by Frisco Del Rosario
I get mail commenting on my words here at the Card Place and on
the Wizards listserv. Some of the questions make up this, the first
Frisky AI FAQ:
Do you think Wizards will release another
Do you, really?
Yes. I don't know *when*, but I think that Wizards will eventually
see NetRunner the way television executives look at shows which
are critically-acclaimed but get low ratings. They're scared to
give the show to a rival network -- where its ratings could skyrocket
-- and maybe they'll call for more of it to be produced rather than
commit to an entirely new production. Sometimes the small TV audiences
which are loyal and vocal keep their shows on the air, and in time,
maybe the greater public comes around.
What would you like to see in an expansion?
Anything, as long as the new cards aren't as powerful as the Proteus
viruses and some of the Proteus resources. Time to Collect, Death
from Above, Precision Bribery...
Want to see these cards I designed?
No. I'm sorry, but I'd rather see your plans for cards which are
Don't you think it's fun to think of new
Sure. I'd like to see a prep which hits the corporation with bad
publicity after it scores a Black Ops agenda. It makes "real world"
sense, and it has the same balance in the play environment as Terrorist
Reprisal. Still, I think we can do more for the game by tinkering
with real cards, especially cards which no one else plays with.
What is your thing about bad cards, man?
I think people get bored looking at the same cards repeatedly
-- I know I do. Also, it says something about your skill if you
win with bad cards. It doesn't take much acumen to Systematically
Layoff an Artificial Security Directors, and then gain bits while
you wait to draw Corporate War.
Hey! I built a rawkin' deck with Corporate
War! Want to critique it?
No, I want you to get a life. Corporate War is bullcrap. Three
agenda points for three difficulty, plus a 12-bit reward, *and*
its difficulty can be reduced. Come on, even if Corporate War said,
"when you score Corporate War, lose all your bits," it would still
be a good card for its difficulty-to-points ratio and reduceable
Well, then, look at my new runner deck!
It's a bankrupt-the-corp, big-dig, reduce-corp-hand-size, increase-agenda-difficulty
I don't have to look at all the cards. I can tell already that
it doesn't work. You're trying to do too much. An effective deck
works towards a single idea. NetRunner is like chess in that way.
If you ask an average chess player what his plan is in a given position,
he might say, "I want to line up my rooks against his queen, and
trap his knight, and disrupt his pawn structure, and checkmate him."
A grandmaster in the same position might say, "I want to centralize
my knight." Outstanding chessplayers aim for very little in any
position -- the control of one key square, or the improved placement
of one piece. Well-designed NetRunner decks are tightly focused.
Can you recommend a place to buy cards?
I enjoy reading rec.games.trading-cards.marketplace.misc. There
are as many bargains as there are dealers who list Pox and Butcher
Boy for sale for $1.25. So, I can't recommend any one vendor, because
I like shopping so much.
Do you think there will ever be a marketplace
for NetRunner like there is for Magic?
I hope not. My best-loved deck contains11 rares, worth about $33.
I feel sorry for players who find they *really love* Magic, but
can't afford to explore their ideas.
I think your ideas about a World Domination
deck suck. I would...
I think your ideas about a Siren deck suck. I would...
I think your ideas about Hijack suck. I play it this way....
I think you're wrong about Joan of Arc. I install....
You're absolutely right to examine my ideas critically. Keep those
cards and letters coming.