If you like deck-building, tabletop, card games; playing one on one with an opponent; but are tired of symmetrical set-ups, then you will enjoy Android: Netrunner.
THEME: Science Fiction
PUBLISHER: Fantasy Flight
DESIGNER(S): Richard Garfield
COST: $40 on average
OFFICIAL WEBSITE:Android: Netrunner
I’m always on the look-out for games that can be played with just two players, and this one is great! My husband and I are already fans of deck-building card games (MtG, anyone?), so when I discovered this game, I knew I wanted to give it a try. Then, my friends gave me a copy for my birthday this past January and I was SO EXCITED TO CRACK IT OPEN!
This game is called an “asymmetrical” card game, because unlike Magic the Gathering and other deck-builders, each side doesn’t operate the same. You are either playing as the corporation or as the hacker/runner trying to bring the corporation down.
You have four core corporations to choose from, if that’s the side that interests you. There are three runner decks as well (my favorite).
I personally found the mechanics of this game quite complicated at first. In fact, I’m still a little fuzzy. FF has provided a video tutorial that I wish I knew about when we started playing.
I would definitely say this is not a game for beginners in the world of deck-building games. Or tabletops with complicated systems. I think the asymmetry of the game, which is one of the coolest aspects, is also one of the main reasons it is a bit tricky to understand. I personally enjoy the game, but that is because I’ve won every time. My husband has refused to play for a long time, but I finally got him to agree to try again, but he wants to be the runner this time. We shall see about that (j/k, but I did tell him he can’t hold it against me when I win as a the corporation, too).
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