Mikko Leho said:
The Android setting has given the designers a 'background' to work from which should add more 'flavour' to the game.
There was a setting in the original Netrunner game based on the Cyberpunk 2020 RPG. So far the Android setting looks to me less serious and more self-conscious than CP2020, which is not bad for a card game.
I presume you're getting the 'less serious' impression from that art. The board game actually leans pretty strongly to the darker side as gaming experiences go. It's a murder mystery and very noir in its design and feel. I suppose that can come across as 'self-conscious,' though that's not the word I'd use.
In any event, I heartily encourage anyone who's interested in NR to play Android. It's a very, very good game. Based on what I've seen so far, I don't think that knowing the board game would make much, if any, difference to one's ability to play NR (no more than being familiar with CP2020 did the original), but it would most certainly give one a better feel for the setting.