It is the future. The world changed. Mankind did not.
Are you like me, tired of Hearthstone's RNG vomit?
Are you weary of both it and MtG's card rarity systems requiring players to pump tons of money into buying packs to find that one card?
Well have I got a game for you!
is a Living Card Game (TM) and part of the Android
franchise. Android takes place in a dystopian future where people fuck robots, Corps (corporations) rule the world, Androids and Clones provide slave labor, wreaking havoc on the working and middle class, and criminal hackers, called Runners, strike at the Corps for wealth, revenge, freedom, bragging rights, or in the name of SCIENCE
Fantasy Flight Games provides an excellent and stylish tutorial about the flow of battle.
One player uses a Corp deck and one player uses a Runner deck. The corp must defend and score seven points worth of Agenda cards depicting corporate agendas that could be benevolent or sinister. The Runner has no Agenda cards of their own. They can only steal them from the Corp.
The runner snoops in and steals cards by performing attacks on the Corp's servers (card lanes) hand (HQ) or even their discard pile (Archives), called Runs. If a Run is successful, they get to look at one card, and if its an Agenda, its immediately theirs and they score the points instead.
So how can a Corp defend themselves from Runner attacks? ICE. ICE are defense card they lay in front of their lanes and cards face down
, and when a Runner steps on them when they're running, the Corp can pay to activate them (rezzing.) They can cause light to severe effects upon the Runner if the runner doesn't have the right kind of Icebreaker. Here are an example of a Corp's Ice and a Runner's Icebreaker. Yeah, these fights look like something out of SMT or Pokemon, but many more cards use the story, characters and setting of the Android
universe very well. I keep the story text in all all my packs and expansions.
If all match play like this, they would be slow. The Corp could also always Tag and then murder (flatline
) the runner before they have chance to score seven points. The runner's hand (Grip) is also their health, and for each damage they suffer, they must discard a random card of the Corp's choice. Brain Damage
is the worst damage, permanently reducing the Runner's hand size.
The game is one of Fantasy Flight Games' Living Card Games
. LCGs cast off MtG, Yugioh and Pokemon's revenue strategy by doing away with lots of little mystery packs, forcing consumers to dump money into packs so they can make that one deck with that one card. All pack and expansion content is laid bare for consumers to purchase only what they want to make the deck they want. Cards are sold in a Core box, Expansions and Data Packs. The Core Box and Expansions are permanent
and will never rotate out. Data packs will slowly begin to rotate out Spring 2017.
There are four Corp factions and three Runner factions.
Haas-Bioriod: Effective. Reliable. Humane.
The corporation that started it all, HB was the first to create true artificial intelligence and the Bioroids of the future via their brain mapping technology. Bioroids have replaced law enforcement, emergency services, manual labor, and even prostitution, via their Adam and Eve bots. Mmmm
. However, this wreaked havoc on the lower classes, who were now out of jobs. They also have Brain Banks that allow people to upload and download backups of their own brains. Their slogan is a direct jab at their primary rival in syntheic slave labor...
Jinteki: When you need the human touch.
Jinteki is a traditional, conservative zaibatsu that specializes in clones
, rather than machines, while working on medicine on the side. Clones, like HB's bioroids, have no rights. Their Ice is weeabo as shit
, taking on the forms of Yokai and Shinto deities. Do you like Trap Cards and Secrets and all that other bullshit? Jinteki's got traps for days.
NBN: Someone is always watching.
What does NBN stand for? Nobody knows anymore! Everyone just calls it NBN, and it is has conquered all news, media and entertainment. Their eyes are everywhere.
The Weyland Consortium: Moving Upwards
Weyland is the
reason humanity is expanding beyond the stars. Their crowning jewel is The Beanstalk
a massive elevator that connects Earth from the stars. Weyland conquers construction, mining, and war.
They also specialize in acquiring other companies. By force if necessary.
Who would dare stand up to such noble captains of industry? Runners of course!
Anarchists. Freedom Fighters. Revolutionaries. Disgruntled robot killers. Some genuinely work to the betterment of the middle and working class. Others are anti-bioroid activists destroying robots for taking their jerbs. Some just want to burn the world to the ground. They specialize in Virus cards, and destroying Corp cards.
Mobsters. Spies. Mercenaries. Honeypots. Escaped clones. These folks are in it only for themselves, caring not for the politics of the Anarchs or the ideals of the Shapers.
Tinkers. Scholars. Artists. Lotus flower lovin' hippies. Gifted-but-disturbed children
. They are accused of being naive by the other Runners. They attack Corps for odd reasons. Just to see if they can, for art, for science, for fun. Maybe even a splash of spirituality. Kit here will have none of HB's "robots are more humane than clones" rubbish. She believes all artificial intelligence is as alive as she is! They specialize in slowly pumping up big, fat Icebreakers for crashing through layer after layer of Ice.