The News Now Hour

The News Now Hour 0[credit]

Asset: Cast
Trash: 4
Influence: ●●●○○

The Runner cannot play current events.

"There are reports of a terrorist threat at Starport Kaguya. The NAPD is offering a reward for anyone who can provide them with information about the current whereabouts of the individual pictured here. He is considered extremely dangerous and is armed with a PAD and a portable rig."
Illustrated by Ed Mattinian
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This card is starting to look a bit more appealing, for one big reason: Employee Strike.

As of this writing, (Midway through the Mumbad cycle) there are several corp decks that depend fairly heavily on their ID ability. Industrial Genomics decks have finally come into their own, and there are at least a few Haarpsichord Studios decks at the edge of viability.

Employee strike can be devastating to these. While you can always pack your own currents, (and dedicate hand-space to them), even one turn without your ID ability is often long enough for the runner to wreck your board state. (Particularly for Haarpsichord.)

This card? Stops that. They simply can't play it without spending an imp token (or 4) first. Which also gives you some lead-time, since it telegraphs their plays a bit - if the runner spends resources to trash this, you can probably assume they have a current they want to play.

I'm not sure it's worth the deck-space just yet, (or the hefty 3-influence outside of NBN) but I'm starting to see a world where it might be worth the include. Definitely one to keep in mind, as runner currents improve.

(Salsette Island era)
And with Rumor Mill and Interdiction arriving in the latest cycle, the reasons to play this card are increasing... —

As of right now, this is beyond unplayable. There aren't runner currents strong enough to warrant a counter, nor are there corp currents that absolutely NEED to stick around. With that said, NBN is rumored to get some nasty tools in their big box to make them THE current faction, and this card might not look so bad then. It'll be hard to find deckspace for something like this, but a 1x might find its place into a deck if the card pool allows it. 0 rez, 4 trash is an amazing ratio, and the ability is very restricting for the runner.

(The Underway era)
I can only see it as a 1-of in butchershops that desire Housekeeping / Targeted Marketing returns. Its influence makes it harder to justify even a 1-of in EBC / Tech Startup decks. —
This is going to be pretty synergistic once Data and Destiny comes out. There's an ID that plays currents from Archives. —
It's clear this card is there to improve the value of Diversified Portfolio, Tony! :D —
Assuming this stays alive this guarantees New Angeles Sol will have a current up permanently as soon as they draw it. —

From the perspective of halfway through the Red Sands cycle The News Now Hour is a decent card. While Rumor Mill has been MWLed into oblivion Interdiction and Employee Strike are still very viable options.

TNNH especially has synergy with NBN: Controlling the Message. It's a good way to prevent Employee Strike shutting down the CtM tax and at the same time that same CtM trace makes going after TNNH even more expensive.

Since TNNH is not unique and costs nothing to rez it's nice in an asset spam setting if you benefit from having lots of servers, such as Diversified Portfolio. Having several TNNH's on the board also makes it even more expensive for the runner to get rid of the effect.

(Earth's Scion era)