Safe as Houses
Marcus reached out with his senses and felt the slight tug that meant he’d connected. The runner was young, angry. She pushed forward like an unstoppable wave of force in every action she took. They were connected. Somehow, through the enhanced gifts he had received, he had linked her net presence with her real, true mind.
He couldn’t tell where she was or even really who she was, but he could catch glimpses of her attention, of her drive, of her focus.
Marcus used that.
The intruder was approaching one of the hive-mind clusters of a new batch of Nisei MK IIs. Marcus would not allow their birth to be compromised.
Marcus enabled his destroyers and threw them in the runner’s way. She dodged them ably, disassembling their code and slipping through the Jinteki defenses.
But she did not realize that Marcus was in her mind.
When her focus wavered, perhaps a PAD had chimed, perhaps she had paused to exult in her premature victory—whatever it was, he found the crack in her attention, and he exploited it.
Her rig dissolved as a Destroyer caught her from behind, its subroutines overloading her programs and forcing them to shut down.
He saw the code begin to reassemble itself, but that was a trick he had learned to counter.
“Bring Signal Jammers online,” Marcus said to his junior sysops.
They scurried to do his bidding, and the runner’s connection to their server node was flooded with static and junk data. It prevented her from recovering her icebreakers—and she jacked out.
Rig Shooter Returns!
Signal Jammer is another one of those cards that you don’t really build a deck around. It’s an answer to a problem, but why start from an answer when you can start by asking questions?
Anyways, that’s not what I get to do when I get these cards. I’ve got to make them work!
So, what makes sense? Well, most likely this’ll be hitting Conspiracy breakers. Those are pretty popular right now, and I hear Paperclip is pretty neat.
So what’s the game plan? Get a Kakugo or a Vanilla on your scoring remote. Put an Ichi, Archer, or Cobra in front of that ETR. Then get a combination of Batty, Caprice, and Signal Jamming into that remote. Now profit.
But let’s double down on rig shooting—let’s go for the hand, too. That means we want a bit of net damage (Kakugo, Komainu, Cobra, DNA Tracker, Shock, Neural), and we want Chronos Protocol. Of course, let’s also put in House of Knives.
The economy package isn’t all that amazing, so it may be hard to get those DNA Trackers up, but we can save those for late-game taxes.
Of course, the Ark Lockdown is in there to deal with pesky problems, and the Friends in High Places is there to bring your Batty, Caprice, and Signal Jamming back into the remote.
Kakugo is such a wonderful card in Chronos Protocol. I bet people are going to be super annoyed with this build.
Rig Jamming CP (Signal Jamming)
Chronos Protocol: Selective Mind-mapping
3x Global Food Initiative ●●●
3x House of Knives
3x Nisei MK II
1x Philotic Entanglement
3x Caprice Nisei
3x Marcus Batty
2x Signal Jamming
1x Ark Lockdown ●●
3x Celebrity Gift
2x Enforced Curfew
2x Friends in High Places ●●
3x Hedge Fund
3x Neural EMP
Code Gate (2)
2x DNA Tracker
2x Archer ●●●●
2x Ichi 1.0 ●●●●
15 influence spent (max 15, available 0)
20 agenda points (between 20 and 21)
49 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Daedalus Complex
Deck built on https://netrunnerdb.com.