Firstly a big welcome back to anyone who skipped the last post on Pandemic Legacy. Here's what you missed… Lol had ya. But seriously here is today's post…
Last night I went along to the Chatteris Warlords Gaming Group on the promise of being able to do some running against the corporations.
Chatteris Warlords is as the name suggests a board gaming group based in the Fenland town of Chatteris. It meets up on a Tuesday night at a working man's club in the town. This means you need to join the working man's club (an annual payment of ten gold coins of the realm, unless I could pass for my nan and get the over eighties price of three and a half gold coins), which entitles you to purchase beverages from the barkeeps, plus a yearly membership fee of one gold coin to join the gaming group it self, followed paying another gold coin on the nights you attend.
Luckily for this one time I was able to “try before I bought” and go along as a guest.
When I got there I knew to speak to a couple of people (from my visits to The Hobbit Hole my FLGS) so I wasn't going in cold, not knowing anyone. A game of 7 Wonders was in progress, while the war gamers of the group were busy setting up their terrain ready to do battle in whatever historical context they had chosen.
Another guest arrived from March also there to play some Netrunner. They had played before but mainly online.
We both knew that the other players hoping to play Netrunner were noobs (mind you I'm not much better) and only had core sets. With that information in mind, that is how I built my two decks for the evening, using just what was available in the core set.
So here is “Core Noise” the Noise deck I built for playing with last night.
Noise (Core Set)
3x Demolition Run (Core Set)
2x Déjà Vu (Core Set)
3x Diesel (Core Set) ····· ·
3x Infiltration (Core Set)
1x Stimhack (Core Set)
3x Sure Gamble (Core Set)
2x The Maker's Eye (Core Set) ····
3x Cyberfeeder (Core Set)
1x Grimoire (Core Set)
1x Aesop's Pawnshop (Core Set) ··
3x Armitage Codebusting (Core Set)
1x Ice Carver (Core Set)
2x Wyldside (Core Set)
3x Crypsis (Core Set)
2x Wyrm (Core Set)
1x Corroder (Core Set)
1x Mimic (Core Set)
1x Yog.0 (Core Set) (MWL)
2x Datasucker (Core Set)
2x Djinn (Core Set)
2x Medium (Core Set)
3x Parasite (Core Set) (MWL)
Cards in deck: 45 (min 45)
12/11 influence used
4 cards from MWL
Cards up to Core Set
I had also built a NBN Making News deck that I had with me.
We sat down to play a game, I was given the choice of which side I preferred to play Runner or Corp. I naturally went Runner.
Cards shuffled, starting hands drawn, starting credits taken, the battle lines were drawn, it was Haas-Bioroid (Engineering the Future) v Noise.
First blood went to HB, I ran archives, stole an agenda. HB scored again, I stole a second agenda from archives.
The game came down to an agenda sitting behind a remote server. It had been advanced twice. The corp scores it they win, I steal it I win.
I used infiltration to confirm it was an agenda. Then I ran that remote server. I broke through the two ice defending the remote server using my Crypsis, I had three credits left. The dirty Corp player rezed a Red Herrings, I needed five credits to steal the agenda. Bugger I only had three! I was two lousy credits short. Two lousy credits cost me the win.
Well you know how the story ends, on their turn the Corp advances the agenda and scores it for the win!
Next time we meet we will have our “normal” decks with us. So we will be able to utilise all the nice card abilities that we are used to.
It was fun playing core set cards only. You forget when building a deck how limited your choices are, and how much you rely on certain cards.
In another part of the room a new game of Netrunner was about to start. This was going to be a match up between Noise as the runner and Jinteki (Personal Evolution). The decks used were the preconstructed ones in the core set.
I watched the game, and offered help and guidance where I could. Or was that hinderance? The game ended in a win for Jinteki via meat damage. The runner had self inflicted two brain damage after playing two Stimhacks. The corp had landed a tag on the runner, and after scoring Private Security Force, that gained “spend a click: Do 1 meat damage”. It had been a waiting game on the corp side. As soon as the runner dropped to two cards in his grip, click, click, click, you are dead.
While this game was being played we discussed how much the theme of Netrunner is so awesome, and just how thematic the game is. I just love the whole Android universe.
It was time for me to head on back home. I will definitely be back and joining the group. Playing with this group will give me my miniature gaming fix (Imperial Assault/X-Wing etc), and my CCG/LCG fix.
After doing a quick head count, including myself there should be six Netrunner players. The start of a local meta? Regular Netrunner who would have thought it possible?