|It's Time to Head Upstalk
The First Data Pack in the Lunar Cycle for Android: Netrunner Is Now Available
|Android: Netrunner The Card Game | Published 24 July 2014|
It was binary. Elemental. Powerful. Unmatched in its purity. It must be a source. Eden. Hades. Utopia. The nodes that built the net. The oldest protocols.…
Your quest for the legendary source protocols begins now… Upstalk, the first Data Pack in the Lunar Cycle for Android: Netrunner, is now available at your local retailer and online through our webstore!
With its sixty new cards (three copies each of twenty different cards), Upstalk follows cyber explorer Nasir Meidan’s obsessive search for the net’s legendary source protocols. These nodes either built the net, or they’re nothing more than myth. If they actually do exist, wouldn’t they have degraded over time? It’s likely they would have fragmented so badly that their streams would be almost impossible to detect. Still, if they didn’t degrade, is it possible that they could have somehow evolved?
To answer these questions, Nasir Meidan must travel beyond the reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere. That means a journey up the Beanstalk, and each step up the Beanstalk is one step further removed from the Earth and the established ways of thinking about the game’s cat-and-mouse cyberstruggles.
Here, the game defies standard expectations. Corporate trace attempts can punish Runners even when they fail. Corporate assets are everywhere, there’s no life outside of Corporate-sponsored air, and there’s a chance that those who manage or run the net may encounter a shard or fragment of the mythical source code.
Shards of the Source Code
Starting with Upstalk, each of the six Data Packs in the Lunar Cycle introduces a fragment or shard from the legendary source protocols: three fragments for the Corps, and three shards for the Runners.
Like the Eden Shard (Upstalk, 20), each shard is “Limit 1 per deck” and enters the game as a seven-cost virtual resource that a Runner can install from his grip for free, instead of accessing cards, after completing a successful run against a central server. Then, once installed, each shard of the legendary source protocols presents the Runner the option to trash it in exchange for a powerful effect.
In the case of the Eden Shard, the Runner may trash it to force the Corp to draw two cards. It may be foolish to grant the Corp this extra card draw early in the game when your Runner has the advantage, and it may even be unwise in the middle of the game when you need to buy time to finish building your rig. Still, Eden Shard presents a number of potent late-game options.
What Will You Discover?
With Eden Shard, two new identities, and a host of new ice, assets, resources, and events, Upstalk offers plenty of material certain to excite any cyber explorer.
Head to your local retailer to pick up your copy today!
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.