How is your meta? In my area the game is experiencing a strong revival with more players than in a long time. Local turnout is very high on meetups. People are asking to join in the game now that the cardpool is set. With the ability to print cards and proxies for free it is also easier to get into the game than it used to be before the ‘Announcement’ happened.
With the inspirational formation of the aptly named NISEI-committeé, worlds coming up, and the last expansion being one of the better designed and balanced sets this game has ever seen we are on a solid path for a few more good years of this excellent game.
Additionally, with a few notable quirks, the game is experiencing a very healthy meta. One might argue the best meta it has ever seen. A final cardpool means that in due time the last few design-mistakes will be placed on the MWL and we will be left with the final form of the greatest design-achievement of the modern boardgame-renaissance.
If you are a fan of games, and want to experience the very best, this is a good time to join the Netrunner-community. Yes, I’m a fanboy. So sue me. 🙂
What I do, it seems, is I write long-form articles on the game, the community and psychology around it. These articles are meant to be consumed over time. As they are long-form you might not get the immediate injection of pure entertainment-value that is common in internet content, but I hope they leave you with a broader perspective and provide a good base for discussions. I also hope they help ease newer players and students of game-design into this game, as it can be equally complex and intimidating to its ‘deep’ and ‘satisfying’.
It is time to continue this project, and upcoming will be the asked-for in-depth articles doing deep-dives into the four skills of Netrunner. I also got a lot of questions regarding deck building, so I may add a fifth piece on that if I get inspired. Finally, I intend to finish with a similar ‘state of the game’ article of the game going into its twilight era.
This article will serve as an index to these posts, old and new, as it will be difficult to digest newer ones without the context of the initial articles.
The King is dead. Long live the King!
.. or to quote more recent culture:
What is dead may never die, but rises again harder and stronger.
Spot the reference?