ICE: Sentry - Bioroid - Tracer - AP • Rez: 6 • Strength: 5 • Influence: 2

The Runner can spend to break any subroutine on Vikram 1.0.

The Runner cannot use programs for the remainder of this run.

Trace4– If successful, do 1 brain damage.

Trace4– If successful, do 1 brain damage.

Haas-Bioroid • Donald Crank • Kala Ghoda 12
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Vikram 1.0
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Reviews

A massive, scary Bioroid sentry. This gives Ichi 1.0 a run for its money in terms of bang for the buck. For one more credit, you get one more strength and the same number of subs. In terms of what the subs do, you trade in the two trash and a throwaway sub in Ichi with a pseudo end the run sub and two strong brain damage traces.

It's slightly more positional than Ichi. While you prefer Ichi in front of other ice, it can do its job alone. Vikram being at position 0 on a server make the first subroutine null and void for the most part. It WILL still stop the runner from doing things like running Deus X to stop a Snare! from hurting or trashing your stuff withh Imp. It does NOT stop Medium or Nerve Agent from working, or stop something from being a Keyhole run: only paid abilities are stopped.

However, as an outside piece of ICE, it has an advantage over Ichi 1.0 in that all of its subroutines matter. Brain damage always hurts, and being unable to use programs encountering other ICE is usually a recipe for disaster for the runner. It doesn't have the game ending "surprise" power that Ichi can have when encountered clickless, but it can also do more to effectively keep the runner out in some desperate situations. All in all, though: they both do different things, and both do them well.

Pros:

  • Big sentry
  • Three subroutines
  • Its subroutines are not to be trifled with
  • Great price point
  • Will be taxing when broken conventionally
  • Splashable influence

Cons:

  • Bioroid weakness
  • Slightly positional
  • Weak against runners with lots of link
(Kala Ghoda era)
600
It also has a minor bonus over Ichi 1.0 by not having the destroyer subtype, so Sharpshooter doesn't work against it. Think I should try it out. :) —
I believe it has been clarified in the latest FAQ that this, in fact, does stop Medium and Nerve Agent. That certainly adds to its appeal! —
To be clear: Medium will still gain virus counters from a successful R&D run even if the first sub has gone off, but it will not provide any multi-access. "Using" counts as any optional ability, which the multi-access on Medium is ("each virus counter after the first on Medium *allows you* to access 1 additional card...") —