Neal's Last Words
by Byron "Neal" Massey
Neal Goes Crazy
That's right, the eternal darkness of El Nino has driven me over
the edge. I'm putting my hard-earned money on the table in my first-ever
cash prize contest.
Send me your deck recipes. Not those tired, boring old ones that
have been around since Charles Babbage. Send me your most original,
most innovative, most entertaining, most successful deck ever. Something
no one has ever thought of before, something that is fun, creative,
If you send me the best deck recipe, I'll send you an autographed
card and twenty US dollars.
All entries must be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries
received after June 13 are automatically disqualified. A complete
entry consists of a postal address, an email address, a name, a
Netrunner deck list, and any explanation the contestant wishes to
submit. Incomplete entries may or may not be considered.
"Send me your dream decks, someone has to win the money."
The winning entry will be published in Neal's Last Words. Contestants
agree to allow such publication, free of charge, obligation or royalty,
by entering the contest.
No prize will be awarded unless 10 complete entries are submitted
before June 13. Each contestant may only submit one (1) Stack and
one (1) R&D. Submitting a second Stack or R&D disqualifies
Each entry will receive an email response listing the official
rankings of their deck. All rulings, rankings, and decisions are
final. Contestants agree to waive their right to dispute any contest
issue through entry. Void where prohibited or taxed. No purchase
The entries will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Decks that are based on concepts unknown to me will receive high
rankings. Decks that are tired and well-known retreads will receive
This is a measure of the ingeniousness of your plan. A two-card
combo might be very Original but not very creative. Do something
clever and you will receive a high ranking. Do something straightforward
and you will not.
Use of Unpopular Cards (0-5)
If you make a Stack with Hell's Run and Rabbit, you get five points.
If you make a Stack with ten Bodyweight Synthetic Blood and ten
Loan from Chiba, you get zero points.
Use of Duplicates (0-5)
If your deck only has 5 different cards, you get zero points. If
it has 45 different cards, you get 5 points.
This catagory is totally subjective. It tries to measure how fun
it is to play your entry. In general, having a great plan that requires
some decision making during play is the best.
Strength in Play (0-10)
If your deck nearly always wins, you get ten points. If it could
never possibly win, you get zero.
Remember, even if your deck scores zero in a single catagory, you
can still win the contest if you do well in all the other catagories.
What are you waiting for? Send me your dream decks, someone has
to win the money.