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The Draconian Banned List

by Jens Kreutzer
using material by Byron 'Neal' Massey
thanks to Kristian Priisholm for the suggestion


Based on a suggestion made by Byron 'Neal' Massey, a new experimental tournament format has become popular with organizers and players alike. Posted to the Netrunner-L on January 17, 2002, Neal proposed a quite extensive list of banned cards in order to shake up the Constructed environment. In tournaments that choose to implement this list, the listed cards must not be included in the players' decks. Here is a quote by Neal that sums up his thoughts: "Under this list, games will develop over time, instead of happening instantly. I believe it is impossible to ignore your opponent under this list, although I would be delighted if a deck-building genius proved me wrong. And you'll see some really great people, like Herman Revista and Jenny Jett, off the unemployment lines."

This list was initially intended to be valid only for a limited period of time, after which it would change. That period was March 1, 2002 through July 1, 2002, and obviously has elapsed by now. However, since people seem to enjoy the format, and nobody has bothered to tamper with the list up till now, it's still there in its original form. For the convenience of players who plan on attending a Constructed tournament that features "Neal's Draconian Banned List", here is the complete list of cards you should refrain from putting into your decks:

Neal's Draconian Banned List

(60 Corp cards, 60 Runner cards)

AGENDAS
AI Chief Financial Officer
Artificial Security Directors
Corporate War
Data Fort Remapping
Executive Extraction
Fetal AI
Tycho Extension
Unlisted Research Lab

ICE
Crystal Wall
Data Wall
Data Wall 2.0
Dog Pile
Filter
Fire Wall
Glacier
Haunting Inquisition
Keeper
Mazer
Minotaur
Misleading Access Menus
Nerve Labyrinth
Puzzle
Quandary
Scramble
Sleeper
Snowbank

NODES
ACME Savings and Loan
BBS Whispering Campaign
Blood Cat
Chicago Branch
City Surveillance
Department of Misinformation
Department of Truth Enhancement
Indiscriminate Response Team
Remote Facility
Satellite Monitors
Siren
Strategic Planning Group

UPGRADES
Bizarre Encryption Scheme
Networked Center
Roving Submarine
Self-Destruct
Shock Treatment
Sterdroid
Street Enforcer
Weapons Depot

OPERATIONS
Accounts Receivable
Annual Reviews
Credit Consolidation
Data Sifters
Edgerunner, Inc., Temps
Efficiency Experts
Emergency Rig
Management Shake-Up
Manhunt
Overtime Incentives
Project Consultants
Reclamation Project
Systematic Layoffs
Underworld Mole

PROGRAMS
AI Boon
Armageddon
Bartmoss Memorial Icebreaker
Emergency Self-Construct
Enterprise, Inc., Shields
False Echo
Forward's Legacy
Hammer
Jackhammer
Loony Goon
Matador
Microtech AI Interface
Newsgroup Filter
Raffles
Rent-I-Con
Scaldan
Schematics Search Engine
Self-Modifying Code
Skeleton Passkeys
Taxman
Tinweasel
Viral Pipeline
Wizardfs Book
Wrecking Ball

HARDWARE
Bodyweight Data Creche

RESOURCES
Access through Alpha
Access to Arasaka
Access to Kiribati
Back Door to Netwatch
Broker
Death from Above
Elena Laskova
Executive File Clerk
Junkyard BBS
Loan from Chiba
Precision Bribery
Preying Mantis
Sandbox Dig
Technician Lover
The Short Circuit
Top Runners' Conference

PREPS
All-Hands
Bodyweight Synthetic Blood
Custodial Position
Demolition Run
Drone for a Day
Faked Hit
Forged Activation Orders
Gypsy Schedule Analyser
Identity Donor
Jack 'n' Joe
Livewire's Contacts
MIT West Tier
Organ Donor
Poisoned Water Supply
Priority Wreck
Promises, Promises
Remote Detonator
Rush Hour
Score!

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