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Ultimate Johannesburg Boardgaming Guide

I’m a Joburger boardgamer, and I’m always on the lookout for:

  • More games to play (good ones, though I’ll try everything once)
  • More people to play with (boardgames are all about the meta – playing the same game with different people makes it a completely different experience!)
  • More flexibility (the more groups you know the more you can find the right time to fit around your schedule)

If any of the above ideas tickle your fancy, I issue you my official Seal Of Awesome. So many people stick to their regular playgroup and never venture out of it, so I thought it would be great if we all came together in glorious boardgy more often than the annual events!

 

The focus is on playing

I have collected here from my experience and some grapevines some of the best ways I know to get playing with groups outside of your immediate friends. I wrote this with the focus on inclusivity and playing, not on buying stuff, though those aspects sometimes do happily coincide.

 

1. Boardgames Joburg group on meetup.com – Monthly

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Meetup.com is a great place to find common interest groups who are well-organised and regular… Yes… Regular. the Boardgames Joburg Group is a great group that has a general meetup at least once a month where people bring and play a pile of different games, and often has themed meetups in between for the popular choices (For example Catan and Dominion).

Notable games being played: Every kind of game, really.
Frequency:
Once a month minimum, often 3-4 times a month.
Base: The most common venue is around William Nicol close to the N1, but it varies.
Contact: http://www.meetup.com/Board-Games-Joburg/

 

2. Amuse Cafe Boardgame – Tuesday Nights

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Amuse Cafe is a cool little pub/bar joint in Linden that is super boardgame friendly. They have boardgames that patrons can pick up and play any time, but they’ve set aside Tuesday nights for boardgames. Once a month it’s a quiz night, but boardgamers still welcome. They have decent pub grub, liquor license, and amazing Glühwein when winter has come. Lots of character, it’s like a Central Perk for boardgames :) I’d go more often if my Tuesdays weren’t already taken by Capoeira.

Notable games being played: Pub-style games, so more casual, but anything goes too. Also a monthly quiz.
Frequency:
 Once a week, after 18h30.
Base: Linden: Shop 12 Manlam court 34 5th Street, corner 4th Avenue
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/AmuseGamesNight

 

3. Animeworx Boardgame Fortnights

Unfortunately this one seems to have stopped happening. Sorry :(

AnimeWorx Boardgame nights

AnimeworX is our local mainstream geekery retailer, and known for hosting a couple of different clubs. Their games evenings used to be weekly but had been changed to every two weeks (that’s what fortnightly means, I’m sure you know what it means, but that was for *their* benefit). Could you say just say “Fortnights”? Cos it happens to be night too? Or do you have to say “Fortnightly Nights”? Anyway the AWX evenings are good ones, they’ve even been thoughtful enough to disallow Warhammer games, which in the beginning kind of overtook most of the tables (because they get REALLY sprawling and isn’t very social :P). This has made the event a lot friendlier and social.

Notable games being played: X-Wing miniature game, Netrunner, but also whatever else happens to be there. Great variety. No Warhammer!
Frequency:
 Once every two weeks, after 18h30

Base: AnimeworX, Brightwater Commons
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/AWX.AnimeWorX/events

 

4. Outer Limits – Public Holidays & other whens

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On most public holidays, Outer Limits (the quintessential Joburg hobby shop!) hosts boardgame days. It starts right from the crack of the morning light (ok 9am) and runs till about 5-6ish. Super kudos for converting their holidays to work days, but a fun work day! Plenty of people turn up, plenty of different games get played. Outer Limits also has regular game nights for Magic the Gathering and Heroclix, two super popular collectible games, so definitely look them up if you enjoy those monstrously addictive games. They also do an annual Lory Park Zoo games day where we all go hang out at the Lory Park Zoo, play with big cat cubs, gorgeous parrots, enjoy nature and boardgames, in support of the great conservation work they’re doing just here in Midrand. It’s sublime!

Notable games being played: Everything ever.
Frequency:
 Once every two weeks.
Base: 8 Main Road, Melville 2092
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/outerlimits.melville/events

 

5. DeeTwenty Geeking Venue

DeeTwenty Geeking venue

 

(photo credit: mbLife – http://www.mblife.co.za/Passion/DeeTwenty-Geek-Street-Pippa-Tshabalala/)

DeeTwenty is a new concept in the boardgaming socials – a few intrepid geeks once had the same thought I did (riiiight up there in the opening paragraphs), so they started up a venue dedicated to geeking. It’s a really different concept – it’s not a restaurant, you don’t have food there. It’s not a shop, you’re not be tempted to buy something shiny, it’s not a pub, so you’re not gonna get sloshed, it’s just a simply pure geeking venue. So how it works is you pay for use of the venue. There are daily, weekly, monthly membership options, and they regularly have events going on. Check their calendar to see what’s on!

Notable games being played: Probably everything ever.
Frequency:
 Often, check the calendar!
Base: 18 Consuenol Dr, Randburg 2194
Contact: http://dee-twenty.com/calendar/

 

6. Netrunners SA Events – when we can

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ANR:SA is our local Netrunner players community. We have events at least once a month, with cool swag and excellent people to play with, so if you enjoy deep, strategic card games, come join us! Netrunner is the BEST board/tabletop game ever. Richard Garfield took Magic: The Gathering, fixed all the gameplay problems with it (mana-screw syndrome, impossibly large card pool full of useless crap, decks that run themselves), then Fantasy Flight Games took the design and fixed distribution problems (Living Card Game format means no random boosters and stupid expensive singles, three-per-deck card limit means no stupid 30-of-a-single-card broken decks) and now it’s just sublime.

Notable games being played: Android: Netrunner.
Frequency:
 Once a month, at least. Also regularly at other meetups, including Amuse and AWX ones, as above.
Base: Usually at Outer Limits, as above
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/groups/netrunnerSAevents/

 

7. Outer Limits Pretoria – Wednesday Nights

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Pretoria also counts! I haven’t been to the Pretoria Outer Limits, but they look like an amazing bunch over yonder. Every Wednesday night they have a boardgame night, and it looks like a great blast, especially if you’re closer to that side of town. However they’re also close to the Hatfield Gautrain station, so travel isn’t entirely impossible.

Notable games being played: Everything ever, but they also have a few dedicated groups to Android: Netrunner, and even Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, and other classics.
Frequency: Weekly
Base: Outer Limits Hatfield, by Varsity Bakery. 293 Lynnwood Road, Pretoria
Contact: http://www.meetup.com/Board-and-table-top-gaming-in-Pretoria/

 

8. Timeless Boardgame Days – Monthly

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Super accessible, the whole point of Timeless’ boardgame days is come and play games for a day, especially if you don’t own any games. Tons of open games to play. I wrote a whole thing about them here – so read that.

Spoiler: Highly recommended!

Notable games being played: Everything ever. The point is that noone needs to bring their own, of course you may if you want to.
Frequency:
 Once a month.
Base: Bedford Chapel, 4 Bradford Road Bedfordview JHB
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/timelessboardgames

 

9. Battle Wizards Centurion – Wednesday Nights

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Battle Wizards is a new FLGS (Friendly Local Game Store) is open in Centurion, and they were also at rAge expo. They do a weekly boardgame evening on Wednesdays, as well as a bunch of other focused, regular events for Magic, X-Wing, Warhammer, Netrunner, and other big games. I haven’t been to them personally but they look pretty awesome, and doubly so if you’re in their neighbourhood.

Notable games being played: Everything, and presumably whatever people bring or get there.
Frequency:
 Once a week, Wednesday evenings.
Base: Shop 79, Doringkloof Mall, Lupin avenue, Centurion, Gauteng
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/battlewizards/

 

That rounds off this list for now!

If I missed anything you know, please let me know via the comments under here, or you can Tweet me, or mail me, or whatever, and I’ll definitely add it here and issue updates :)

Play you around! 😀

Octgn Netrunner: Fool-Proof Guide

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So my favourite card game in the world is Android: Netrunner (ANR). In addition to running the local ANRSA Events group, I’m making an effort to see that more people can play it online, from the comfort of their homes.

What? Play online you say?! The idea should be superbly appealing to anyone who enjoys the game, but many are turned away by the seemingly complex setup of the game. Well, it’s not as straightforward as an iPad app, because it *is* a third party card gaming engine (octgn) with a fourth party plugin made by the dev whizzard DB0, and not officially by Fantasy Flight, but let me tell you this:

It is really a pleasure to behold once you know how it works, and an even more so if you don’t have people to run with nearby.

So the point of this guide is to get you into the world of online ANR play as painlessly and quickly as possible! Let’s go!

Quick Overview

First of all, this is not intended for absolute beginners of ANR. Although the system automates some things, it is not a fully automated commercial game. If you don’t know how to play ANR, get someone to teach you before you even try this and get the crap confused out of you. This guide assumes basic knowledge of the ANR game.

Here are what this guide will cover. These links will take you straight to the corresponding chapters.

  1. Installing Octgn
  2. Installing the ANR plugin
  3. Getting into a game
  4. Building deck/s
  5. Playing the game
  6. Advanced play conventions

1. Installing Octgn

You need Windows. Sorry Mac users, but you can use parallels or bootcamp or whatever method to run Windows on your Mac to play.

  1. Download the latest stable version from the official Octgn site: http://octgn.net/Home/GetOctgn
  2. Run and install.
  3. If your computer doesn’t have the .NET Framework 4.0, it’ll prompt you to download and install it. Don’t worry, it’s not a virus. The install will then continue.
  4. Once you’re in the application, remember these two things – the tab menu, and the drop down menu.

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2. Installing the ANR plugin

Most of this section is by none other than DB0, the creator of the ANR Octgn plugin: Kudos for the creation + concise instructions!

  1. Run Octgn.
  2. Register a new account or log in with an existing one if you have one.
  3. Go to the game manager tab and click the “Add” button. In the window that will open type: Name: OCTGN Directory
  4. Feed URL/Path: https://www.myget.org/f/octgngamedirectory
  5. and press “Add”. A new feed should appear on the left.
  6. Click on the “OCTGN Directory” Feed. On the right a list of games should appear. Android:Netrunner should be on the top
  7. Click on Android:Netrunner and click “Install”. After a short wait it should finish.
  8. You are now ready to play. The game will automatically generate proxy cards to use, so you don’t need to download anything else.

(Optional) If you want, you can have card art, instead of proxies

  1. Go here and download all the card packs (.o8c) you find. Anything that says “(Censored)” includes cards where the card text has been blurred out.
  2. In OCTGN, go to game manager and click on “Add Image Packs”
  3. Select the .o8c files you download them one by one and install them. You will see a install window and once each pack is installed, you’ll see a pop-up window confirming this. This should take a few seconds at most.
  4. Done! Your sets now contain card art.

Alternatively: Here’s a great guide on how to create an image pack on Boardgamegeek

3. Getting into a game

You’ll want to do one of these things:

  • Find an existing open match.
  • Find and start your own game, and wait for someone to join
  • Find your friends and join their game.

Find an existing open match

  • Just go to the Play tab menu, and use the button Hide uninstalled games to see only ANR games running.
  • Double click on an open game to go in. The common “LF Corp” or “LF Runner” notation shows the owner of the game wanting a runner or corp opponent.
  • In the game chatroom, discuss the terms of engagement (I corp or you run or whatever), and the owner of the game will click start.

Start your own game, and wait for someone to join

  • Go to the Play tab, and Start game.
  • Type in a descriptive name, like LF runner or LF corp if you’re looking specifically to play a side. I also use [beginner] or [experienced] or [experimenting]. Beginners who announce that they’re new are likely to get people helping them with the interface.
  • Choose the game. In our case it’s “Android: Netrunner”.
  • A password is optional if you want a completely private game.
  • Click the A or B next to your name to change sides – A is corp, B is runner, though it doesn’t really matter now as an update made the game update in the game according to the deck you load.
  • When two players are present, press Start to start the game.
  • If more than 2 players are in the game, the extra players beyond the two players can spectate the game.

Find your friends and join their game

  • To friend people on octgn, go to the Community Chat tab
  • Type in the friend’s name in the box – unfortunately offline accounts aren’t shown, so friends will have to be online to be added.
  • You can chat via the interface. If you’re in a game, incoming messages don’t have notifications and sit in the main lobby window, so they could be missed.
  • Start a game by going to the Play tab and creating/joining the right one (you can see the game owner) as usual.

4. Building decks

Of course you want to build your own decks. This is one of the best things about playing ANR online – not having to sift through boxes/folders of cardboard. There are a few recommended ways of deckbuilding:

1. http://www.cardgamedb.com/

A fansite that was eventually bought by Fantasy Flight Games. They have a great online deckbuilder, the only one with all thumbnails, and you can save all your decks online if you have an account registered. Exports to octgn, but may change (in fact did for a day) due to being officially owned now. Can be a tad slow. Good stuff.

2. http://netrunnerdb.com/

The fastest and cleanest online deckbuilder. Saves and loads speedily, can share, has cool keyboard shortcuts. This is the one I use now after the octgn export function threatened to disappear from cardgamedb. Unfortunately, no card art thumbnails, which I prefer to see as I’m quite a visual guy. Within a day, the creator of netrunnerdb.com changed it to include thumbnail views :) Awesome guy 😀 Use netrunnerdb.com! 😀

3. http://netrunner.meteor.com/

Many players swear by this one, and it’s pretty good. Clean, has card art on hover. Also recommendable, but I haven’t really used it.

4. Octgn built in deckbuilder

Octgn also has a built-in deckbuilder. It works, but it lacks the speed and grace of the online ones. Also it doesn’t report stats. To find it, go to the Dropdown menu > Deck Editor.

All of these has the function to export octgn deck files, so build your deck, and load from octgn when you’re in a game.

5. Playing the game

NB: Whenever you use any keyboard shortcuts, make sure you’re not in the chatbox, or the shortcut won’t register. Click somewhere on the tabletop first to get out of the chatbox.

First things

Load deck Control + L Or use the menu bar and file > load deck.
Setup Control + Shift + S The first thing you do after loading your deck. Only do this after octgn checks your deck and it is ok. You can also just drag your identity from your hand to the table to do this.
Start turn F1 Typically, if you want to do anything before the start of your turn, after the opponent’s turn, do it first before you press F1.
End turn F12
Target card Shift + Click Before playing anything with a target (Parasite, Personal Touch, Oversight AI, etc), target that card first.Hosting works with this too. Target the thing your card will be hosted on before you play the card that will be hosted. Works for Caissas, programs played onto Dinosaurus, Djinn, Personal Touch, Oversight AI, etc.

 

General actions

Play a card from hand Double click it
Click for a cred Control + C
Draw a card Double click deck R&D/Stack
Create a remote server marker Control + S Use this to indicate that there’s a remote there. Runners interact with the marker to make runs.

 

Corp actions

Rez Ice Double click it Usually use this only during a run
Trash a resource (if runner is tagged) Target, then Control + Del When rezzing Archer, target the agenda you will forfeit first.
Advance a card Mouse over it, Alt + A
Install Ice Double click it from hand, move it manually Remember to pay for install costs when you install above first level of ICE.
Virus Sweep Double click the Virus Sweep card on the right Make sure you have three clicks to do this.

 

Runner actions

Remove tag Control + R
Make a run Double click the server marker During a run the runner signifies where they are by targeting the piece of ICE he is on, and wait for the corp to respond.
Use Icebreaker Double click it, and make multiple selections

Even after learning all the shortcuts it’s still good to remember that:

  1. You can change things manually – this is invaluable for take-backs and mistakes.
  2. Right clicking on the tabletop and cards will give you a lot of context menu controls.

6. Advanced play conventions

The above are the basics of play native to the system. Over time, players have developed certain conventions to help make playing the game smoother without having face-to-face communication tools. Knowing them really helps!

  • Making a run:

    When making a run, as the Runner, we usually use targeting (shift + click on card) to indicate which ICE we are on. So if there is an unrezzed ICE, target it to indicate you are waiting for the Corp to rez it. After breaking a piece of ICE, target the next one to indicate that you are continuing, otherwise there’ll be a tedious exchange of Corp: “Do you continue?” “yes” “ok let me think”. Bleh. Use targeting! Targeting is your friend to show your intentions!

  • Tracing:

    Whenever a trace happens, the corp starts by running the card and running the trace. The Corp will be given the chance to boost that trace. Then the runner must double click on this to set how much they will spend towards their link, remembering that Link will be added, and any recurring credits will be automatically spent (so if you have 3 Compromised Employees and want to spend those credits, you have to set 3c spend.)
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  • Viewing archives:

    When the runner discards it should only got to the face-up archive. If you put it in the face-down, you’re doing it wrong. Put it into the first one. Then, because it’s super useful, you can keep a window of archives open (yours and opponent’s, make sure it’s the face-up one) by right clicking the archive and selecting view > all cards. Don’t bother with visibility.

  • Remember to target:

    (shift+click a card) before playing any cards that require a target. This includes Parasite, Dirty Laundry, Femme Fatale, Test Running for a Femme Fatale/Parasite, Psychographics, Personal Workshop (target the card in your hand and double click Personal Workshop), Aesop’s Pawnshop (target the card on the table and double click Aesop’s Pawnshop), and many more.

  • Icebreakers and their strength:

    Icebreakers (all except some of the Shaper ones) are supposed to lose their strength after each ICE encountered. However this is not automated in Octgn, so just remember that. You can take the strength counters off manually, or you can just remember that it needs to be pumped again.

  • Stealth Credits and other kinds of specific credits:

    It would be best to manually take them off of cards (by dragging them off the card and releasing) and tell your opponent what you’re doing, or you’ll find yourself spending your Cloak credits on your Corroder and running into an Archer with 200 normal credits. There is also the option to right click on the card (in this case Cloak, not the Icebreaker) and find the Reserve Credits selection. Stealth and things are generally tricky to deal with in Octgn.

  • Bioroids:

    to break them using clicks you just manually set your clicks down. Some things aren’t automated and you don’t really need them to be.

If you still need it, here is a video made by ANRBlackhats that will show you a how to use Octgn:

Annnnd as a last bonus, here’s the official Octgn ANR keyboard commands cheat sheet for a really extensive play aid. I personally find it a bit too extensive but it’s good to have for completeness :)

And that’s that! Enjoy Octgn and ANR online! If you have any problems and questions, feel free to ask in comments, on twitter or wherever :) Run ya later alligator! (Though I enjoy corping more)

Oh, one last thing, fellow South African Netrunners – please remember to join us on our ANRSA Events group where we’ve always got events and things going on!

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