I recently started playing, with the NISEI Core Set Experience format. I thought I liked Anarchs. After playing with this card once. Criminals became my favorite faction.

In the short term, there's the surprise factor the turn you install this. In the long term, this card takes the tax that the Corp would place on getting into HQ, and lowers it by roughly 50% (!), as they now have to spread thin to defend both servers.

Once you get into the larger cardpool, you can do the same thing by playing Omar. Better yet, Rebirth into Omar out of Val for the surprise factor at 0 cost 0 MU and 1 influence. —

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.


Hot take: This card's existence making the game 70/30 runner-favored for five straight months following Magnum Opus is equally if not more responsible for the death of the playerbase than was FFG's decision to cease to print the game.

It's restricted now. Hopefully that means it stays in Blue going forward. —
There have been much worse cards than this (pretty much any of the removed cards in the MWL) and they didn't manage to kill the game. Arguably, given the activity here and on jinteki.net, neither has FFG. —

Real good against 419: Amoral Scammer and GPI Net Tap. Just like Psychic Field. Uh. It's also highly inconsistent. Just like Psychic Field. This card is probably never worth rezzing. It's on expose effect is the only worthwhile thing about it.

Great card! Especially useful against Miraju and Kakugo out of Jinteki. Allows you to smash a Corp's piece of ICE for one click and two credits, plus whatever it costs to break. 5 Influence means that you'll never see this card outside of Anarch, and that's probably good. As of writing, this sees a lot of use, especially with Khumalo, Laamb, and Yusuf.

It's important to note the downsides of this card as well - only works on the outermost ice and can't be recurred (a la Parasite). —