Hi to all,
I have also posted this on the subreddit, given that I was unsure which one was the most active (also because I tend to prefer forums to Reddit).
As a former MTG player (as well as a lot of other physical CCG when I was younger, such as VS, Netrunner (1st of his name), L5R…), but with limited time now that I have grown up, got a job, got married, have a 2,5 year-old daughter, the lack of collection-building in LCG appeals to me. Also, I played a lot of the 1st Netrunner back in the days and really loved the game. I was quite competitive, participating in a few French Nationals, even winning one constructed “event” (I seldom cared to participate in the limited event). But then, the game was discontinued, and I finally moved to other games.
However, I now feel the itch to play Netrunner, but I have a few questions :
- For those who also played the 1st netrunner, how does this one compares? Notably in terms of deckbuilding possibilities ? At first I was a bit concerned by the fact that there were some factions as it inherently tends to limit deckbuilding (think Hearthstone for instance). But then I saw the influence concept which allows for splashing a few out-of-faction cards, something which I like. By the way, one question : Are most cards playable ? Or are there clearly inferior cards ? I am asking this because I saw cards in the latest pack (Daedalus complex I think), and, well, I found most of them a bit mediocre. I am probably wrong but still, I wonder. Indeed, I fully understand the need for sub-par cards in a CCG such as MTG…but I am not sure it is warranted in a a LCG. I reckon not all cards can be equal obviously, but IMO, cards that are clearly inferior to others have no reason to exist.
- For those who play or have played other CCGs (such as MTG, or now online ones such as Eternal, Hex…), how do you think ANR compares in terms of deckbuilding and gameplay ? What I particularly like in the 1st one, and compared to a game such as MTG for instance, is that it felt at times more like a Euro boardgame where you have a certain number of available actions that you have to optimize. Also, there was a lot of possibilities to draw cards, and I love drawing cards ! More specifically, I dislike in other CCGs when games end in a top deck war. I felt it was rarely the case in Netrunner.
- I know the standard Aggro/Combo/control classification does not sit really well with ANR, but still, does deckbuilding accomodate different playstyles ? As I said previously, I love drawing cards and playing combos (in the 1st netrunner, my favorite card was bodyweight synthetic blood, and I loved the microtech AI Interface and R&D protocol files combo)
- I have read a lot of topics in the forum and there seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction right now with the direction the game is headed. Hence, I am wondering whether it’s not too late to join. Indeed, the game has lasted for 5 years, this is already quite a lot and maybe FFG does not have the necessary resources to pursue so many games at once (with AGOT 2, the new Arkahm horror…). What do you think ?
- Midly related to my previous point : a large part of my enjoyment in playing those kinds games is a daily/weekly reading of well-written articles (by better players than myself) dealing with game strategies, brews, an overview of the meta…Browsing through some websites, I saw some very good articles written for instance by AlexFrog around 2013, but more recently, well, not that much…I guess it is related to the smaller playerbase…or have I missed some resources ? Anyhow, what good introductory strategy articles would you recommend me to read ?
- If I were to start playing, what would the best investment be ? Aside from the core set obviously. I have seen that there will be a rotation in the next few months, which means that the 1st 2 cycles are not a priority. Is it possible to buy single cards ? Also, are there some websites that allow to make easy proxies ? I guess if I start by playing with a few friends and I don’t have everything, proxies could a temporary fix
- Finally, I think I know the answer, but have any of you tried to play with 3 players ? Does one such variant even exist ? Or would the best solution be that each player plays one game vs each other player (in essence, all players would play 2 games simultaneously).
thanks a lot for your help!