Neal's Last Words
by Byron "Neal" Massey
Deal with PurgeTech(tm)
This week I am proud to present a very modern Tag and Bag deck
designed by Karl de Veres. Karl and I have been working together
for some time now, and I can assure you that his Corporate intuition
is nearly infallible. I hope you have a lot of fun blowing up TagMe
Runners and generally wreaking havoc in netspace. So, without further
ado, I present Karl's new startup company.
The rarity distribution is Rares/Uncommons/Vitals/Commons: 7/16/0/22
Welcome to PurgeTech(tm), the corporation dedicated to cleansing
the city of criminal runners. Our new technologies allow us to pinpoint
a runner anywhere in the city, and sometimes even before his first
break-in. Lemme give you the inside scoop on our plan:
ICE (6) Operations (27) Nodes (6) Agenda (6)
3 Bioweapons Engineering
3 Corporate Headhunters
These agenda increase the efficiency of your meat damage. The Bioweapons
Engineering allows the Scorched Earths to do 5 meat damage and the
Corporate Headhunters to do 2 meat. The Headhunters also have the
neat little ability of reducing the Runner's hand size. You have
to score 3 if you wanna process out, but that's a small price to
pay for these gems.
11 Accounts Receivable
With 11 Accounts Receivables, money shouldn't be a problem. Just
ice HQ and beware of the Taxman and other nasty runner tricks.
3 Data Wall
There are only 6 ICE in this deck, as your money is better spent
elsewhere, and it's always useful to tempt prospective Runners.
Finding society's true enemies will allow you to do a valuable service
for the community. Icing HQ and 1 other fort are usually a good
idea, and later R&D.
4 City Surveillance
2 Schlaghund Pointers
2 Underworld Mole
The hardest part about tagging the runner is waiting till he runs
so you can nail him. Decks like Bozomatic, Short Stack, and any
Top Runner's Conference deck, all wait until they are completely
set up to run, and when they do, you can expect the game to be over
right then and there. That is the main problem with Manhunt decks.
The 4 City Surveillance are useful against any Runner that relies
on Bodyweight or Jack'n'Joe to get their supplies. If they don't
take the tags, they at least will be spending an awful lot of money,
and that will inevitably slow them down.
Use the 2 Schlaghund Pointers to put a tag on a Runner that has
run in the past. It's a little more expensive than a Chance Observation,
but at least you can get it later, and not have it be a total waste.
The 2 Underworld Moles are especially useful against any Loan from
Chiba deck, and are really fun to use when somebody pops out their
link without enough bits to use it successfully.
Tags are very important. I think that you can tag a Runner in almost
any situation: when he is drawing, running, installing resources.
The only situation not covered is a runner that is not doing any
of the above three activities. A Blood Cat is the only way to get
this runner, but if he is doing that little, you can probably fast
advance your way to victory.
6 Scorched Earth
This doesn't seem like much, but if this isn't enough, the world's
Corporations have some pretty big problems. If a runner has an ESC
on the table, bag him anyway. He'll be down to three actions (that'll
screw up Bozomatic and many other Runners who rely on having 4 actions
per turn) and have a hand size of one less. Full Body Conversion
will give you some trouble. Try to use the Corporate Headhunters
early, while he only has 1 or 2 FBC's out, and reduce his hand size
a bit. You can then save up for a big hit later; watch his hand
Identity Donor is probably the single biggest problem for this
deck. Tagging him shouldn't be hard, but doing any lasting meat
damage will be nearly impossible; Use caution, we don't want to
get a bad rep!
2 Closed Accounts
2 Corprunner's Shattered Remains
These are especially useful against Tagme decks. They usually rely
on Full Body Conversion or Armored Fridge, and many others increase
their hand size using the MRAM Chip or the Militech MRAM Chip. A
Runner lured into one of these babies can find his hardware in a
real state. It might be hard to lure the Runner into the trap, but
try using Namatoki Plaza and Siren. I couldn't find the room in
this deck, but maybe you can. Closed Accounts can be an affective
tool against a Tagme deck, and is probably your only recourse against
the Identity Donor. A well-timed Closed Accounts can bring an end
to many Runners' plans.
Fast Advancement (4):
4 Project Consultants
Our Corporation is out for blood, but it's not stupid. It knows
that the sick and devious Runner has evil forces plotting against
the Corporations in ways not yet imagined. We put a back door clause
into our mission statement. Don't be afraid to process your information
and leave the Runner nothing to discover. The 4 Project Consultants
should get you out of a jam, or give you a boost early in the game
by putting those Headhunters to work.
Some key things to remember when playing this deck are:
1) Get the tags on the runner. Tag me decks will do this for you.
Loan decks could prove difficult as they usually use Access through
Alpha, though the City Surveillances should help. Your Schlaghund
Pointers can put down decks that run early. City Surveillance is
your key to nailing decks that draw like crazy, but don't run. The
hardest deck to get a tag on is one that single draws, lays out
Fall Guys, uses a good link and picks runs carefully; These decks
are very slow, but are cautious enough to protect themselves against
our plot. Look for openings, they're out there.
2) Use the tags. Bag any runner that you can. Save money for FBC,
or use the Shattered Remains to get rid of it. Bag a runner even
if he has an ESC out, it'll still hurt. Be careful when trying to
bag an Identity Donor, they usually carry around a Scaldan or two
with them. Look for opportunities. And, even if you can't bag the
Runner, take away his allowance! That'll shut him up for a while!
3) Know when to quit. If there just isn't any way to bag the perp,
Process your data and close up shop. It may be the coward's way
out, but it beats going down in flames.
I hope that you can employ these new technologies and aid us in
the struggle to eradicate criminal break-ins everywhere.
-Karl De Veres