Meet the Megacorporations of Android: Netrunner The Card Game
|Android: Netrunner The Card Game | Published 10 August 2012|
Recently, players gained the long-awaited opportunity to download the rules to Android: Netrunner The Card Game and learned more about the game’s seven distinct identities, including the game’s four megacorporations: Haas-Bioroid, Jinkteki, NBN, and Weyland Consortium. Each of these megalothic megacorps is a household name throughout the solar system.
Designed to inspire greater creativity in deck design and greater deck diversity, the game’s seven identities each have their own personality, strengths and weaknesses within the game, and an identity card. A Corporation player uses his identity card to represent his hand on the table (the Corp’s “HQ” or the Runner’s “grip”) and can consult the card for important information about the Corporation’s minimum deck size, maximum influence, and special abilities.
Today, we’ll explore each of these four massive companies, seeking to understand how they function in the world of Android: Netrunner and what players can look forward to seeing from them in the game itself.
Haas-Bioroid, “Effective. Reliable. Humane.”
The foremost bioroid manufacturer in the world, Haas-Bioroid is built on efficiency and reliability, and they hold all their products to a very high standard. Lately they have added to their production of physical bioroid sysops by experimenting with clever variants of AI that exist only in the Net and run their Intersec network.
Haas-Bioroid players would be wise to play to the company’s strengths, including its bioroid ice, and its abilities to draw cards back out of Archives, gain extra clicks, and destroy runners’ programs.
Jinteki, “When You Need the Human Touch.”
The world’s leader in cloning, Jinteki has designed many different genetically modified clones to perform a wide variety of tasks. Jinteki’s experimentation with human precognitive abilities has led them to the fore of data filtering and resulted in an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time. Jinteki’s natural aesthetic reflects an environment in a constant, but peaceful, state of evolution, one that has often led stray Runners into punishing traps.
Ambitious executives looking to make their name as a part of Jinketi should understand not only the face it shows to the world but also its core of hidden strengths: data filtering, coordination, net damage, and traps.
NBN, “Someone is Always Watching.”
A communications conglomerate, NBN controls a massive part of the flow of information. It owns a vast number of media outlets, both emerging and traditional. Accordingly, NBN has powerful prep cards, a large number of connections, and the ability to tag the Runner more easily than other Corps.
In the information game, NBN is the most well-connected Corporation, and they use their vast resources and connections to build strengths in information acquisition, accelerating agendas, and tracing and tagging Runners. They have also developed a unique array of ice that appear to feature lackluster subroutines, but these ice are front-loaded with strong abilities nested deeply so that Runners can’t break them.
Weyland Consortium, “Moving Upwards.”
The builders and part owners of the Beanstalk, Weyland Consortium is a multi-national corporation with deep pockets and an insatiable thirst for expansion. It is excellent at generating resources, playing hardball, and finding an alternative use for the resources it has already developed.
In search of new frontiers and constant progress, Weyland Consortium relies upon the wealth of its conglomerated business, its advanceable ice, and tagging and bagging Runners to protect its assets.
The four Corporate identities of Android: Netrunner differ greatly in their play styles, and players can further develop their own styles by forging Corporate alliances, building decks with cards from multiple Corporations, up to the influence limit of their home Corporation.
Next Up: A look at the three Runner identities from the game’s Core Set!
Based on the classic card game designed by Richard Garfield, Android: Netrunner The Card Game is a game for two players set in the dystopian future of Android. It pits monolothic megacorps against subversive netrunners in a high-stakes struggle for the control of valuable data.