Psych Mike

♦ Psych Mike 1[credit]

Resource: Connection
Influence: 4

The first time each turn a successful run on R&D ends, you may gain 1[credit] for each time you accessed a card in R&D during that run.

"Breathe, girl. Breathe." Mike flickered into focus as she brushed Akiko's tears away. "What did you see?"
"I..." Akiko hesitated. "Everything."
Illustrated by Zefanya Langkan Maega
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Reign and Reverie (rar)

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  • Updated 2022-06-21

    ANCUR UFAQ 24 [Michael Boggs]

    If the Runner accesses the same card twice (e.g. running R&D and a Shiro fires), do they gain 1 or 2?

    The Runner gains 2. Psych Mike counts the number of times the Runner accesses a card from R&D, not specific cards accessed from R&D.

    Does the Runner gain credits from Psych Mike for accessing upgrades installed in the root of R&D?

    No. Upgrades are accessed from the root of a central server, not from the central server itself.

    Audited by NISEI Rules (2022.06).


Ever met a psychotherapist that would pay you for being their patient?

Yeah. Me neither.

The point is, Mike here is probably not a "psych" at all. Might be a good listener, yes, and have the warm-and-caring act up to eleven (brushing tears away and the like are mostly cheap theatrics), but then, kept well in-theme for the lost Nisei sister she's paired with, she's only in it for the ugly, dirty corporate secrets you managed to stumble upon with your improbable telepathics.

She doesn't want to help. Or rather, she does, but only to the point of profitabilty. Not a deliciously naive psychic clone looking for guidance? Well boo-hoo, that's four influence pips per visit, sucker.

Thanks for tuning in, ladies and gentlemen. Analyzing the lore behind these little pieces of art for you was a fun thing to do. H0tl1ne, out.

(System Core 2019 era)

I was very unimpressed by this card upon first reading it, until I realized it combos with Maker's Eye and Deep Data Mining. This means that not only will you see the top 3 or (hopefully) 5 cards of R&D and snatch some agendas (hopefully), you will make 3 or (hopefully) 5 credits in the process. This means Mike easily pays for herself after one multi-access run on R&D. Doesn't work with Equivocation though, as you reveal the corp card and either make the corp draw it or let it stay on top.

It is kinda sad that Mike is unique, but she would probably be a bit OP if she wasn't. Still, if your deck is centered around hammering R&D hard and often, this card is a solid include which will make you a fair amount of money for almost no entree fee. Run multiples, as you want to see her early. Hopefully.

(Reign and Reverie era)