Sunday, 2 February 2014

Android: Netrunner - My Journey in a Dystopian Future - Part 17: Second Thoughts

Second Thoughts is the second data pack in the Spin cycle and adds some key cards to the game of Netrunner. I think the Corporation benefits the most from this pack, but here are my highlights on the Runner’s side:

Scheherazade is an Anarch program that allows you to host any number of programs, gaining a credit whenever you install one onto this card. While the programs installed on Scheherazade will still count towards your memory limit, if you can get it out early game, this is a useful money earner if you have a deck with programs like Deus X, Self-Modifying Code and Crescentus that are installed temporarily.

Recon is a Criminal Run event giving you the option to jack out when you encounter the first piece of ice. Excellent if you’re a cautious runner.
Bishop is a new Caissa program that, emulating the movement of the Bishop in a game of chess can be hosted on a piece of ice on a central server and then moved to a remote server and vice versa. The host ice has -2 strength. I haven’t experimented with any of the Caissa cards as yet, but I think you could really get an efficient deck going if you can get all the moving parts working together.

Over on the Corp’s side then, Clone Retirement provides Jinteki with an agenda they can score out of hand, removing a bad publicity as an added bonus. You’ll receive a bad publicity should the Runner steal this agenda, but that didn’t put me off adding this straight into my deck.
Atman has been a strong build these past few months for Shaper, but now the Corp has a defence against it. And against Crypsis, Darwin and Wyrm for that matter. Swordsman is a Jinteki Ice that the Runner cannot break with AI programs. It will trash an AI program and do one net damage. With just the one influence, this will find its place in any Corp deck and could really derail an Atman deck if they have got any back up breakers or means to trash that the Ice.

Finally, I have chosen Off the Grid. I haven’t used it myself, but I have come up against it and it has brought my running to a grinding halt. Installed in a remote server and rezzed for 6 credits, Off the Grid will be trashed after the Runner makes a successful run on HQ, but here’s the thing – the Runner cannot initiate a run on the Off the Grid server until making the run on HQ. So if the Corp has got some great defences on HQ, he has a remote server from which to score his agendas. 
It may be vulnerable to Sneakdoor Beta and costs a lot to rez, Off the Grid is nevertheless a powerful card if the Corp can get this set up.

In Part 18, we’ll be looking at the highlights of the Spin cycle’s third data pack, Mala Tempora.

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