There are lots of ways to play Netrunner without getting too deep into the gaming scene, which is why it’s my hobby game of choice. (Even though I am a competitive player myself.)
I have no idea how much weight my recommendation carries, but we’re releasing a new player set at the end of this year which should cover all of those kinds of “How do I play without buying a collection and then having 12 people tell me I’m doing it wrong?” problems that these games sometimes have.
If you’re ever seriously interested feel free to DM me and I’ll point you in the right direction. (This is an open invitation to literally everybody on this forum.) Until such a point:
Netrunner is great and thematic, and lots of the individual cards also generate a great mirror between mechanics and theme. Sometimes you look at a card name and then when you read the effect you go “That’s exactly what I expected” and that’s the best feeling to have when playing any game.
To that extent: Some of the cards and mechanics in Battle for Rokugan do an excellent job of this. “Bless the Lands” sets a bunch of territories on fire which (given the context) is exactly what you expect it to do. The crab clan have the ability where their tokens (which you generally generate by defending) are worth extra defence points.
I love that gaaaame