Reboot 1[credit]

Event: Run
Influence: ●●●●●

Run Archives. If successful, instead of breaching Archives, install up to 5 cards from your heap facedown.

Remove this event from the game.

Illustrated by Liiga Smilshkalne
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Reign and Reverie (rar)

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I don't play Apex to win, I play Apex for the weirdness. In that vein, a massively important flavour note: the Baudot code on Reboot says "I LIVE AGAIN". Rather more positive than the Baudot code messages on Apocalypse and Harbinger.

(Reign and Reverie era)
Ten times more creepy, too! —
I just wish the ffg design team got their act together in designing Apex. This wasn't nearly enough. —
Even when Apex was weak, why oh why did they make it cost 1 and remove from game?! —

I've been tinkering with an Apex deck for quite some time, to some effect, and one of the biggest challenges aside from assembling combo pieces was sustaining in the endgame. I blow through my deck really quickly to pick up everything I need, but the endgame gets really stagnant, and if your key breakers end up in the bin, it's often difficult to recover.

Until now!

Reboot looks pretty simple - it's a Retrieval Run, but instead of one program face-up, it's five face-down. This has some obvious interactions with:

Previously, Aesop Apex had no decent way of getting bin stuff back en masse, so this is a big deal for that archetype in particular.

I don't know of any way to get face-down events back to your hand on the Runner side, but there could be applications there.

It does count as a run on Archives, so there's some slight synergy with Apocalypse - with an Assimilator in hand you can bring some of your trash back, nuke the board and start setting up next turn.

You can even throw out a couple of these in a turn to get a whole bunch of burst installs... but be really careful of Death and Taxes.

Overall it's a cheap card that has wide applications within Apex.

(Reign and Reverie era)
Apex can't install non-virtual resources. So, no pawnin' with Aesop there. It might potentially enable Chop-Bot as a semi-reliable draw engine, so... —
As Reboot installs cards face-down, you could use the card to install non-virtual resources face-down and then Assimilate them up. —
I don't know what to say. What a sick, sick thing. —