Great article! Always love @simonmoon’s content.
I agree that Political Assets as a design space are really interesting. There are some really strong ways of protecting them, however, so their power level needed to be a little bit lower, unfortunately. They’re weird because you can’t design them to be put in the average deck. For example, Bio-Ethics in PE is far from overpowered - in fact, it is probably not strong enough an include. But in IG with a Hostile, it is crushing. The same goes for Bankers. Clone Suffrage is a bit dependent on what you’re bringing back, and it is basically a lesson in why recursion is strong and probably not good design space to exploit like this. Sensie was busted AF tho - cards are always better than credits, even for the corp, and any kind of card filtering is immensely powerful.
I want a blue Parasite that derezzes instead of trashes. I think it could pair with Datasucker to bring back a run-based crim deck.
What are people’s thoughts on Hippo?
It’s like Parasite but doesn’t cost MU or require support. However, you have much less say on which ice gets trashed, and the corp can protect their ice by installing more. Also, it RFG’s itself so it can’t be recurred.
I like it, as my beef with Parasite was that it was an “AI” solution to ice (unlike ice type-dependent cutlery) that was too easy to use and abuse with datasucker. This retains the AI effect but has another restriction, and it can’t be spammed.