A Nerd, Playing to Win

Hell hath no fury like nerds playing to win

Elliott Hauser
May 10, 2015 · 9 min read

tl;dr: Getting good at a nerdy card game is making me a better at other stuff too

Nerds vs Athletes

The Joys of Being a Nerd

Nerds vs. Athletes is one of the defining conflicts in pop culture. I’m trying to cultivate both traits in myself.


Netrunner cards in play. The face down blue cards on the left are known to the player on the left but not the player on the right.

If you’d told me I’d be getting real value in my professional life from a video game player I would not have believed you.

Playing to Win

“The scrub mentality is to be so shackled by self-imposed handicaps as to never have any hope of being truly good at a game.”

- David Sirlin

Learning to Love Account Siphon

A Winning Mindset

Where’s the fun?

The Serious Hobby

Netrunner Resources

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