Gameday First Play – Android: Mainframe

Posted on by Jesta

“When I said I could hack it in my sleep, did you think I was joking?”

~ Chaos Theory (Android: Netrunner)

You are elite cyber-criminals known as runners who are competing for control of a vulnerable bank’s various accounts. At the beginning of the game, you mark your arrival by the placement of your first access point. Then, each turn, you get to take a single action: establish another access point, execute a program, or pass. Your goal is to use the programs at your disposal to secure your access points so that they control as many of Titan’s vulnerable accounts as possible.

Most of the generic programs write pathways between Titan’s various nodes, allowing you to place a blue partition between the nodes on the board. Whenever your partitions seal off a section of the board containing only your access point or access points, they are “secured” and flipped face down. They are no longer vulnerable to your opponents’ programs, and you will score the accounts they control at the end of the game.

Another simple game. This is like the matchstick game you played at school where you’re trying to create boxes. but in this you’re trying to create large boxes with multiple tokens inside of them.

On your turn you either play a card from your hand of 3 special cards that relate to your character, play from one of the general cards on display or play a Access point (token) to the board.

Android Mainframe Board

The cards let you play or move Partitions or move and switch Access Points etc

Android Mainframe Cards

When you close an area that is JUST your Access Points, you flip them face down and that area is locked.

Those Access Points and Partitions making up the closed area cannot be moved.

Android Mainframe Closed Areas

At the end of the game you score points for each of your closed zones. You multiply the number of Access Points by the Number of Spaces in each zone you control, most points wins.

It’s a nice simple game, very mean though with all the moving of bits as you play but it’s quite quick.

For an abstract multiplayer game its a good one.

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