News for November 2013
Plugged-in to the Final Servers
Recap the Last Highlights of the Plugged-in Tour
Android: Netrunner The Card Game | Published 07 November 2013

 

The Plugged-in Tour for Android: Netrunner The Card Game has drawn to a close, and the final matches, hosted at The Covenant Store, the Fantasy Flight Games Center, and three stores in Texas, were some of the most intense we saw during the tour.

Today, we’re pleased to preaset a final recap of the desperate matches between megacorporations and illegal runners. For more details on the stores and the results of your votes for a new Runner ID, read on!

The Covenant Store – Tulsa, OK

This week’s first tour stop was at The Covenant Store in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They planned it as an Android: Netrunner-themed Halloween party and the players really got into the spirit of it with a ton of costumes. Team Covenant led the way with a feather-frilled Thomas Haas, a Tyrant, a Corporate Troubleshooter, and even the man from Astroscript Pilot Program.



During the competition, Criminal and Shaper again led the field for Runner factions, with a strong bias toward Andromeda, who picked up half of the Top 8. Whizzard also took two spots in the top 8, however, again granting him a disproportionate share of the top spots.

On the Corp side, Haas-Bioroid was the most popular faction, followed by NBN. The popularity didn’t reflect the winning decks, though – HB took two slots, NBN took one and the rest were filled by Weyland and a single Jinteki, which seized first place. Champion Sam Southard played Andromeda and Jinteki and only lost a single game during the entire competition.

Andromeda Jinteki
Event (17)
1 Levy AR Lab
Access ***
2 The Makers Eye **
2 Special Order
2 Satellite Uplink
2 Infiltration
2 Account Siphon
3 Sure Gamble
3 Inside Job

Hardware (2)
2 Doppelganger

Resource (15)
3 Decoy
3 Kati Jones
3 Bank Job
3 Compromised Employee
3 Daily Casts

Icebreaker (9)
1 Femme Fatale
2 Corroder **
2 ZU.13 Key Master **
2 Crypsis
2 Faerie

Program (2)
2 Sneakdoor Beta

 

  

 

 

 

Agenda
3 Fetal AI
3 Nisei Mk II
3 Braintrust
2 False Lead

Asset
1 Melange Mining Corp
2 Ronin
2 Jackson Howard *
3 Snare

Upgrade
2 Hokusai Grid

Operation
1 Scorched Earth ****
3 Celebrity Gift
3 Hedge Fund
3 Neural EMP

ICE
1 Chimera

Barrier
3 Hadrian’s Wall ***
2 Himitsu-Bako

Code Gate
3 Chum

Sentry
1 Flare ***
1 Grim
1 Shadow *
3 Neural Katana

Trap
3 Data Mine

 

The challenge tables were very popular at The Covenant Store and there were some very strong players; both of our staff members gave away more alternate art Scorched Earths than expected. These challenge matches were some of the closest finishes yet on the tour.

We want to thank Team Covenant again for having us and running the tournament and the players for spending their Halloween with us. We had a blast and are looking forward to seeing a bunch of you at Worlds!

Wild West Comics – Arlington, TX

After a spooky and fun Halloween in Oklahoma, our staff traveled farther south, into Texas, to Wild West Comics, located near Dallas. People had a great time, and even though our staff had to fit in challenge matches around the tournament, no one was turned away from this event.

At Wild West Comics, the Runner factions continued to show the trends we’ve seen throughout the tour. Criminal runners accounted for fully half of the participants, and most of the rest represented Shaper.

The Corp factions were split more evenly than the Runners. Although the Weyland Consortium enjoyed a slight edge, NBN and Haas-Bioroid were right behind.

In the end though, the numbers did not completely determine the outcome. Sam Suied was able to take first place in this tournament, playing Weyland: Building a Better World for Corp and breaking the mold by using Exile as his Runner identity.

Exile

Weyland Consortium:
Building a Better World

Event (17)
3 Diesel
1 Indexing
3 Quality Time
3 Scavenge
1 Stimhack*
3 Sure Gamble
3 Test Run

Hardware (9)
3 Clone Chip
2 Dinosaurus
2 Dyson Mem Chip
2 Plascrete Carapace

Icebreaker (8)
2 Atman
1 Corroder**
1 Cyber-Cypher
1 Deus X
2 Femme Fatale*
1 Yog.0*

Program (10)
2 Datasucker*
1 Imp***
3 Magnum Opus
1 Parasite**
3 Self-Modifying Code

 

Agenda (10)
3 Corporate War
2 Government Contracts
2 Hostile Takeover
3 Project Atlas

Asset (3)
3 Jackson Howard*

Operation (18)
3 Beanstalk Royalties
1 Cyberdex Trial
3 Green Level Clearance*
3 Hedge Fund
2 SEA Source**
3 Scorched Earth
3 Successful Demonstration*

Barrier (7)
3 Bastion
1 Hadrian’s Wall
3 Ice Wall

Code Gate (4)
3 Datapike
1 Tollbooth**

Sentry (3)
3 Caduceus

 

Wild West Comics did a great job at this event, helping to make sure everyone had a good time. It was a great experience in a great venue. Thanks, guys!

Dragon’s Lair – Austin, TX

The next day, our staff traveled to another part of Texas for our first stop at a store in the Dragon’s Lair chain. There, champion Joseph Tansey performed excellently, going undefeated during the five rounds of the tournament. The store was also hosting a charity event, Extra Life, for the day, sporting twenty-five hours of gaming to coincide with Daylight Savings Time. The other half of the gigantic store was devoted to all manner of games. During challenge matches, we allowed Runners to make a donation in exchange for an extra click during one of their Runner turns. A few players took advantage of this opportunity while others just placed a donation during the match.  

The Criminals led the Runner factions again during the competition, pulling ahead of both Shaper and Anarch factions, and once more counting as half of the participants.

The Corps were more evenly split, with NBN and Haas-Bioroid in the lead, followed by Weyland and Jinteki. Even though Criminal and NBN led the factions, Joseph Tansey was able to surge to the top, going undefeated during all five round of the tournament with his Haas-Bioroid: Engineering the Future and Chaos Theory decks.

Chaos Theory

Haas-Bioroid:
Engineering the Future

Event (19)
3 Dirty Laundry
3 Sure Gamble
2 Same Old Thing
2 Account Siphon ****
3 Indexing
3 Infiltration
3 Diesel

Hardware (3)
3 Clone Chip

Resource (6)
3 Armitage Codebusting
3 Daily Casts

Icebreaker (3)
1 Corroder **
1 Faerie ***
1 Mimic *

Program (5)
1 Crescentus *
1 Paricia
3 Self-Modifying Code

 

 

 

 

Agenda (9)
3 Accelerated Beta Test
1 Efficiency Committee
2 Priority Requistion
3 Project Vitruvius

Asset (11)
3 Adonis Campaign
3 Jackson Howard*
3 Melange Mining Corporation
2 Private Contracts

Upgrade (5)
3 Ash 2X3ZB9CY
2 SanSan City Grid***

Operation (6)
3 Archived Memories
3 Biotic Labor

Barrier (7)
1 Bastion
3 Eli 1.0
3 Heimdall 1.0
3 Wall of Static

Code Gate (3)
3 Tollbooth**

Sentry (5)
2 Ichi 1.0
3 Rototurret

 

We want to thank the awesome staff at Dragon’s Lair, especially Michael Hong. We were able to play a large number of challenge matches that day, due to Michael’s expertise at running the tournament. This was a fantastic event at a fantastic store – thanks to the whole staff at Dragon’s Lair in Austin for making this event spectacular.

Fantasy Flight Games Center – Roseville, MN

The final stop for most of the tour staff was the new Fantasy Flight Games Center and it was a great stop. We had fifty-eight people attend the tournament proper with several more dropping in for demo games and staff challenges. The resulting tournament field was quite strong, including World Champion Jeremy Zwirn.

The Runner field was dominated by Shaper and Criminal decks, and that was reflected in the Top 8, where both factions took four spots. While Andromeda was by far the most popular runner, Gabriel Santiago took two spots in the top eight, including first place under the control of Geoff Pederson. Another interesting Top 8 finisher was Steve Reinartz’s The Professor deck, which made it to eighth place with only a single loss on the Runner side.

The Corp field was fairly evenly split between the four corps, with NBN seizing a small lead. Weyland took four spots in the Top 8, but the Top 4 was split between HB, NBN and Jinteki, with Geoff Pederson's HB: Engineering the Future taking first place.

Gabriel Santiago

Haas-Bioroid:
Engineering the Future

Event (22)
3 Account Siphon
2 Dirty Laundry
3 Emergency Shutdown
3 Forged Activation Orders
3 Inside Job
3 Quality Time *
2 Special Order
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (4)
2 Desperado
2 Plascrete Carapace

Resource (5)
3 Armitage Codebusting
2 Same Old Thing

Icebreaker (6)
1 Corroder **
3 Faerie
1 Ninja
1 Yog.0 *

Program (8)
3 Datasucker *
3 Parasite **
2 Sneakdoor Beta

   

 

Agenda (11)
3 Accelerated Beta Test
1 Director Haas’s Pet Project
3 Efficiency Committee
1 Gila Hands Arcology
3 Project Vitruvius

Asset (9)
3 Adonis Campaign
3 Eve Campaign
3 Jackson Howard *

Upgrade (3)
3 SanSan City Grid ***

Operation (6)
3 Biotic Labor
3 Hedge Fund

Barrier (9)
3 Bastion
3 Ice Wall *
3 Wall of Static

Code Gate (5)
2 Engima
3 NEXT Bronze

Sentry (5)
3 Grim
2 Rototurret

 

 

There were several FFG staff at the event trying to rack up a few more signatures with their challenge decks and the players did not disappoint. Many runners were flatlined, but a few claimed their own alternate-art Scorched Earths.

The new FFGC was great space for a tournament, and the participants certainly enjoyed the food and drinks provided by the cafe. We had a great time this weekend and can’t wait to see everyone this Friday for the Android: Netrunner World Championship! Thanks to everyone who came!

Dragon’s Lair – San Antonio, TX

The final stop of the Plugged-in Tour came in San Antonio, Texas, at another location of Dragon’s Lair. A lot of players from our first two Texas stops were coming back for more, and we were happy to give it to them with lots of challenge matches and a great competition.

Criminals led the field of Runners, closely followed by the Shapers, as we saw throughout the Plugged-in Tour. The Corps also showed a distinct trend – Haas-Bioroid enjoyed a massive majority, with nearly twice as many players as the next closest faction, the Weyland Consortium.

Despite Haas-Bioroid’s numerical advantage, when Reid Delfeld claimed the victory, he did it with NBN: Making News and Andromeda: Dispossessed Ristie.

Andromeda NBN: Making News
Event (16)
3 Account Siphon
3 Dirty Laundry
3 Hostage
2 Inside Job
2 Special Order
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (6)
2 Desperado
2 HQ Interface
2 R&D Interface **

Resource (11)
3 Access to Globalsec
2 Decoy
2 Kati Jones
1 Professional Contacts **
3 Underworld Contacts

Icebreaker (9)
2 Corroder **
3 Faerie
2 Femme Fatale
2 Yog.0 *

Program (3)
3 Datasucker *

 

 

Agenda (12)
3 AstroScript Pilot Program
3 Breaking News
2 Character Assassination
1 Gila Hands Arcology
3 Project Beale

Asset (12)
3 Jackson Howard
3 Marked Accounts
3 PAD Campaign
3 SanSan City Grid

Operation (10)
2 Closed Accounts
3 Hedge Fund
3 Scorched Earth ****
2 SEA Source

Barrier (5)
3 Eli 1.0 *
2 Wall of Static

Code Gate (4)
1 Enigma
3 Pop-up Window

Sentry (6)
3 Data Raven
3 Draco

 

Dragon’s Lair in San Antonio was a great store for holding a tournament. We’d like to thank their staff for all their help, and for helping us bring the Plugged-in Tour to a triumphant close.

The End of a Great Run

The Plugged-in Tour has ended, and we had a great time traveling across the USA throughout the tour. It was an amazing experience to meet so many fans of Android: Netrunner and visit the awesome hobby-game staff and stores around the nation. Most importantly, though, we couldn’t have made the Plugged-in Tour successful without you, the people who love Android: Netrunner just as much as we do.

Even though the Plugged-in Tour is finished, there’s still plenty of action for Android: Netrunner. Today is the first day of the FFG World Championship Weekend, and the World Championships for Android: Netrunner are tomorrow. At the start of this event, we’ll make an important announcement.

Throughout the tour, you’ve been voting on two Runner identities. Now, the final results of your votes in the battle between Laramy Fisk and The Collective have been counted! One of these runners will join the game for the future, but the other will be derezzed forever. Which runner reigns victorious? The winning runner will be announced tomorrow, during the Android: Netrunner World Championships at the Fantasy Flight Games Center in Roseville, MN. If you can’t join us, be sure to follow the live feed on our Twitch.tv site, where we’ll broadcast the announcement.

Thank you again for a wonderful tour, and good luck on your own runs!

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.

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