Pushing the Envelope

Pushing the Envelope 3[credit]

Event: Run
Influence: 2

Make a run. If you have 2 or fewer cards in your grip, each installed icebreaker has +2 strength until the end of the run.

"Hitting them when they are weakest sometimes means acting before you want to." -Alice Merchant
Illustrated by Adam S. Doyle
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  • Updated 2017-04-11

    UFAQ [Michael Boggs]

    If the Runner draws cards so they have 3 or more in grip during the run initiated by Pushing the Envelope, do installed icebreakers lose the +2 strength?

    No. The ability of Pushing the Envelope takes effect when the event is played.

    If the Runner installs another icebreaker during a run initiated by Pushing the Envelope (e.g. Paperclip from heap), does it have +2 strength?

    No. Pushing the Envelope’s effect occurs when the event is played, so only icebreakers installed at that time will get the strength boost. [UFAQ, Michael Boggs]


Lean and Mean's anarch cousin. Unfortunately suffers from all the problems of Lean and Mean (see my review of that one) and adds some extra downsides: it's 1 more expensive, 1• more influence and it has a much harder condition.

The latter is the biggest problem. Running with only 3 programs installed is doable. It's not perfect but in the right deck it's doable and it's perfectly safe. The biggest problem you'll have is running into traps but those generally don't kill you and the odd ice that can't be broken unless you have an AI (e.g. in a Excalibur / Off the Grid combination).

Running with 2 or less cards in your hand on the other hand is dangerous. There's no shortage of corp cards that can deal one damage and if you run into a couple of them you're dead. Sure, it works nicely in an Emptied Mind deck, but frankly if I see a runner run that I wonder if their mind really is empty. ;)

I can get why the extra strength is appealing, if you're running Faust. But for Faust you want to have a lot of cards in your hand and that doesn't work with Pushing the Envelope. Faust decks often do not have more than 3 programs installed however so if you can spare the influence Lean and Mean is the much easier option.

So, no, not a good card.

P.S. FFG, is there any reason why the phrasing of Pushing the Envelope and Lean and Mean is different? It just needlessly complicates comparison by making us reviewers check for gotchas.

(Free Mars era)