Guest post #3 from Justin (@jujobell).
The bread line
One step forward. Stop. Another step. Stop.
“Remember, you are here on your own free will.”
It was the loudspeaker again, reminding them all they had a choice, options. False options, in reality. The option to stand in line or the option to starve to death.
“No one is forcing you to be here. You want to help this valuable initiative.”
It was food they wanted. Not really food, but nutrition supplements, what passed for food in lower levels of the habitat domes. Here, food meant life, and getting food meant doing what the corporate overlords wanted. And that was votes.
“Step forward and make your mark. You will be properly compensated for your contribution to Martian democracy.”
Votes in exchange for nutrition. They controlled the food, so they controlled the votes. Vote for their candidate, you get a nutrition card. Vote for another candidate, no nutrition card. This wasn’t how they sold the Martian experience.
But Noise had a different idea—he was going to tip the scales, level the playing field a bit. As he stepped up to the voting machine, he reached behind to find the data port. Reaching into his pocket, Noise found the familiar form of his portable data device.
No such thing as a free lunch, hey? No such thing as a free ride.
My favourite Weyland things
For the astute among you, you may recognize the name from The Sound of Music. This is a Gagarin deck with some of my favourite things: Dedicated Response Team, Space Camp, The Root, Expo Grid, Mausolus, Bulwark, Tour Guide.
And, of course, Free Lunch. The beauty of Gagarin is that it costs the runner 1 credit to even access an agenda in a server. If you can tax them out before they reach the bottom, well then too bad. Free Lunch allows me to ping them for even more taxation, if and when I choose.
It’s also great at 3 cost, 4 strength code gate. This spot used to be filled by RSVP, another great taxation ICE runners are free to walk through, yet has a huge impact in this game. My gameplan is to put these up over centrals, where runners often focus when playing against Gagarin.
Free Lunch then has the benefit of either taxing out runners who break it each run, or building up tokens to ping them credits when they run a scoring remote, or even when they go to trash assets. Then, Red Herrings in a scoring server to close out the game.
Raindrops on Roses Gagarin (Free Lunch)
Gagarin Deep Space: Expanding the Horizon
2x Corporate Sales Team
3x High-Risk Investment
3x Hostile Takeover
3x Oaktown Renovation
1x Clyde Van Rite
1x Dedicated Response Team
2x Jackson Howard ●●
2x Museum of History ○○○○
3x PAD Campaign
2x Space Camp
1x The Root
2x Expo Grid
2x Red Herrings ●●●●
2x Dedication Ceremony
3x Hedge Fund
2x Paywall Implementation
2x Fire Wall
2x Ice Wall
Code Gate (7)
3x Free Lunch ●●●●● ●●●●
2x Tour Guide
15 influence spent (max 15, available 0)
22 agenda points (between 22 and 23)
54 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Station One