It’s tempting to view the competitive scene as the be-all and end-all of a game, but what goes down at Evo, for example, doesn’t set the tone for every game of Street Fighter played for the rest of the year.
“It’s really important for new players to know that in Netrunner you can buy a core set alone and play it for months,” Stone says. “You can find out what factions you like, and buy those boxes. Figure out what kind of decks you like to play and buy those packs. There’s a misconception that you must buy everything, which comes from the competitive, collectible card game mindset, and the game really isn’t structured like that.”
Indeed, if you’re interested in Android: Netrunner we recommend that you pick up a core set, a copy of the data pack Opening Moves, and head to a local Netrunner event – check netrunners.co.uk – to get an introduction to the game from one of its established players.