Android Mainframe is a board game inspired by the popular living card game Android: Netrunner and it brings us into the same universe but now with the possibility of having up to four players in the same game.
The theme of the game is simple: “The mainframe at Titan Transnational Bank has been isolated. Its security protocols have been deactivated and the sysops shut out. You have 23 seconds to use a Sneakdoor before the security comes back online. Grab what you can. “
You play as a computer hacker (“runner” in the game’s jargon) and have to use the multitude of programs available to place, destroy or relocate the partitions on the board. Each one of the programs has its own requirements and quirks so the games will be different each time and through the partitions that you create you are able to gain access to new parts of the board.
“Set in the not-too-distant future of the popular Android universe, Android: Mainframe is a fast-paced strategy game in which you and up to three friends compete as rival runners, competing to score the biggest haul during your spirited, twenty-three second hack through Titan’s servers. You use programs to create, destroy, or relocate partitions between your opponents and the data you hope to secure, and populate new access points to ensure that your opponents don’t lock you out of other parts of the mainframe.”
The Android: Netrunner put a player in the shoes of a hacker and the other player in the place of a corporation which tried to stop them, but Android Mainframe only has runner players which compete against one another. The territories one claims will leave fewer resources for your opponents but they can also reshape the servers to prevent your future actions.
You will have several runners to choose from, each with a unique ability and way of playing. You can find out more about each one on the Fantasy Flight site and they also offer the complete game rules for free so make sure you check them out to see if Android Mainframe is a good choice for you!