From another thread I consumed the following information:
“in December there were 56527 games played on Jinteki and 3884 on OCTGN”
This, if accurate was very interesting to me. I made the switch some time ago and having a bespoke tool for Netrunner has clear advantages (in my eyes) to a more generic card game emulator with a Netrunner module. I enjoyed OCTGN and appreciated all the work that went into it, but it was a bit of an investment in time.
Arguably a challenge with Jinteki is the low barrier to entry - as much as this is an enabler for many people to game online, it also means the quality of games can be more… variable.
Looking at various Facebook groups it seems some people are very keen on online games, to the extent of not buying any cards from FFG, which seems a bit… rubbish? They also have lots of opinions about a game they don’t buy, which is a but odd, but everyone is entitled to an opinion no matter how wrong they are.
This is just one facet of online gaming though - one part of myriad gamers who come online to play Netrunner. Would it be useful to have a set of categories or virtual “rooms” or some other streaming? We seem to diverse in our wants and needs, just having one big pool of Netrunners seems like setting ourselves up for finding a needle in a haystack.
At simplest terms there are folk looking for a fun game and those trying to be competitive. Trolls who want a reaction and people who come online more for a chat than anything else. People wanting to test a new deck in the current meta and those who want to see if a 90 card deck is the way forward. Sometimes I want to just try out a Tier 2 deck and have some fun and others I’m doing last minute stress testing of tournament deck.
I see a lot of frustration online and have experienced it myself (and probably been the cause of a lot). Would streaming different game types by a step forward in getting everyone the game experience they wanted? What would those groupings look like?
I’ve no idea what shape a categorised play area would look like ultimately, but it feels like we could do with being a bit more sensible on the approach to games we take.
I think of necessity there should be a central pool people can jump into, but subcategories my work - if there’s enough volume of players?
Currently we rely on messages in the titles of games, but we all know how often they’re read I think…