Once upon a click, there were three card brothers.
The eldest was named Access to Globalsec, and he was the best. "I'm a neutral card", he bragged, "which means everyone gets to use me. Whenever there's a trace, I make it easier to break through it. I laugh at SEA Source and Viper. And, perhaps most importantly, I let runners use Underworld Contacts and cloud breakers like Crowbar and Spike. So much value for only 1, what could be better?"
The middle brother was named Compromised Employee, and he knew he wasn't as good. "I also make it easier to pay through traces", he explained, "even though I can't do it more than once a turn. But, I am a connection, and I have my friends Off-Campus Apartment and Calling in Favors who like that about me. And I'm good for things outside of traces: if the corp rezzes lots of ICE, I can pay you back anyway. For 2 and 1 influence, I'm not so terrible."
And then there was the youngest, Power Tap. Poor Power Tap was laughed at by his brothers. He wasn't all bad; after all, he was the only one who let runners keep the credit if they decided not to beat the trace. But he couldn't work with Underworld Contact, and he didn't give money for anything other than hitting traces. "What if the corp doesn't want to trace you?" his brothers mocked him. "Then what are you good for?"
Power Tap knew it was true. He was situational at best. He had no friends, no other cards that could make him work.
But he had hope. A hope that one day--maybe not the next cycle, but surely the next, or maybe even a deluxe expansion--there would be a card. A runner card, with a ability that would simply say something like ": Trace 3-- if the trace is un successful, the runner draws a card". He normally imagined it would be an Anarch card; voluntarily starting a trace seemed a very orange thing to do. But perhaps, if the theme were right, it would be right at home with him, a fellow criminal in blue.
And he dreamed of this card. He dreamed how sweet it would be, to stand alongside it and his brothers, facing trace after trace, showering the runner with money, cards, and agenda points. Then his brothers would see; he was the greatest of them all.
To this day, Power Tap sadly sits in the binder, watching Access and Employee see play in deck after deck, waiting for FFG to give him the chance to shine.