Event: Sabotage • Cost: 1 • Influence: 2

Choose an unrezzed piece of ice. The Corp must either rez that ice or trash it.

As the hysteria in the room climbed higher up the corporate chain, an uneasy feeling of joblessness began to sink in on the lower rungs.
Criminal • Ed Mattinian • Core Set 20
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Forged Activation Orders

Early econ pressure which forces the Corp to spend credits and reveal ICE. Unlike facechecks, FAO is a definite way for the runner to discover an ICE. This comes with the added advantage that the corp will have to pay for them immediately. Very threatening when used in combination with Special Order and Account Siphon. Also gives the runner targets for Emergency Shutdown. The classic, back-to-basics sabotage suite.



  • prevents nasty surprises - such as Archer, or Komainu
  • sometimes puts the Corporation between a rock and a hard place


  • might be a waste of resources if the ice ends up something tiny like Pop-up Window - although even then, now you know what it is


  • the big question is: would you rather trash one piece of Ice or have the Corp pay for it?
  • can aid an Ice destruction strategy, if you can keep the Corp poor (Account Siphon etc.). If you can get the Corp poor, you can use Emergency Shutdown to derez an ice, then follow up with this for a guaranteed outcome of an ice trash
  • can be useful to drain the Corps coffers on a different(!) server before making a run
  • As Corp: don't install Ice you can't rez (or afford to lose)
  • however play Forged Activation Orders wisely, if you have a Killer, then running on a server probably has the same effect (Corp rezzes Ice)
  • One dilemma though: In order to use Forged Activation Orders well, you have to have a good read on the Corp player. If you have a good read however, why do you need Forged Activation Orders?
  • So it is probably being put to good use when played on Ice behind some other Ice - e.g. What you got there after Chum?
IMHO, using Emergency Shutdown to proc Forged Activation Orders is wasteful. Both cards are great for keeping the corp poor, but Forged Activation Orders has the added advantage of revealing an otherwise unknown piece of ICE. —