All posts by Brian Cronin

Casual GNKs at Eudemonia on Wednesday Nights and Learn To Play

Do you wish you could play MORE Netrunner in Berkeley? Are you sick of sitting at home Wednesday nights re-filing your Netrunner collection to ensure nobody took one of your Global Food Initiatives?

Well, I have a solution! Come on down to Eudemonia Wednesday nights at 6pm to play Netrunner with us. We pop open a GNK when at least 4 people are playing.

Also, this coming Saturday the 30th of April, we are holding a Learn to Play event at Eudemonia. Bring along your friends and family. Decks will be provided. A few of us veterans will be present so don’t hesitate to bring along your abusive IG decks.

See ya at Eudemonia!

Regionals 2016 Results

56 players attended Regionals this year. The new Game Kastle in Mountain View was kind enough to host us.

Here are the final results:

  1. Greg Monson (Whizzard / Near-Earth Hub)
  2. Kris MacLennan (MaxX / Engineering the Future)
  3. Jon Dalesandry (Noise / Near-Earth Hub)
  4. Adam Cabrera (Hayley Kaplan / Near-Earth Hub)
  5. Noah Chapman (Kate “Mac” McCaffrey / Pālanā Foods)
  6. Brian Cronin (Whizzard / Spark Agency)
  7. Jamie Kennedy (MaxX / Industrial Genomics)
  8. Gerry Salinas (Whizzard / Engineering the Future)

Let’s start out with overall wins:


Not bad! With the timed Corp wins this is about as close to 50/50 as I’ve ever seen.

On the Corp side, red and yellow were popular:


I believe “Synthetic Systems” is Pālanā. I am not surprised to see the abundance of IG with the recent additions of Museum and Political assets. This is only going to continue with the release of Jeeves soon! Look forward to packing those Archives Interfaces a while longer…

I was surprised and happy to see my pet ID Spark leading the way on wins:


However, NEH appears to be the most consistent given the larger sample set.

Jinteki came out ahead in overall number of wins:


No surprises on the runner side. The dominance of assets has not let us. Whizzard represented a full 23% of the field.


I take that back, I am surprised to see Hayley at the top Shaper spot (only because Kate has been so dominate). Hayley is clearly a great ID and people are finally learning how to build her and take advantage of her click efficiency and Shaper tomfoolery.  Look at Adam’s deck if you are curious.

Looking at Runner wins, Whizzard was the most consistently victorious of the three most popular runners.


And Anarch dominated the total wins:


Here is the match up graph:


And all the nitty-gritty details are here.

Thanks everyone for attending and making this another great Regionals tournament! And thanks to Kendall for running the event!

Recent Store Championship Videos

We have been doing a lot of recording lately at Store Championships.

First I wanted to point everyone towards a great new channel: Oaktown Business Cast.

They just posted their first game from the Victory Point cut featuring Jamie and Ainsley.

We have also posted a couple recent games up to the SSF channel.

First up is the lower bracket finals at the Games of Berkeley cut featuring David and Todd. This is a really interesting one!

And the finals from the same tournament featuring Noah and Todd.

You can look forward to many more videos from both Bay Area channels!

Small Update

Hello Corporate Troubleshooters and fellow Tech Lords!

I wanted to update the front page to let everyone know we are still Running!

Our Event Calendar is the place to go to find tournaments, learning sessions, and casual meet ups. If you know of anything not listed, please get in touch!

The Mailing List is a great place to find opponents, carpools, and get notifications on upcoming events.

Our YouTube Channel has a massive backlog of games from local players and special tournaments like Worlds 2015! If you see me at a tournament, I will likely have my camera gear. If you have an interesting deck, let’s get it recorded!

Finally, there is a Chat Room if you want to discuss the latest decks and tech with other Bay Area players.

And if you are interested in contributing to the community in some way, please email Brian (programmingisgood at the popular Google mailing service).

We have some fun things planned for 2016 so make sure to get on that mailing list!

Games of Berkeley Store Championship 2015 Results

This was the biggest store championship I have been a part of at 55 players.

Luckily that rain cleared up in the morning because we had to announce pairings outside!
Luckily that rain cleared up in the morning because we had to announce pairings outside!

We played 6 rounds of Swiss and then cut to the top 8. The final game was played around 11:30pm. It was a long day!

One of the 4 play areas.
One of the 4 play areas.

With that number of players, I decided it was best if I focus on running the event which ended up being a good idea. I was able to focus on rulings and getting game results entered into the iPad which probably saved us about an hour over the day.

At the end of the day, Matthew Harrison-Trainor won his second Store Championship with Andy and NEH. Noah McKee had an insane run in Swiss, ending up with 22 prestige after only dropping 1 game.

The dungeon
The dungeon

Top 8 (including deck lists):

  1. Matthew Harrison-Trainor (Andy/NEH)
  2. Brian Dorfman (Kit/Tennin)
  3. Eric Fong (Whizzard/NEH)
  4. Weston Odom (Kate/ETF)
  5. Paul Satchell (CT/NEH)
  6. Winston Gao (Leela/CI)
  7. Noah McKee (Andy/Blue Sun)
  8. Adam Cabrera (CT/MN)
A few players hanging out in the afternoon sun between rounds
A few players hanging out in the afternoon sun between rounds

I always like to see the Corp/Runner win ratio.

winsCorps had a healthy advantage at 53% of the wins vs 43% for runner. The missing percents were in the ties (where Corp also had an advantage).


Over 330 games were played that day (not including the non-tournament games I forced people to play between rounds when they finished early).

corp-identitiesIn terms of Corp IDs, NEH was the most prevalent at 14 players. This matches expectations but what was a bit surprising was the amount of ETF at 9 players. From there, there was great diversity featuring everything from Gagarin to Custom Biotics.


Andromeda was of course featured heavily but I was surprised to see how popular Chaos Theory is right now (actually beating Andy in the popularity contest). Overall, there was a huge amount of diversity in runner IDs.

The back room was a bit cooler
The back room was a bit cooler

There is a ton more to go over. For full results, click here.

And here is the tournament on

Jared forgot his playmat. This wasn't a problem. He wasn't playing Exile unfortunately.
Jared forgot his playmat. This wasn’t a problem. He wasn’t playing Exile unfortunately.

April Games of Berkeley Achievements

Here are the achievements for the Games of Berkeley GNK tournament on April 12th:

I Know A Guy: Have the most Connection resources installed at the end of each of the games that you win.
CEO of the Year: Have the most amount of Agendas scored at the end of each of your games that you win.
Both of these are added up throughout the tournament and the winner is the player who has the most in each category. There will be special prizes for these. Please help get the word out about these!