Welcome! Netrunner from Durham, NC here! Great to hear you're enjoying the game so far... Hopefully you can get a playgroup established and get a lot more familiar with the game. Netrunner can be a bit daunting at first, even if you've played other card games before, but I think as you get more experience you'll see that it's one of the best-designed card games in the world.
A few suggestions on expanding your Netrunner IQ:
- Play learning games against a more experienced opponent. Veteran players can really help you learn about the Timing Structure of the Run, including all the different Action Windows, which is a very difficult concept for a lot of new players to get the hang of, as well as any gameplay mistakes you're making.
- Play against a lot of opponents and a lot of different deckstyles. Learning all the tricks and gameplay styles of the various IDs on both sides of the game helps you learn what tricks to use watch out for!
- Watch gameplay videos made by Team Covenant on Youtube. A lot of people post Netrunner content on Youtube, but they're well-respected in the wider Netrunner community for their insightful analysis. You can learn a lot just by watching their vids.
- Read Stimhack! There's a lot of Netrunner websites out there, and some of them are of varying quality, but all the pros hang out here! Seriously, I think we have some of the best insight and commentary on the bleeding-edge of the game right here!
Store Championship season is in full swing right now. You may want to consider going to the Store Championship event being hosted by Cape Fear Games in Wilmington. Yeah, I know, it's a major tournament, but there's no better way to learn the game than by playing in a "live-fire" environment! You may not win many games, but I think you'll have a good time anyway!
Also, my local Durham store, Atomic Empire, is hosting our Store Championship on March 7th. You should see if anyone's up for a road trip to Durham!