About a year ago I invested some time into building a draft cube out of all cards up to the Red Sands cycle. This put the rest of my collection into a bit of a messy state, making it hard to integrate the newer cycles into my collection.
Since I’ve also for some time wanted to tidy up the collection (extract out Genesis, Spin, and Lunar cycles into separate boxes), I decided it was time to bite the bullet: disassemble the draft cube into factions, pull out a faction box, merge draft cube cards to form card playsets, repeat for each faction (and stashing away old card playsets as they’re encountered).
In this process, I got to go through practically all printed cards of Netrunner.
The main thing that struck me was that (from a casual player’s perspective), it’s quite noticeable how much more interesting the cards from the more modern cycles are. SanSan is the oldest cycle after Lunar, but I kept hitting these other cards that felt tangibly older in their design, and yet they were not banished to the old-card-stash: big boxes.
I hit me that while SanSan is the next cycle after Lunar, by the time that the first data pack from SanSan came out, three big boxes had come out by then: Creation & Control, Honor & Profit, Order & Chaos.
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but SanSan very much feels like the first cycle/box that feels reminiscent of modern Netrunner. Of course SanSan differs much from the cards that we get from Kitara/Reign & Reverie/Nisei, but still, reminiscent.
All of this reminded me of something:
“Hey, didn’t Nisei put up some blog post about what they want to do about big boxes?”
I was very pleased to be reminded that it’s not just Lunar that’s going to rotate, but Creation & Control too.
I started playing three or four Lunar data packs were released, and I was quite an active player up until Red Sands, when I stopped playing (although I’ve followed the evolution of the game). Having spent the day going through the Eternal card pool, the more modern sets are truly a different game, and I’m excited to get back into building decks and playing!
Now, just as a final thing, I think that I’ll open up the boxes, and pluck out Creation & Control from them, maybe the two following big boxes as well .