Tyson Observatory

♦ Tyson Observatory 2[credit]

Resource: Location
Influence: 2

[click], [click]: Search your stack for a piece of hardware, reveal it, and add it to your grip. Shuffle your stack.

"There are whole generations of people who never move out of a megalopolis center. You should see the look on their face the first time they see the stars." -Professor Darren Fin, Astronomy
Illustrated by Greg Semkow
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3x Tyson observatory makes the following things viable:

  • Play 1x of whichever console you want. Desperado can be played in Shaper now and be consistent without throwing away 12 inf.

  • For 8 credits and 10 clicks, get all of your Prepaid Voicepads out. This is in comparison to 6 credits and an unknown number of clicks and draw cards used to get all three out.

  • Carry 1x Plascrete without being swingy against meat damage.

There are other things, and I'm sure they are viable, but these things alone make it a game changer. 3x Tyson, 3x PPVP, 1x Deseperado, 1x Plascrete is 8 cards and 3 inf in Shaper. For that deck space and influence you get meat damage protection when you need it and a mega economy with room for whatever tricks you want. It's legit.

(Breaker Bay era)
It also enables Replicator in a lot of builds that couldn't afford to run it previously. —
Maybe add 1x Feedback Filter to that awesome hardware package list? —

In comparison to other tutors, Tyson Observatory is very slow. This is of course by design.

Most tutors cost you 1-2 and 1 more than just having that card in hand. Special Order is a to play, and then you'll need to to install the breaker. Planned Assault and Consulting Visit are doubles, but you play the event as part of that action. Hostage lets you install the connection you searched for. Levy University is a little slower because you have to to install itself, to search, and to install the ice. Self-modifying Code is so good because it does not cost you an extra . Tyson is the opposite: it costs 1 to install, 2 to search, and a 4th to install the hardware.

That's a boatload of s for 1 card, man.

However, programs are much easier to trash and much easier to recur. Hardware is very hard for the corp to trash and very hard for the runner to get back from archives. This is most likely why Tyson was designed to be so slow; hardware is a very resilient part of the runner's rig, and tutors can make something like that very powerful.

I think you're only slotting this if there's several very specific pieces of hardware you're looking for, and you're in . You could use this to get out your first Replicator, but from then on your hardware will tutor for other copies on its own, which thins out your deck and helps you find any missing rig pieces. So maybe if you're not using replicator but still have lots of hardware. It better be worth it; it's costing you an entire turn to get out the first hardware. So don't waste it on NetChips, man. I will slap you.

(23 Seconds era)
Aesop's makes sure you get *some* real value out of this! —