Customized Secretary

Clippy’s little sister

“Please restate query.” The voice was quiet, calm, and slightly accented in something middle-European.

“Programs. Give me programs” Kate said, frustration leaking through her usually calm demeanour.

“Programs are available.” The voice replied.

Kate muttered to herself and shut off the secretary. Aesop had begged her to try the thing out, but it kept spitting back random data instead of the code she was looking for.

“Why can’t the code just write itself? What do I need a secretary AI for?” Kate mused, spinning in her chair and letting her eyes pass over the multitude of screens in her studio.

After a few minutes of fuming, Kate turned the program back on one more time.

“Please state query,” it said, madenningly calm.

“Programs,” Kate said, straining for patience.

This time, the secretary loaded four programs into the quick-cache buffer—some breakers, some utility, and a few cash worms. Pre-loaded into her rig’s buffer, she could load the bits of code quickly. Not instantly, but quickly enough that she could focus on other things until she needed those bits.

“Okay, I admit, that’s a little neat,” Kate said. “Maybe I won’t sell you back to Aesops.”

“Please restate query.”

“Don’t push it, smarty pants.”

I swear it can be good—Sex panther good

Maybe the Customized Secretary makes more sense in the Professor when you’re running like 30 programs. This deck only runs 20, so we’re less likely to get the value.

Still, since it’s in Kate, Customized Secretary only costs a credit, and you effectively get another hand or two of cards to use Kate’s ability every turn. Also, once we’ve cleared out the Secretary’s buffer, she’s another target for Aesop, just like Cache and Harbinger.

I like this deck because I love Escher. With Blackstone and Houdini, stacking barriers and code gates against us is no fun, and I can spread the sentries out so that they’re not draining my dagger’s stealth credits.

In regular fashion, we lock a remote then we start our R&D lock. Legwork can close out games if they think HQ isn’t a target.

Really, it’s a super straightforward deck that just uses Customized Secretary as another economy option and a weak bit of NVRAM.

Honestly, I really wish that Customized Secretary had a Street Peddlar-like ability that would let you trash it to install one program from it, no cost reduction. I don’t think it’d step on Peddlar’s toes since this takes up memory and isn’t a connection, but giving an instant-speed access to pieces on it would be really, really nice.


Assistance Required Kate (Customized Secretary)

Kate “Mac” McCaffrey: Digital Tinker


Event (9)

3x Diesel

1x Escher

2x Legwork  ●●●●

3x Sure Gamble


Hardware (7)

3x Clone Chip ★★★

2x Mirror

2x R&D Interface


Resource (10)

3x Aesop’s Pawnshop

2x Beth Kilrain-Chang

2x Net Mercur

3x Technical Writer


Icebreaker (6)

2x Blackstone

2x Dagger

2x Houdini


Program (14)

3x Cache  ●●●

3x Cloak

3x Customized Secretary

2x Equivocation

3x Harbinger  ●●●


10 influence spent (max 15-3=12, available 2)

46 cards (min 45)

Cards up to Station One


Deck built on


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