Public Terminal

Public Terminal 1[credit]

Influence: 2

1[recurring credit]

Use this credit to play run events.

Express loved libraries. The consoles were weak, but the security even weaker. He wirelessly loaded up his personal blend of code and started cloning the drive. In just a few minutes, another zombie would claw its way to the surface of cyberspace.
Illustrated by Emilio Rodríguez
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Honor and Profit (hap)

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The only real value to this card (other than some great flavor text) is in two very specific circumstances:

  1. You're playing someone like Ken "Express" Tenma: Disappeared Clone, and have no events that aren't run events except Sure Gamble or
  2. You have 3 Prepaid VoicePAD in your deck, and just don't feel like you're getting enough free credits.

Compared to Prepaid VoicePAD, which is the most direct comparison, you save 1 credit in install, but lose the ability to play any events that aren't runs. If your econ package is made up of Sure Gamble, Dirty Laundry, Desperado and Security Testing, which is entirely possible in criminal, you may benefit from the 1 credit discount on install (although even that is countered by the potential extra credit you're spending on Sure Gamble). But in 99% of the cases, Prepaid VoicePAD is a mechanically better choice.

(Order and Chaos era)
There may eventually be a critical mass of run events when Public Terminal will be a better choice. Even more obscure run events like Running Interference (great against Blue Sun) and Singularity (great with Eater) are finding their uses! —
I think PT can be quite good in a Ken deck sporting one of each cutlery event plus 3xPlanned Assault and 3xSOS. —
But yeah I feel like PT should have cost 0c —
Also PPvP may cycle out, since they may be having second thoughts about it (pun intended bwoys :D) —
I think this may start seeing play in Ken decks come February —
There might be a use case here for non-Ken criminals who really want to have PPVPs but they want 3 influence back more. —

With Prepaid VoicePAD gone, this card still isn't great. It's only really viable in run-event heavy decks (i.e. Ken decks).

However, now that Account Siphon costs 1, I have found myself occasionally filling the last one of two slots in a deck with this card (after including Bankroll and often Paragon of course)

(Reign and Reverie era)