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Jason’s Board Game Collection — Android

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I heard about [bgt id=39339] shortly before they announced Android: Netrunner.  I was attracted to the future noir setting, and liked the idea of a murder mystery where the actual “solution” to the game isn’t predetermined.  It took quite a while to get it to the table, and sadly, I’ve only gotten to play it once.

In Android, you play one of several detectives set in a dystopian future.  You’re investigating a recent murder, but you have personal baggage to deal with as well.  Each character has its own flavor, its own personal quests, and its own way of dealing with the investigation.  Each player is also given two suspect cards.  One is the suspect that they are trying to prove is guilty, and one they’re trying to prove is innocent.  As you find evidence, you may choose which suspect it applies to, and if it’s incriminating or exonerating evidence.  As the game progresses, you will draw cards that will either further your own quests, or hinder your opponents progress and quests.  Each character has a balance “light and dark” that affects what types of cards you can play.

The game has a fairly high learning curve and there are a lot of bits and tokens to keep track of.  Our first play was a bit rocky, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.  I’m not sure Jeff and Allen enjoyed it quite as much, but I would certainly like to play it again. Hopefully, I can get this to the table again.

I very much enjoyed the setting of Android, and like it equally well in the Netrunner game.  I hope to play Infiltration soon, and also would like to pick up some of the novels.

4 Replies to “Jason’s Board Game Collection — Android

  1. When I heard about this game I immediately thought of one I have http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/32495/murder-city
    Murder City boils down to collecting clues and planting evidence and you go to trial and get the other players to call you bluff or not. It is not so much about innocence as “surviving the lifestyle”. I have a funny feeling Android is a much better game.

    I love a few things, I am not like a huge nerd and know everything about noir, but I love mysteries and read like 15 Mike Hammer Novels etc (not to mention I think Gil the Arm was an old pulp sci fi dective, and I have a few anothologies in that combined setting). so this Android looks interesting

  2. Jason I can’t say I enjoyed it but I would like to play it
    again. It has a lot of depth that requires multiple plays to get a
    feel for.

    1. I’d definitely like to give it another shot, now that we have the rules down. I found a few things we did wrong the first time, that I think will make the game go better.

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