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Heart of Mars [Fanmade Narrative Expansion for Netrunner / In Development]


#1

From the security within the domes of the cities and nodes that dot the barren landscape of Mars, the Martian Colonial Authority postures and asserts authority. But in the harsh Martian frontier, clan rule is law.

Alice Merchant, clan agitator, has uncovered a secret that Weyland Consortium executives have gone to great lengths to bury. Now on the run, she must secure her one bargaining chip before Weyland subsidiary Jemison Astronautics can implement a permanent solution to their breach of information problem.

With a friend, take the role of Jemison Astronautics or Alice Merchant. Meet new allies. Discover clues to expose your opponent’s plans. Run for your life, protect your assets, and fight for freedom in this fanmade narrative expansion for Android: Netrunner.

This expansion requires 2 players, 1 copy of the Revised Core Set, Order & Chaos, and the full Red Sands cycle to participate. Documents will be available that include story moments and special rules for playing through the narrative.

ty everyone <3
-dr00


#2

Timeline and Updates:

29/1/18: Initial Post
5/2/18: 1st Update + Poll
9/2/18: Prologue Teaser
26/5/18: Update


#3

Would this include new cards and campaign cards like TD, or is it just a campaign game mode?


#4

No new cards, just some extra rules. I want this to be easy for anyone to just download the rules and story and be able to play.

I can say that some of the cards will be removed from the cardpool in the beginning and will re-enter if the story progresses to a certain point or in a certain direction. Hope this helps. I don’t want to spoil too much right now until I start getting some feedback though.


#5

UPDATE: So i haven’t gotten any offers for feedback (which is ok!). This just means it’ll take me a bit longer. I’ll still try to make my own personal deadlines (getting at least close to finished by the end of the month).

Some quick background info: this started as a desire to write an article of trivia for Red Sands, explaining various references among the cards to real-life inspirations as well as in-universe references to the Android universe (mostly using Worlds of Android as a reference).

It became quite bloated very quickly. I think most of the references seemed super obvious, while others were tenuous or speculation. I then decided to shift focus to some kind of narrative exploration of the cards and references. It didn’t really make sense as an article, so it was shelved.

Then I watched Teamwork Casts video critique of Terminal Directive. A lot of the suggestions made in that video got a lot of creative juices flowing. That isn’t to say I think i’ll be making something better than what Damon et al. made, just quite different. I also don’t have the luxury of testers or anything, so there may very well be some huge balance issues as well. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from story-driven solo games by FFG (Lord of the Rings and Arkham Horror) as well as some mechanics from other legacy games. There will be an intrinsic catch-up mechanic to try to help curb someone snowballing an early win into an entire sweep in the story.

I really wish it were done now so I could share it with everyone, and I hope everyone enjoys it when i finish. In a few days, i’ll post the prologue that started it all. I have one question for anyone interested though:

Should this be limited to one copy of the core, or would you prefer three?
(the option to have either/or simply won’t work though, it has to be one or the other)

  • Single Core Only
  • 3 Copies of the Core

0 voters


#6

This is a great idea, I can’t wait to see the finished result.


#7

I have closed the poll and will move forward with a single core. No real updates yet except that I’ve been hard at work writing and crafting. Here is the prologue that will hopefully provide an enticing hook for everyone.

Before I release all of it, I’ll post the first chapters for each side. Since all of this is meant to be read before starting the campaign, I feel that it’s ok to share and won’t really spoil anything. Hope you enjoy and please leave feedback (positive or negative). Also apologies for the formatting. The forums got really angry with me when i tried to indent. I promise it’s formatted properly on the documents.

PROLOGUE: Four-Armed Butterfly

Somewhere in the Asteroid Belt – Unclassified Asteroid

The asteroid loomed over the approaching craft. Perched floodlights shone like flashlights in a dark room; the ship’s angular sails cast sprawling shadows as light spilled over the craters marking the surface.

“Gimme a reading, Jamey.”

The clone pilot utilized his four arms to operate various controls, monitors and lights blinking and beeping in response. The C-HUD flashed:

 – SCAN COMPLETE –
 WATER + METAL + CARBONACEOUS COMPOUNDS
 CLASSIFICATION: C-TYPE

“Oh, we hit the jackpot, baby!” He leaned forward and kissed the large monitor facing him. Jamey replied with a painless static shock.

The orientation pamphlets advertised an early release program for particularly proficient clones and explained how one could earn their freedom sooner by tagging enough asteroids rich with raw materials. The unspoken policy indentured particularly adept pilots longer, employing sophisticated methods of persuasion to stretch out a clone’s mileage whenever it would run low. A long time would pass before he would realize that his celebration was premature.

Gull-wing doors opened on the outside of the ship as a lengthening manipulator arm slowly pushed out a large set of rockets. The pods were attached with a buckyweave expandable tether, and Jemison Astronautics Mining and Exploration adorned the side of each fin.

The pilot had swiveled around to use a small screen display about knee height. One arms angled behind him to operate a joystick that maneuvered the pods around the asteroid. When they arrived at their D-POCs, large anchors drilled into the crust. The process took several hours, and as the anchor drills were finishing, a holodisplay activated a message for new RAND delivery coordinates.

Preoccupied with the hollow prospects of leaving vac, he absentmindedly reached across with a free arm to hit ACCEPT. He had failed to notice the red warning text:

 WARNING – INHABITED
 BISSON NODE - POP. APPROX 1,200

Content with the day’s work, the pilot reached all four arms behind his head and sighed, relaxing in his chair.


#8

This is exciting and I eagerly await future updates.
Lore question: is clone emancipation much of a thing in the Android universe? I don’t see any reason in principle why an owner couldn’t relinquish ownership of a clone after a given period, it’s just the first I’ve heard of anyone suggesting the possibility (even if the reality is quite different in practice). My impression was that in general people just send them back to Jinteki for recycling a trip to a nice big farm where they can frolic with the other clones.
It also touches on one of the more ethically perplexing issues regarding clones, which is that they’re designed and conditioned to be subservient and to want more than anything else to do their job well. Exceptions exist, of course (hi Ken), but the appeal of freedom seems like the sort of thing that Jinteki and clone owners would avoid openly acknowledging.


#9

i did take a few liberties here. Worlds of Android explains that crews kind of work freelance for Weyland’s meteor mining. my takeaway is that people find asteroids and direct them to land on Mars, but Weyland is the only corp with the infrastructure to actually mine the raw materials.

they do mention boiroid and four-armed clone crews, but these are hired as crewmembers by the crew captains

i also suppose that i didn’t explain myself well. by freedom and indentured, i wasn’t meaning for it to seem that he was a slave to weyland as property, just that his situation has devolved in such a way that he owes money to weyland and is still working it off or they’ve manipulated him in some way to think that he owes the company more

basically my concept for this pilot is based on Iceberg Slim’s concept of of mileage and how he would manipulate people into continuing past their expected mileage or the 'indentured tenant’
in this way, he is meant to be an employee of weyland, but if he’s particularly good at what he’s doing, they’ll try anything they can to get him to work for them as long as possible, and it would perhaps be better than the alternative of being ‘retired’ early :stuck_out_tongue:

i didn’t go into too much detail though (he’s not even named) because we won’t see him again (sorry!)
this is just the prologue, and his actions will have serious implications (as you might be able to guess), but he is otherwise unimportant to the story


#10

just wanted to chime in here to let everyone know that i am indeed still working on this. lots of stuff has cropped up lately, but here are the things i’ve been working on:

narrowing down the exact wording for the rules (getting the wording in an understandable way but also deciding between likes ‘1 or 3’ and simplifying some of the more complex effects so they make sense but still do what i wanted them to do)

getting the narrative beats right. it’s been much harder than i thought (but also time has been an issue lately). i’ve narrowed it down to 6 chapters if you will per side (but i may try to make it smaller so it’s more concise and won’t take so long to finish). you progress your story when you win a game, so it could take about 6-12 games (about what TD had i think), but there will be many catchup mechanics instead of steamrolling mechanics to encourage it being closer to 12 games instead of 6

i’ve nailed down the story and characters from the corp perspective. i’ll maybe write a bit more soon about this. trying to decide if i should keep a secret.

i’m still committed to having no new cards, but there will be many additional rules and effects that might change each game. additionally, there are many cards that are purposefully taken out of the available card pool that will be added at certain achievement conditions or story moments/objectives. nothing will enter mid-game though. just play the game, check the results at the end, and then see what happens for the next one


#11

Think it’s great that you are doing this. Can’t wait to see the finished result!


#12

I just saw this. It sounds awesome!

We did not love the TD campaign, but I’m really keen to try another one!


#13

so idk guys. after the announcement today, are you still interested in this? i’m tempted to just dump my writing down and see if you like it or idk. i have like half a campaign really. if people are still interested, i’ll finish it. if not, i’ll just dump all my work, and you can just comb through the files and to at least see what i did and what could have been.

EDIT: here’s the unpolished notes/progress:

i’m actually really proud of some of this writing, and i had so many more ideas just waiting to be fleshed out. i’m not sure what to do about it now lol


#14

When I saw this thread had been posted in, I came by to say “now it’s up to you” :grinning:

I think fan projects like this would do a lot to keep the community active and engaged for as long as possible.


#15

Go for it. If we don’t play (and make) the game from now onwards, who will?


#17

I’m even more interested than before!

Come on, now that FFG can’t make anymore, fan content like this is exactly what will keep us going!


#18

Same. You have to keep it going.


#19

I am very interested! I think these kind of self-contained expansions that can be played with just a friend for a day or two are the best way forward :slight_smile:

I’m checking your notes and there’s some really cool stuff there. Love the “informant” thing, If you want, I can edit it for you when you are done.


#20

I just read through your notes (buddy challenged me to try and make my own narrative campaign, though I’m nto sure that I will.) You have some really cool ideas in here. I’d love to play it when it’s finished.


#21

I think making a fan campaign would be a great 1st test for continuing the game of Netrunner. Also we won’t have to worry too much about making a fully balanced competitive set (start small, PLAN BIG).

We could use the factions that Terminal Directive left out, (Anarch, Mini-factions) NBN, Jenteki.
Besides, I would like to see an Exec Card Richard Garfield just for fun.