Everyone loves netrunner. And everyone who loves netrunner loves trying to come up with new cards they’d like to have in the game. However, I wanted to do something more focused and constructive than another blank slate thread of “post your card ideas here!”. What I’d like this thread to be is a regularly occurring “assignment” of sorts, where we take a certain idea or goal and challenge the community to design a card that answers it. By giving a specific goal and setting up boundaries for us to work within, we can create much more coherent and constructive card ideas and gain better feedback and a better understanding of how good card design works.
For our first mission, since Komainu is Jinteki Komainu and Brainstorm is HB Komainu, our community thinktank today is “what would a Weyland/NBN version of Doge look like?”…
- It must be a sentry.
- It must be affected by the number of cards in the runner’s hand somehow.
- You cannot just copy Komainu and make it meat damage or tags. Be more creative.
- It must be 4 influence. These are not meant to be splashed.
And with that, I’d like to begin the discussion with my submission of a Weyland Komainu. Behold.
Weyland - 4 influence
Ice - Sentry
-> If the runner has 4 or more cards in hand, deal 2 meat damage.
-> If the runner has 3 or less cards in hand, deal 1 meat damage.
-> Give the runner 1 Tag.
-> Remove 1 Bad Publicity.
Reasoning: This gives the runner several flexible ways to break it. If the full thing fires and they have a big hand, it is at minimum a snare. If they break one of the damage subs, they don’t have to break the other, but 3 strength with damage subs is something the runner will almost always be willing to pay to break and won’t be cheap for most breakers. Removing bad pub via ice is something I’d like to experiment with. If you have no bad pub, it’s blank, but if you get BP (like weyland does a lot) this ice then becomes more taxing, effectively absorbing the bad pub for runs on that server.
Feel free to discuss my submission or post your own and discuss those. If this series is successful enough I’d like to do one every 3-4 weeks. Any suggestions or ideas are welcome. Enjoy!