by Frisco Del Rosario
Quest for Jamocattekin -- Searching for new ideas over ice cream
The recent days in the San Francisco Bay Area are long and hot. I
would like to share with you some of the thinking I did over two scoops
of Baskin-Robbins Jamoca. Proceed at your own risk.
I overheard a discussion of the construction of cool decks. The
more experienced player suggested that a good place to start exploring
would be in corporate agenda. He said that the newer player should
look for novel ways to advance agenda, or use the agenda's special
In time for next week's tournament -- with its "cool deck" prize
-- I wish to enliven the Data Fort Reclamation agenda.
The four-difficulty, two-point Gray Ops agenda rewards the corporation
10 bits for the construction of a new data fort. Data Fort Reclamation
compares unfavorably to the other four-difficulty Gray Ops -- Employee
Empowerment's card-drawing reward and Corporate Retreat's windfall
both seem to outweigh a Data Fort Reclamation, and they confer an
additional agenda point, to boot.
The other drawback to Data Fort Reclamation is a big one. Precision
Bribery nullifies Data Fort Reclamation's ability. However, in the
absence of Precision Bribery, other cards from the Proteus expansion
can maximize a Data Fort Reclamation score. A Reclaimed Sandstorm
can be installed with four subroutines, Sphinx 2006 can be installed
as a five-strength sentry.
Consider this: score Data Fort Reclamation, and install Braindance
Campaign, and three pieces of payback ice. That pays 21 bits over
time, and that's an outstanding bonus. Data Fort Reclamation favors
Rockerboy Promotion over BBS Whispering Campaign.
I think it would be hilarious to install 10 bits worth of ice
and a Viral Breeding Ground, and then blow the new fort up on the
Other ideas I kicked around:
Has anyone used the Pavit Bharat upgrade to haul a plain Grey
Ops agenda away from a fort and replaced it with the Fetal AI ambush
and a Red Herrings? Fetal AI is always cool, but to make it the
business end of a Pavit surprise is new.
Scoring more than one agenda per turn wins style points. Just
25 bits are needed to Edgerunner two 4-difficulty agenda, and Project
Consulting both of them. Install Corporate Negotiating Centers,
Rustbelt HQ Branches, and New Galveston City Grids until you turn
blue. Install a Panic Button on HQ, and hold the Main Office Relocations.
The other way to score multiple agendas in a turn is a chestnut
-- six Executive Extractions, six Genetics-Visionary Acquisitions,
and six Artificial Security Directors. I'm not convinced that this
is cool, though -- any novice can score a zero-difficulty agenda,
after all. You know, they have a name for this agenda set in the
Northwest -- they call it "The Golden Eighteen."
The speed agenda do have a lot of creative potential, though.
An Executive Extraction deck with a handful of Corporate Downsizings
or Hostile Takeovers could gain a pile of bits effortlessly.
Speaking of Gray Ops, someone's gotta be first to find a use for
Please Don't Choke Anyone. I think inexpensive damage ice like Laser
Wire and Chihuahua are key.
Do the unexpected. Reduce yourself to zero bits by advancing an
agenda, and then sell a counter to Raymond Ellison in order to rez
three Red Herrings. Pile five Lesley Majors and a Bizarre Encryption
Scheme on top of a Political Overthrow (and have the 25 bits necessary
to pay for Lesley).