Shortly before we moved from Chicago to California, the folks in my office gave me perhaps the most thoughtful gift I've ever received: a custom datapack of "official" Netrunner cards, with each card featuring some memory or inside-joke from my time at Google Chicago.
The amount of effort that went into this blows my mind. There's obviously a lot of content, but the thing that makes this so special to a Netrunner fan is all the little details. For example:
* They actually printed and folded a box exactly like the real datapack boxes. The box included not only all the cards, but also an awesome story insert, just like the real thing.
* All of the cards make mechanical and thematic sense; they would actually "work" in the game [though some balance fixes are desperately required]. ;-)
* Many of the cards have great flavortext, often with embarrassing-but-accurate quotes from me, such as the text on Diplomat ("At a meta-level, I'm happy that you're all so passionate about this subject."
), or Laser-Focused Metrics ("It's hard to find the right balance between fair and insane."
As you can see in the last shots in this album, these cards are now proudly on display above my new desk in Mountain View. I fully expect to be looking up at them, remembering Chicago, and grinning foolishly for years to come.
My understanding is that this was a big, group effort, but I also heard from many folks that +Jacob Matthews
was instrumental in making this happen. So, thanks so much to Jacob and to everyone who contributed to this gift!
My time in Chicago marked the best four years of my life. I miss you already.