News for October 2013
Plugged-in to the Big Apple
Two Reports from Our Android: Netrunner Events in New York City
Android: Netrunner The Card Game | Published 21 October 2013

We’re now into the third week of the Plugged-in Tour for Android: Netrunner!

During this time, our staff have traveled to the East and West Coasts, crossed the border to Canada, and established remote servers in the Midwest. The action continued over the weekend, as our staff traveled to New York City, Wisconsin, and Colorado to officiate more tournaments, run more demos, and challenge more players with Corp decks that leak spoilers even as they secure their data.

Today, we’ll recap the action at the tour’s two stops in New York City.

The Compleat Strategist – Manhattan, NY

The Compleat Strategist in Manhattan is a focal point for all types of games, and they packed in a big crowd of Android: Netrunner players for the first Plugged-in Tour stop in New York City. The players that came to participate in the event’s tournament filled the gaming space nearly to capacity. Then, it was filled the rest of the way by a number of additional players who came just for challenge games with FFG staff members!

In fact, we had a huge demand for challenge games at The Compleat Strategist, with each staff member playing more than twenty games. The Runners kept pushing and pushing, giving our staff some stiff competition. However, in the end, we won the majority of our matches, collecting signatures from flatlined Runners and handing out copies of alternate art Scorched Earth to those who successfully navigated our servers.

In the tournament, Haas-Bioroid led the Corporations, including two players who made it into the top eight. On the Runners’ side, the majority of players split between Shaper and Criminal, but three of the nine Anarch decks made it to the top eight.

After five tense rounds, Seth Stewart took the victory with NBN: Making News and Chaos Theory. Despite the overall popularity of Shapers, Seth was the only player in the Top 8 with a Shaper deck.

Chaos Theory NBN: Making News
Event (14)
3 Diesel
3 Freelance Coding Contract
3 Quality Time
2 Levy AR Lab Access
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (4)
3 Clone Chip
1 Plascrete Carapace

Resource (2)
2 Professional Contacts

Icebreaker (9)
3 Atman
1 Corroder **
1 Cyber-Cypher
2 Deus X
1 Faerie ***
1 Femme Fatale *

Program (11)
3 Datasucker *
1 Djinn **
1 Magnum Opus
2 Parasite **
1 Paricia
3 Self-Modifying Code


 

Agenda (13)
3 Astroscript Pilot Program
3 Breaking News
3 Gila Hands Arcology
1 Private Security Force
3 Project Beale

Asset (6)
3 Jackson Howard
3 Melange Mining Corp

Upgrade (2)
1 Bernice Mai
1 SanSan City Grid

Operation (14)
1 Celebrity Gift ***
2 Closed Accounts
3 Hedge Fund
1 Invasion of Privacy
3 Midseason Replacements
2 Psychographics
2 Scorched Earth ****

Code Gate (8)
2 Archer **
3 Pop-up Window
3 Tollbooth

Sentry (6)
3 Data Raven
3 Draco

We want to offer our congratulations to all of the Top 8; it was a strong field! Also, we want to give a big thank you to Danny, Ray, Matt, and everyone at The Compleat Strategist who helped make the whole tournament a smooth and fun experience!

Kings Games – Brooklyn, NY

Kings Games in Brooklyn was our second and last stop on our Big Apple leg of the tour, and a dedicated group of players came to test their mettle against the local community.

After five rounds of competition, RD claimed first place with a decisive eighteen prestige, playing with Building a Better World and Gabriel Santiago and dropping only a single game as the Corp.

Gabriel Santiago Weyland Consortium:
Building a Better World
Event (21)
3 Account Siphon
2 Dirty Laundry
2 Emergency Shutdown
3 Forged Activation Order
3 Inside Job
3 Quality Time *
3 Special Order
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (7)
2 Desperado
1 E3 Feedback Implants
3 Plascrete Carapace
1 R&D Interface **

Resource (6)
1 Armitage Codebusting
2 Bank Job
3 Same Old Thing

Icebreaker (7)
2 Corroder **
1 Faerie
1 Femme Fatale
1 Ninja
1 ZU.13 Key Master **
1 Yog.0 *

Program (3)
1 Medium ***
2 Sneakdoor Beta


 

Agenda (10)
1 Geothermal Fracking
3 Government Contracts
2 Hostile Takeover
1 Posted Bounty
3 Project Atlas

Asset (6)
3 Jackson Howard *
3 Snare! **

Upgrade (2)
2 Corporate Troubleshooter *

Operation (13)
3 Beanstalk Royalties
2 Green Level Clearance *
3 Hedge Fund
1 Power Grid Overload
3 Scorched Earth
1 SEA Source **

Barrier (9)
1 Bastion
3 Hadrian’s Wall
3 Ice Wall
2 Wall of Static

Code Gate (2)
2 Enigma

Sentry (7)
3 Archer
2 Caduceus
2 Shadow

The composition of the field, overall, reflected that many players believed RD made the right decisions with his choice of decks, as Criminals made up more than half of the runner decks and Weyland Consortium led the way among the Corps. Indeed, half of the Top 8 Corp decks were Weyland Consortium, though Noah Lezenby came in second place with NEXT Design. Seth Stewart, winner of the event at The Compleat Strategist, finished third. Meanwhile, all three Runner factions were represented in the Top 8, with Fedor Sosin cruising to fifth place with his Whizzard deck.

The tournament moved along at an excellent pace, and we would like to thank Kings Games for hosting us. Everyone had a great time, and the local players are really looking forward to growing the store’s community!

An Eye to the Future

Our Big Apple tour stops prompted some enthusiastic and vocal participation in the vote to decide which of the game’s two potential Runner IDs would be rezzed, and which would be destroyed. The general opinion was that Laramy Fisk would be a sounder investment, and participants helped extend his lead over The Collective.

Does this mean Laramy Fisk will enter the game? Throughout the first few weeks, he’s pushed ahead of The Collective, but we still have nearly half of our stops yet to report and The Collective may still collect more votes in the tour’s second half.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more updates on this vote and the results of last weekend’s other Plugged-in Tour events!

Based on the classic card game designed by Richard Garfield, Android: Netrunner The Card Game is a game for two players set in the dystopian future of Android. It pits monolothic megacorps against subversive netrunners in a high-stakes struggle for the control of valuable data.

Netrunner is a TM of R. Talsorian Games, Inc. Android is TM & ©2014 Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Netrunner is licensed by Wizards of the Coast LLC. ©2014 Wizards.
    
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