Event: Mod • Cost: 0 • Influence: 2

Install a program or piece of hardware, lowering the install cost by 3.

There's no replacement for a home-grown program. Fed on late nights, oaty bars and single-minded determination. Cheaper, too.
Shaper • Ralph Beisner • Core Set #35
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Modded is an awesome accelerator, far too often undervalued.

Modded installs a piece of your RIG with a cost reduction of 3 creds. This means that you earn 3 credits and you install something at the same time.

Let's see when you might use this card:

Early game

The early game is where modded shines the brightest. The credits reduction at the beginning of the game (on a breaker - Gordian Blade, Snowball, Mimic or on Magnum Opus) is actually far more precious as they have more value than end-game credits. Indeed, having more credits early game gives you a stronger position mid-to-late game. Think of it as an investment rewarding you with compound interests. Besides, it might gives you the slight push you need to have a few lucky access on R&D and HQ while the corp stabilizes.

Mid to late game

Further in the game, modded is arguably less useful, unless you built your deck with Modded in mind:

Other uses

Although Modded is an awesome card (see above), it is not often imported in criminal or anarch decks, as it costs 2 influence points for an economy cards. There are several cases where you might want to import it though:

  • If you play Anarch with either Wyldside or Duggar's (with Joshua B. to get a 5th click and not waste too many drawn cards)
  • If you play Andromeda and you still want to reliably run first turn (modding a desperado turn 1 in Andy is pretty sweet).

Flavor In the picture, you can see a runner likely to be Kate "Mac" McCaffrey, installing Magnum Opus on her Rig. On the background, a skyline of buildings can be seen. If it is truly Kate on the picture, then the city might very well be New Angeles (see New Angeles City Hall flavor text). You may also notice two books on the far side of the desk, which means that Amazon has yet to digitalize the whole sum of human knowledge in the Android universe.

The flavor text provides a nice explanation to how the cards work and why Modded is truly a Shaper card: no off-the-shelf hardware or program here, but a creation designed and developed with fondness and love.

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Pros

  • good economy card with no upfront cost
  • this essentially does not cost a click to play, so it can be considered a 'fast' economy card

Cons

  • you actually have to install something for it to work
  • so can be useless lategame

Thoughts

  • trades a card for 3 credits
  • this is basically as good as the benchmark econ card Sure Gamble with some minor advantages:
    • you don't need 5 credits to begin with
    • compared to Sure Gamble you save a click and clicks are precious, so if your economy relies on Magnum Opus for example then Modded gives you 1 extra credit compared to Sure Gamble
  • This also helps you get cards out of your hand where clicks are really tight (Wyldside)
  • this works on top of Kate's ability, even The Toolbox "only" costs 5 credits then and cards for 4 credits becomes "free" to play - such as R&D Interface