Yeah, good for CP to control some of the rampant speculation and rumor...that shit gets around.
I can't believe there's hysteria over Netrunner, of all things. Folks, the game has been around for a while...
+1 to Bull, but I think it's because it's going to be actively supported. There was a cult following in the 90s but it never proceeded past two expansions. The new version is obviously tapping that old audience, plus a lot of people who liked the concept of the old game but never got into it (like me), and new fans who'd rather tap into an ongoing supported product than one that is sitting around in the bargain bins and will never go anywhere. Doesn't seem that surprising to me. Obviously, I wasn't willing to shell out the $ and time to head to Gen Con to be first on my block so I guess I'm not part of the hysteria, but I am pretty geeked about it and will be for the next month until it finally hits the street.
Back in the '90s, I went to GenCon nearly every year. One year, there was going to be a 2nd edition of Shadowrun debuting at GenCon, and one of my gaming buddies gave me cash to pick up a copy for him.
Thursday: I showed up at the FASA booth in the afternoon, only to find out that they were experiencing high demand, and were restricting their daily sales. The Thursday allotment had already sold out. They advised me to show up early the next day to pick up a copy.
Friday: A little while after the Great Hall opened up for the day, I wandered in and headed for the FASA booth. Too late. There was a line and one of the FASA booth guys was warning people at the end of the line that they were out of luck for the day.
Saturday: My word is my bond. I knew that the FASA booth was in a section of the Great Hall near a door to an adjacent area set aside for wargamers. I showed up early and hung out near that door, chatting up one of the security folks. I mentioned that I needed to get in there right at opening. Several minutes later, I was third in line to buy a copy of Shadowrun. Just before my turn, the FASA guys were already at the end of the rapidly-forming line, turning away people who were beyond the daily quote cut-off. One young guy looked like he was going into shock, or possibly tears. I couldn't help it, I pointed and laughed at him, slapping my knee. The very concept of Shadowrun annoyed me, mixing silly elves and fairies into cyberpunk for cheap gamers that couldn't spring for some more miniatures. But I kept my promise to my friend.
Sunday: I wandered by the FASA booth during my final visit to the Great Hall. There were sad and disgruntled gamers lingering near FASA, unhappy that they would need to wait another week before their local game shops might have Shadowrun 2nd edition available. I was briefly tempted to sell my friend's copy to the highest bidder, but my word is my bond. Besides, I would have had to hike several blocks to my car and back to deliver the goods.
I've never really understood the need to get something as soon as physically possible. I understand fighting to get a copy of a game that has a limited print run, but an FFG game? Copies of Net runner will be coming out of our ears in a month or so's time. One thing i like about FFG is that generally it isn't hard to find copies of their games, even three or four years after the initial release. With exception of some of the major euro companies, i can't say this for most board game publishers.