Letter from America (Part 2)

The boys are home safe having had a lovely time at worlds. So lovely in fact that they didn’t have time to record the end of their chat. Instead Rob asks them about their varyingly hazy memories of the final part of the week!



Letter from America (Part 1)

Half of the Bagpiper team went to worlds! Whether it was the better or worse half we’ll leave to your judgement, but Seamus believes the answer is obvious.


In this first part of our coverage of the greatest week in gaming, Seamus, Even, Jonny and Stephen talk about their hopes, their dreams and their fears through the week of worlds up until the day of the main event.

We break our tradition of naming episodes after Netrunner cards forced through a mostly imagined prism of Scottish idioms in honour of this classic song and Alistair Cooke‘s excellent radio programme.

If you are desperate to hear our three-weeks old thoughts on a tournament that – at the time of recording – had not yet taken place, then this is the episode for you. It’s also our first ever episode partly recorded in an airport!


The Makar’s Eye

When Theophilius Bagpiper told Rob and Seamus that he wanted them to interview former lead designer of Netrunner, Damon Stone, their minds filled with visions of transatlantic luxury flights and the glitz and glamour of California.


Once our hosts were unpacked from their shipping crate they were at least relieved to see the handsome face of Damon there to greet them. Ostensibly sent to find out about Core 2.0 and reflect on Damon’s time at the helm of Netrunner, things quickly turn breakfast-y. In our hosts’ defence, they had had a long flight.

Wee Episode No. 1

One evening Rob and Seamus found themselves at a loose end and decided to build some decks with the new core set that has everyone so excited. Theophilius, ever hungry for content, demanded they record and release their efforts.

chaos theory

We can’t be held accountable for the quality of the episode or the decks but if you really have nothing better to do you can now listen to your hosts build some decks and even watch them play a game on jinteki.net.

That’s right. We finally have (some very, very bad) video content!

The Chaos Theory and Making News decks we built can be found here and here.

Friends in Highland Places

Tired of the wait, Theophilius Bagpiper has recruited a pair of new hosts from the many poor unfortunates who have found themselves in his debt.


Fresh hosts are an opportunity to turn over a new leaf and that means an end to the off-topic nonsense that marred this podcast’s early episodes. Join Iain and Ronan as they get serious reviewing datapacks, beginning with the Genesis Cycle.

What will our new podcasteers make of Janus 1.0, the fearsome four-sub bioroid that’s sure to be dominating the meta for years to come?

But! Before they get to the inevitable job of dismissing this new Whizzard fellow as having a far too narrow ID ability, they discuss the European Championships with guests Seamus and Rob!

Net Polis

Cyber-criminals are in hiding and corps are cleaning up their acts. And they’d better, because the NAPD are cracking down on cyber and white-collar crime once again.


There is (finally) a new update to the Most Wanted List! It hits many of the cards that have been making people sad for some time and was accompanied by a host of heartwarming typos.

With Theophilius Bagpiper in hiding, Seamus and Rob have been celebrating with Netrunner and booze. We recommend you consume this podcast whilst mildly hung over with eggs prepared in the style of your choice.


Tatty Jones

Whizzard is dead, Andromeda is on the lam, Chaos Theory is too sad to netrun*. Investors have done the maths on Stronger Together and shares are plummeting.

Old Theophilius Bagpiper isn’t worried though. And why? Because he isn’t rotating.

This month (ish), Rob and Seamus are joined by UK Nats top 16 finisher and full-time son of a bitch, Jonny to talk about the big event on the horizon for everyone’s favourite cyber-noir living cardgame.

No, not Terminal Directive.

No, not a new MWL.

No! We’re talking about rotation.

* I’m not crying, you’re crying!

Ark Lochdown

And we’re back!

For the difficult second episode we’ve brought out the big guns – Andy’s big guns to be exact. He’s tiny, he’s strong and he’s excited to be on the podcast!


Off the back of talking about competitive play we move on to a kind of Netrunner far more stressful and tense than the second game of the grand final of any tournament.

It’s draft time, baby.


If you have funny stories from your own drafts or an animal noise you’d like to share please get in touch!

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Irn Bru Level Clearance – The first ever Theophilius Bagpiper podcast!

Introducing the Theophilius Bagpiper Podcast.

In our first episode we discuss the NAPD Most Wanted List and competitive Netrunner more broadly. Hosts Seamus and Rob are joined by fierce competitor and lovely man, Matthew, to help them make sense of what’s good, what’s too good and what makes your opponent saddest.

If you listen to the whole thing you’ll find out why there’s a picture of Seamus holding a potato here. Who could resist such a mystery?