Android:NetRunner References
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After reading this thread, I thought it would be fun to have a geeklist with any reference to anything in the Android: Netrunner universe.
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1. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:217]
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Melange Mining Corp

Reference: Dune. The substance around which the series revolves is often called the spice melange.
 
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2. Board Game: Archers [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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Archer

Flavor text references "Danger Zone."

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Weyland Consortium

A reference to the Alien Franchise.

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4. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:42]
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Armitage Codebusting

A reference to the character Armitage from Neuromancer by William Gibson.
 
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5. Board Game Designer: Kevin Wilson
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Whizzard (the new runner from the first expansion) is visually based on Kevin Wilson, recently ex of FFG.

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Yog.0 is a reference to the Lovecraft mytho's elder god, Yog Sothoth:

"Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth." ~The Dunwich Horror
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Noise:



Meet "ZeroCool" (from the movie "Hackers"):



I am also almost positive that NetRunner's "Kate" shaper is related to Hacker's "Kate".
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8. Board Game: Telepaths [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:10451]
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Jinteki's psychic clones are heavily influenced by Philip K. Dick's Minority Report.
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9. Board Game: Asimov's Foundation [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The Haas Bioroid "Androids" are tied to three laws of robotics, which is a very obvious nod towards Asimov.

In the original Android boardgame, Floyd is a character who is trying to overcome the limitations of his robotic laws.
See: "I, Robot" or maybe "Bicentenial Man".
 
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The "Beanstalk", the space elevator that goes from New Angeles to earth's orbit.

It comes from too many to be named sci-fi stories... *maybe* first recognized in Arthur C. Clarke Space Odyssey series, but since then used in everything from the BubbleCrisis Tokyo 2040 series to some Star Wars expanded universe stuff.
 
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11. Board Game: The Real Ghostbusters [Average Rating:5.42 Unranked]
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ZU.13 Key Master

Clearly a reference to Ghostbusters.
 
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12. Board Game: Android: Netrunner – Future Proof [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked]
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