Identity: Natural • Link: 0 • Deck: 45 • Influence: 15

Before drawing your starting hand, look at the top 6 cards of your stack. Set 4 of them facedown, as NVRAM. Shuffle the rest into your stack.

: Add 1 card from NVRAM to your grip.

Shaper • Adam Schumpert • Terminal Directive 12
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Ayla "Bios" Rahim: Simulant Specialist
Rulings
  • UFAQ [Michael Boggs]

    When exactly does the Runner set up NVRAM for Ayla “Bios” Rahim, and how does the ability interact with taking a mulligan?

    The Runner should set up NVRAM after revealing IDs and shuffling their deck, before drawing any cards. After setting aside NVRAM and shuffling again, the Runner draws a starting hand. If the Runner chooses to take a mulligan, NVRAM is not affected in any way as those cards are no longer in the deck.

    Can the Runner trash cards in NVRAM to use Endless Hunger?

    No. Cards in NVRAM are not installed.

Reviews

I'm certain I'm not alone in thinking that Ayla is in many senses Andromeda: Dispossessed Ristie out of Shaper.

Mathematically there are similarities. Let's take the simple example of trying to find at least 1 of 3 copies of a card in a 45 card deck on round 1.

Andromeda: Draw 9/45. This gives you a 50.3% chance of having at least one of your desired card, hence a 100% - 50.3% = 49.7% chance of not having it. So, including your mulligan you have a 49.7% x 49.7% = 24.7 % chance on not drawing at least one of your desired card which is a 75.3% chance of at least one copy.

Ayla: Draw 6/45. 64.4% of not having your card. Form NVRAM. Draw 5/41. 67% chance of not having your card. So, with mulligan you have have a 64.4% x 67% x 67% = 28.9% chance of not having or 71.1% chance of having at least one copy.

Of course, Andy also has a 4 tempo advantage here since her cards don't need to be drawn. On the other side of the coin, Ayla doesn't suffer the risk of having to potentially discard cards or pay for later game pieces early. And Shapers have options to go fast later. Ayla nicely embodies the thematic differences between Shaper and Criminal: Slowly build the perfect tools vs. early aggression.

There are some obvious cards you love to see round 1: Mopus, ProCo, or perhaps the new Laguna Velasco District, (LaguV?).

Beyond single cards combinations are also obviously accelerated. Early Personal Workshops, Aesop's Pawnshop, or Fan Site are important for some deck archetypes. I'll stop here but the pattern is clear. Any combo focused deck that was played out of Chaos Theory: Wünderkind for the 40 card deck size is strictly superior out of "Bios".

NVRAM is an interesting new mechanic as well. Although slower, it's worth noting that at time of printing nothing interacts with NVRAM except Ayla. Those cards therefore are completely safe from damage or being removed from the game. But, make sure you retrieve any cards you want before being tempted to play Rebirth. And of course Cerebral Static blocks access to these cards. That's one motivation to play currents.

NVRAM as a holding tank has some interesting properties. It holds any type of card. So you can save Events (which only Logos can currently tutor and only on a score by the corp) for later retrieval at just the right time. Don't save all your currents there of course if you fear Cerebral Static. But high impact events like "Freedom Through Equality" or Levy AR Lab Access come to mind.

Hardware and/or program pairings that need to be played in order are natural fits for NVRAM which reduces the need for scavenging, uninstalling, or just trashing and replacing later: Live the Dinosaurus/Sage/Adept/Savant/Yog.0 delusion. I mean dream. NetChips are more likely to land in there if you play a few and so on.

NVRAM can also hold your late game rig cards or tech cards that aren't relevant now, or in the current match up at all.

I think this is a great addition to the card pool. Offers some interesting and well balanced options that perfectly embody the Shaper ethos. The art is also spot on. The hopeful wonder in her face really epitomizes the Shaper brand of transhumanism for me.

(Terminal Directive era)
Also, if your luck is kinda poor, you can use NVRAM as a trashcan to thin out your deck, if the 6 cards you draw have some silver bullets that are irrelevant in a current match-up. —
Yes exactly. Those are the kind of tech cards that may not always be relvant I was thinking of, —