Just finished my poll. Kinda hard to organize when it’s everything at once, so hopefully I got it right.
Starting from the bottom -
28. Eli 1.0
This card is kinda gross-looking. I think it’s clearly inferior to the original art and I just don’t like the look of it at all. This was a pretty easy call, with only the next card challenging it for the bottom spot.
27. Pop-Up Window
Also worse than the original art by a not insignificant margin. I get what they’re doing, but the colors are kind of unpleasant to look at, and the original graphic itself is just better to see, I think.
Frankly, I’m not quite sure what I’m supposed to be seeing here. Sometimes I feel like I can see it, but then I lose it again. Original is still superior.
25. Lotus Field
The art is fantastic on this card, it’s really beautiful. The artist(s) did a fantastic job. But it’s the same as the original card. Pass.
A cool take on the original concept, but, frankly, I don’t think it’s anything special to look at. I don’t stop to take the time to actually sit a look at it, which I do for some of the others. This is the lowest-ranked card that has superior alt-art.
23. Reina Roja
I don’t know what to say other than I prefer the way she looks in the original.
Eh. I don’t have an issue with it, but I don’t particularly like it either.
I like the fact that the original kind of captures the whole club, where the alt is just the two people. Well done two people, but I prefer seeing the whole club.
20. Gabriel Santiago
Superior to the original, but for some reason, I just didn’t want to rank it higher. I can’t really explain it.
19. Kati Jones
Kinda dull. Her original has a good shot of the character itself.
18. Scorched Earth
This art is really good, but Lizzy Mills and a city burning to the ground is kind of an iconic Netrunner image for me at this point.
17. Corporate Troubleshooter
Very nice. No objections really, I just like others more. It looks good.
16. Femme Fatale
Making that bank with Frozen. Artist probably has kids. Looks fine.
15. Chaos Theory
Love that Dinosaurus is there.
14. NAPD Contract
Looks pretty good. That looks like some kind of armor under his jacket. Nice.
13. Adonis Campaign
Remind you of Blade Runner, with the ads thrown right on the buildings?
Simple, but gets the point across wonderfully.
11. Weyland: BABW
First time I saw this one, actually. Very appropriate for the green one.
10. Ken Tenma
I feel like we can get an idea of his personality from this alt-art. A little swagger, some coolness, some arrogance. Nicely done.
9. Private Security Force
Excellent art. These guys look like they’re sending a message: "We are not to be fucked with."
8. Gordian Blade
Pretty solid, and references the flavor text from the original.
7. Aesop’s Pawnshop
Like Wyldside, I like the big “shop” view as opposed to just Aesop himself.
6. NBN: MN
Simple, but tells you everything you need to know about NBN with just one picture.
5. Jinteki: PE
Looks absolutely fantastic.
4. Kate MaCaffery
This alt-art alone makes me want to play her.
3. Melange Mining Corp
This is what mining on the moon should look like. The He3 must flow, baby.
Excellent character portrait, and has his console to boot. Fantastic.
1. Plascrete Carapace
Damn, I want that armor. Do we know if it represents someone in this picture?
Neat survey. Thanks for sharing.