in your store. In addition to a custom playmat, informational pamphlet, and a promotional poster, the Winter 2014 Star Wars: The Card Game Tournament Kit features alternate art versions of two of the game’s most popular cards: Leia Organa and Emperor’s Royal Guard. Inside each kit, you’ll also find four Star Wars deck boxes featuring the Scum and Villainy faction.

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Star Wars X-Wing: 2014 Winter Tournament Kit
Climb into the cockpit and lead your local X-Wing player community into a dogfight! The Winter 2014 X-Wing Tournament Kit includes a range of prizes and resources to help you run a tournament in your store. Reward the top competitor with an attractive medal, and offer other contenders custom acrylic tokens or alternate art cards for Imperial and Rebel pilots featuring stills from the Star Wars movies!

The Winter 2014 Tournament Kit also includes four X-Wing card boxes, featuring the Millenium Falcon. What’s more, you can learn how to run your own tournament with the included informational pamphlet and draw players in with the included promotional poster.

disk wars tourn kit

Warhammer: Diskwars: 2014 Winter Tournament Kit
Brand new in 2014 are Tournament Kits for Warhammer Diskwars. Support and expand your local player base with prize support and materials designed for running a Warhammer: Diskwars tournament in your store!

Each kit contains eight copies of the exclusive Witchfate Tor scenario and four Dwarf card boxes, along with alternate art disks: Alarielle the Radiant and Orc Boys. Bring order to the Old World with the included informational pamphlet, and recruit new players to your tournament with a promotional poster.

conquest tourn kit

Warhammer: Conquest: 2014 Winter Tournament Kit
The Winter 2014 season marks the addition of Tournament Kits for a new game: Warhammer 40,000: Conquest! Support and expand your local player base with prize support and materials designed for running a Warhammer 40,000: Conquest event in your store.

Each kit contains exclusive alternate art versions of two of the game’s most popular cards: Captain Cato Secarius and Goff Boys, plus four Space Marine deck boxes. Inside each kit you’ll also find a custom Warhammer 40,000: Conquest playmat, an informational pamphlet, and a promotional poster.