by Frisco Del Rosario
It's vacation time. I've put in for the time off, I've booked
a flight and reserved a room. In a month, I'm headed to Eugene,
Oregon, for the Northwest NetRunner Championship. I'm not even sure
if Wizards of the Coast is sanctioning this event, even though it
will be conducted in WC's backyard, but I'm willing to invest time
and money just to satisfy the jones.
In a sense, I feel obligated to go -- to spread the word, to evangelize.
The EuCon organizers are committed to conducting NetRunner demonstrations
throughout -- I think we who love the game and believe it's worth
promoting should descend on EuCon and show the Wizards folks that
we believe, by teaching and volunteering.
It's been seven *long* months since I've attended a Wizards-sanctioned
NetRunner event. NetRunner almost died. Wizards claims poor sales;
I think Proteus unbalanced it nearly to death. Meanwhile, Magic
players are jetting all over the world to sling $350 cards in their
global Pro Tour, and dating supermodels.
All we can do is build support at the grassroots level. Give cards
away. Teach. Write.
That concludes today's sermon. Let's begin making our plans to
win the Northwest NetRunner Championship.
What do we know about the opposition? I imagine that the corporate
style in Oregon leans towards strong defense, given local hero Byron
Massey's mean Highlighter/Demolition Run-based "Short Stack." Maybe
I'll load up on Social Engineerings and Senatorial Field Trips to
counter all the expected big ice.
I'm certainly going to pack a Terrorist Reprisal, which I think
is as strong as other super runner cards like Loan from Chiba and
Top Runners Conference, but much more stylish. Terrorist Reprisal
is a counterpunch, smacking the evil corporation for its Executive
In opposition to Terrorist Reprisal, it's easy to state the fact
that the prep only counters Black Ops agenda, but, c'mon, we all
play with Corporate War, whether we like it or not. Three agenda
points for three difficulty -- difficulty which can be reduced!
-- *plus* a 12-bit bonus (the occasional penalty is not relevant).
Corporate War is a stupid munchkin card, but it's also the only
three-point Black agenda, so if you don't want to play with too
many small agenda and can't plan for Political Overthrow, you have
to play with War.
Along with Terrorist Reprisal, I also plan to play with Deal with
Militech, since all of my decks must include at least one crappy
Why is it that Desperate Competitor and Hot Tip for WNS reward
agenda points for specific agenda liberation, but Deal with Militech
confers nothing but a +1 strength counter on installed icebreakers?
That's not even as good as a Clown, since Clown aids icebreakers
Deal with Militech fits well in Clown decks in particular, since
Clown schemes employ icebreakers with low strength. Part of Deal's
reward is that a Clown not installed might also mean saving the
cost of playing a daemon or memory chip.
One argument against Deal with Militech was that Artificial Security
Directors was the only Research agenda in play, but with the advent
of the mighty code gate plans, Encryption Breakthrough is increasingly