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First steps in Android: Netrunner 27 July 2020

You can't buy this game any more. So why on Earth would I play it?

Because, by many accounts, it's really quite good; and now that FFG have terminated publication, it can't be mucked up by new releases.

Getting a physical copy is still possible, but I'm not doing that (yet); rather, I'm playing on jinteki.net, which seems to be the preferred site. This only does partial rules enforcement, so you need to be fairly au fait with how things work, and because the game's quite interactive you really need to play in real time. (Yes, the original CCG was a Richard Garfield game, so timing issues – his great blind spot – can become quite important, though most of the obvious ones seem to have been fixed.) I tried a couple of games with a fellow novice, supplementing in-game chat with a voice link.

I can easily see this becoming a rabbit hole for me to dive down. There's a fair bit to explore just in the core set, and there were 48 small expansion packs and six big ones. So if you'd like to join me as I poke through the abandoned corridors and occasionally get eaten by a grue, give me a shout…

The second game didn't go as well for me, but I won the third (first as the corp – which feels as though it has many advantages, but an asymmetrical game often feels skewed even when it isn't).

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