Katrina Ostrander: The Worlds of Android



I really like the Android universe The Blade Runner ish feel with clones robots mega corps and limited stellar travel from humanity I am a fan of the novels and this was a great source book to the setting with amazing artwork Gotta agree with Janet The book repeats itself a lotI also didn t like how it focused on the Corps and only had like 10 pages for the Runner side Yes it mentions them as NetCriminals but it would be nice to have actually had information on some of the ID s from Netrunner out there The Chatlog with Smoke and two other unidentified runners talking about Whizzard being Boom d illed by an RPG was amusing as the book was published before that happened IIRCI d have liked fiction the runs being described for Noise and Kit were interesting and a bit art than some of the drier pages that repeated stuff explained in previous parts to make it a bit faster to read or at least a semi art book But eh it s not a bad little companion but not worth the 40 60 Fantasy Flight wants to charge for it Excellent background information and art for the world of Android An excellent companion to the Android universeIt fleshes out the settings seen in the books lcg and board game and gives details about the corporations society and technology all while providing some beautiful artIf you love the Android universe this is a must have I like getting to now the Android universe and maybe hints of what s coming in ANR but this is like super repetitive It s like the same history 5 times they expect skimming and incomplete reading so it s filler A great flavourful compendium of the setting that powers many great games from Fantasy Flight Games Gorgeous graphics good writing and interesting remixes of many a cyberpunknear future tropeFull disclaimer yes I play AndroidNetrunner so I am a bit biased D If you re interested in the Android universe the information here is interesting even though the bulk of the book reads like a Wikipedia page or perhaps an RPG source book with no crunchThe art is gorgeous and the story fragments are excellent This is uite the dense book There s a ton of material here If. The Worlds of Android is your definitive guide to An.

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S proper clone care Interlude A spy in Jinteki NBN The company s information monopolyWHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWLET US ENTERTAIN YOU Suggestion that NBN not only controls all media but intentionally offers countermedia to offset concerns of monopoly THE NETWORK History of the Blackout and rise of the NetworkREALITY AUGMENTED Specifics on PADs and off gridding Interlude Smoke breaks the Network A DEEP BLACK SEA Discussions of private and illegal networksBUILDING NEURAL BRIDGES netrunning gear cyberspace technobabblerisks of runningMYTHS AND LEGENDS OF THE NET sentient AIJUST FUN N GAMES You ids stop playing those compooter games Interlude Lily Lockwell gets a tip from Noise THE WEYLAND CONSORTIUM Weyland owns the Beanstalk plus everything elseTHE BOARD and is likely horribly corruptTHE NEW ANGELES SPACE ELEVATOR I can t even be pithy on this one this section is so long and is pushing the Real Science So Hard and I can t even it is just so beyond me and possibly written by a crazy personOkay at this point I ve abandoned the copious note taking because 1 the book gets a little clearly organized and 2 I m tired Part 2 The World Changed covers the city of New Angeles this is like the only brief section in the book and is complemented by a much longer and detailed run through in Shadow of the Beanstalk the sister title There s a decent rundown of other international superpowers not specific enough for gaming but enough to paint the world in broad strokes plus a weirdly over detailed discussion of the Moon colonies and a slightly balanced look at Mars Balance of info is all over the place really I feel like someone different wrote each section and no one consulted with one another on the ind of information they d been tasked to presentPart 3 People Did Not seems to have a balance of useful info that should have been covered already and really specific crunch that doesn t belong here The first section here covers and interstellar war that s relatively essential to the setting Then there s a long section on weaponry that feels totally out of place More laterEDIT Or not but I m pretty sure I finished it shut Eautiful 272 page hardbound setting guide and art bo.

You re an Android Netrunner fan then I highly recommend it If nothing else some of the best art used on cards is featured full page here The actual fiction is sometimes hit or miss Bits are ind of dry like a history But overall worth it for fans Feels half way between a world building book and a story book If you re a casual ANR player who enjoys the lore like myself you ll like a small story at the start where Noise makes a run using Femme Fatalle There are a few such snippet through out the book but now enough and the rest is an attempt at a comprehensive world building that uickly becomes repetitive and even boring In Which I Attempt to Annotate this Weirdly Organized Heavily Subsectioned Monstrosity OR The Center Cannot HoldINTRODUCTIONTHE WORLDS OF ANDROID Androids exist It is the futureARCHIVED MEMORIES Corporations mapped brains to make androids and clones Everyone hates themENGINEERING THE FUTURE The company who makes androids is called Haas Bioroid Interlude Floyd the robot detective discovers a murderous androidINFINITE FRONTIERS HB makes many PMS kinds of androidsPERSONAL EVOLUTION Jinteki makes clones Interlude Jinteki Chairman Hiro is threatened by his grandfatherREPLICATING PERFECTION Jinteki makes manyinds of clonesTHE WORLD IS YOURS Intro to NBN Interlude Noise hacks into something he shouldn t on HB s serversTHE NETWORK A description of the internetTHE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS Brief description of New AngelesBUILDING A BETTER TOMORROW Intro to Weyland and the BeanstalkMOVING UPWARDS History and explanation of the BeanstalkGATEWAY TO THE STARS Anatomy of the BeanstalkPART 1 IT IS THE FUTUREHAAS BIOROID History of the Haas familyBIOROIDS A bioroid s weekly routine Interlude Cynthia Haas sees her ex husbandENGINEERING THE MODERN WORKFORCE journalistic expos on the bioroid phenomenon Interlude Ismina Parker runs for Congress Interlude Ulysses the bioroid is born JINTEKI History of Chairman HiroACCELERATING DEVELOPMENTGENETIC PERSPECTIVES Genetic technobabbleJINTEKI WINS CHRONOS PROTOCOL BID Jinteki can reprogram clones in the fieldCLONES Advertising on HenryTenmaMolloy lines as well Droid setting and its uniue vision of the future A

Katrina Ostrander is a freelance writer editor worldbuilder and game master who previously worked in the tabletop games industry for Fantasy Flight Games In addition to her work as an editor of tie in fiction and the story manager of FFG’s proprietary IPs she has written for or developed over a dozen roleplaying game products including adventures supplements and core rulebooks