What is Shi.Kyu?

Shi.Kyu is the first online Android Netrunner cube draft simulation website.


Alright, so many collectable card games feature a mode of play called “drafting” where you have to build a deck using a significantly reduced card pool. It typically works by getting players to sit in a circle and select cards against each other in a draft. This style of play works in CCGs because players then get to keep the cards they used in the draft.

For Living Card Games (LCGs) like Android Netrunner, players typically have full access to all the cards to begin with, meaning that buying draft packs is often seen as expensive and unnecessary. As a solution to this, some players try to organise a “cube” for drafting in Netrunner. This cube contains a number of cards that player draft with, and then return the cards at the end. For more information about cube drafting, check out this article by Stimhack: http://stimhack.com/cube-drafting-101

Alright I get that, but what does that have to do with Shi.Kyu?

Shi.Kyu offers a completely new style of drafting to Netrunner. This is how it works.

Sounds pretty good, what’s the pros and the cons of this style of drafting:

The Good:

The Bad:

What do all these options mean?

With Shi.kyu, the number of options is designed to give draft organisers the ability to customise the draft experience as much as they want. These options include:

What’s the plan for the future?

Shi.kyu is currently an experiment in new draft modes for Living Card Games. If this website gets popular, there are plans to extend the functionality.

Some options include:

Who are you?

Me? I am just a Netrunner fan living in Brisbane, Australia. I’ve been playing Netrunner since Creation and Control. Shi.kyu is a project that I started out of my love of the game, and is completely unaffiliated with Fantasy Flight Games.

If you like what I do here, a small donation towards hosting fees and services would go a long way in keeping this site running for other people to enjoy.

Also if you find any bugs, or have any ideas of how to improve Shi.Kyu, or if you just want to say hello, you can contact me at samgillespie90 (at) gmail.com