I have always been interested in creating gaming utility apps. If you take a look at my App Store catalog, all of my applications are gaming utilities.
With that, I have been pondering a long time as to what sort of app would go well with Netrunner.
I have two ideas I would like to share with the community, and get feedback of their functionality.
HQ Interface - Mock Up Image
The biggest issue I see in Netrunner is those who poorly randomize access to HQ. You often see people roll d6 to access randomly from 5 cards. What do you do when a ‘6’ result occurs? This app will allow a user to easily randomize their access. As well, it will handle more than 1 card access by enumeration of cards that you should access. How this app benefits from simply using a die is that the cards are physically laid out on the app. No more “which card is 1, and which card is 6”? You physical line up HQ with the cards on the screen.
Short summary of functionality:
Your user has 4 cards in hand. You lower the top number to only display 4 cards. You are performing a legwork. You tap “Access” button 3 times, and randomly, certain cards will be labelled “1”, “2”, “3”. Access those cards in that order. “Clear” will remove all access markers for the next access. The reason I went for multiple access scheme is that it scales well, and doesn’t provide any form of “note taking”. You must remember, and know that you are accessing 2 cards (HQ Interface in play or something like that), and click the Access button twice.
Psi Die - Mock Up Image
This app allows users to construct a weighted roll for them to randomly bid on psi games. The user will also be able to save and manage different weighted schemes depending on their situation.
Short summary of functionality:
You as the runner are participating in a Psi game with the Corp. The Corp only has 1 credit, but you feel that you should weight your bid slightly towards making the corp spend that 1 credit. You decide to create a simple scheme where 0: 60% 1:40% 2:0%, and click “Roll”. The application will now provide you a random outcome taking into account your weighted desires.
This application does nothing more than produce a weighted random value. This could be done using a multi sided die, and unequally distributing Psi outcomes to the roll’s result.
On a note of note-taking. The app could not track your “win” rate as that would be deemed note taking. It would be a cool feature, but knowing you have a 100% win rate at Psi games within your current match could be deemed note taking, and be illegal in standard play.
My intention would be to bundle both of these ideas into one application, and make it easy to swap between the two screens during play. The app would be free for all to use, and available on iOS (I’m an iOS Developer by trade)
To add, these are the following rules that may be applicable to the user of such applications:
Players are not allowed to take notes to aid memory or gameplay, whether physically or digitally, during a tournament match. Referencing outside material and information during a match is also prohibited, except for official rule documents.
Players can use dice or other external aids to randomize results, provided the randomization does not impede the flow of the game. Players cannot force other players to use external aids when randomizing. A shuffle from the Corp and a subsequent choice by the Runner is enough to fulfill the requirements of randomness when accessing HQ.