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07/13/04 @ 04:53:06 pm, Categories: Uncategorized, 655 words, 1738 views  

Well, yesterday, I got my auction swag in the mail. What did I get, you ask? Well, this requires a bit of backstory. Something like a decade ago, Wizards of The Coast released a new CCG called 'Netrunner'. It was based on the Cyberpunk 2020 pen & paper RPG, as well as the RPG's inspiration; the work of cyberpunk authors such as William Gibson and Neal Stephenson. Amusingly enough, I discovered Cyberpunk 2020, something that remains a big inspiration in my work to this day, through the Netrunner CCG.

When my family moved to Hightstown, NJ, I started hanging out at a place nearby called 'The Gamer's Realm'. I was into Magic: The Gathering, and Netrunner. And they were supposed to be having a Netrunner demo the following weekend. So, that weekend, I took my cards out to The Gamer's Realm, and.... There was no demo. The person who was to be giving it never showed up. BUT, I found something even better. I decided to see what the only other people there that afternoon were doing... And... They were running a Cyberpunk 2020 session. David Simpson, who would later become my GM, asked me if I was interested in joining them.

So, the next weekend, I was there with my own copy of the core rules book...And an obsession was born. (And I'm not talking about the addiction to Battletech that had me selling my SNES games for a few more miniatures, or another map pack)

So, back to the present. I'm always keeping an eye out for CP2020 sourcebooks I don't have, on ebay. Because, developing a manga/animated series set in that universe, I want all the background I can get. And my usual search for 'cyberpunk' found a bunch of unexpected entries for 'cyberpunk ccg' and 'cyberpunk tcg', and I figured they were just trying to draw attention to Netrunner... I clicked anyway. It was something I'd never seen before, and never expected; an actual Cyberpunk 2020 CCG.

Apparently they'd just made the rounds at all the gaming cons, like GenCon and whatnot, and they were giving out promo packs, and of course...people were selling them. All the promo packs I found on ebay consist of 2 starter decks, 3 booster packs, and a promo Arasaka sponser card.

I found one that had a Militech starter deck, a Gangs starter deck, three boosters, and TWO Arasaka promo cards.

Needing to see this game, I jumped on it.

Cost: $5.50 + $4.50 S/H

Not bad, considering the fact that it's $37 worth of stuff (The promo cards seem to go for $2.50 each)

Arasaka sponser card:
FEAR THE MEGACORP OF DOOM

I got a red-back, and a blue-back one. :3

Now, the game...

It's a really neat game. I like how there's several ways to win.

  1. Gain a total of 100 operations points
    Op points are gained for making a successful run on an operation (Yours or an opponent's), one of your opponent's locations, or your opponent's 'Stash'.


  2. Have 100 style points
    Characters (runners), and their equipment/cyberware all have stylepoint ratings. The number of stylepoints you have, is the sum total of all fielded runners and their equipment/cyberware.


  3. Achieve your sponser's special win condition
    This is what makes the game really interesting in my opinion. Depending on the sponser you choose, you get an additional win condition.

    For Militech, you have to end a turn with a successful run on an enemy op/location/stash, and have 120 points of short range firepower in the field.

    For the gangs, (this is the most amusing) you have to build an operational 'Punknaught' and play the 'trashin' the corp zone' event card.

There's some mild holes in the rulebook, but you kinda figure out how it works in your first test game.

I'm currently trying to figure out a way to hold online tourneys, so I can sign up as a Fixer :P

Links:
The official page
/si:'ber-puhnk/ - A very well done fan/info site for the CCG

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