I know there is already the "IT Dept is bad for the game" thread, but its already 300 posts long, and the specific question of how the card works is buried in the thread. So I'm going to create this new thread, for the sole purpose of defining how exactly this card works. I've run into several people now on OCTGN who I've had misunderstandings with, and want to clear it up.
To the best of my understanding, given the recent "clarifications" by Lukas, this is how IT Department works.
You spend a counter from IT Dept on an ICE. That ice gets +1 STR off the bat. It then creates an ongoing effect for that ICE for the rest of the turn giving it +X STR, where X is equal to the number of power counters on IT Dept.
**Example: You have a rototurret (STR 0). You have 3 power counters on IT Dept. You spend one. Rototurret gets +1 and +X STR, where X is now equal to 2 counters (because you spent one), for a total of +3 STR.
If you spend another power counter from IT Dept, it would get +1 and +1 (for 2 counters spent) and +X and +X, where X is now 1 (because there is only one counter left on IT Dept), leaving it at a total of +4 STR.**
So the general rule of thumb is that each power counter from IT Dept adds a (X+1) counter to the ICE, where X is the number of power counters left on IT Dept.
And here is Lukas quote that IT Dept is an ongoing ability:
So, is my understanding correct? I'll amend this post if anyone finds error in my understanding.