I've enjoyed my time playing Android: Netrunner and greatly enjoyed writing this blog, but I think my time with the game is ending.
I didn't blog much throughout the Store Championships because I was playing and thinking about the game so intently. Unfortunately that seems to have been my undoing - I played in 5 Store Championships over 6 weeks and somewhere along the line I simply overdosed on Netrunner and stopped enjoying it.
My Store Championship journey was a very positive one - each event was 20+ players with 5 rounds of Swiss and I made Top 4 in all but the last one, which is a record I'm proud of. But for all my winning ways by the last two Store Championships I was making a lot of mistakes and losing games that I shouldn't have lost. Analysing why those mistakes had started to creep into my game told me something important: I'd stopped caring.
I was no longer enjoying playing Netrunner, I was no longer interested in the games, and as a result I was sleepwalking into bad situations and bad decisions. My knee jerk reaction was to quit the game and sell my cards but enough people gave me sage advice to take a break and recharge that I decided to do so. However several weeks down the line I find that I still have no enthusiasm for the game. There are no decks I want to build, no cards I want to experiment with, no identities I want to explore, and no matchups I want to play.
I think that means it's time to leave.
This may well not be my final blog, though. One of the ironies is that as much as I'm bored of Netrunner I still enjoy writing about the game and I remain very proud of this blog, so even though I don't enjoy playing any more there may be a few things I find time to write about before I finally turn the lights off.
If so I hope you'll continue to do me the honor of reading my words.