Android: Netrunner (2012)

I didn't get a chance to play much, but I played enough to know that Android: Netrunner is an asymmetrical card game where you either play as a corporation or a runner. Regardless of your role, you will build a deck from the cards provided by the game.

My starting hand.
Today I played against Michael and I felt that the default deck for my runner was very slow paced. In fact, I might even say it was miserably slow. And the truth of the matter is, it was so slow that I didn't see any way of pulling ahead and just conceded the game.

With that being said, the asymmetry of the game is definitely neat.

The game also has the advantage of having players build a deck from a finite number of resources (the cards which come with the game).
Possible runners. I end up picking the
person with the orange background.
In contrast, a trading card games like Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Pokemon have built a large library of cards and occasionally the game can feel like its pay to win.

While one can use proxies in order to test out deck composition, the user eventually has to put money into buying any needed cards. Of course the alternative would be to play in draft tournaments.

In any case, I would love to give Android: Netrunner another try one day. For the moment, however, I would instead recommend Dominion, a card game which is faster game to learn, faster to play, and supports more players.

The runner (bottom) has programs and uses icebreakers.
The corporation (top) has the headquarters and the servers.


Android: Netrunner (2012)

Relevant Links:
Android Netrunner Webpage (Fantasy Flight Games)
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Michael's victory points at the time of my concession.
Though he was surely due to get more soon.

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