I have to agree with Peekay on Caduceus. It’s just never managed to pull its weight for me, really. I’m hesitant about Guard, but a Turn Zero scoring server with Guard might be fairly decent at rushing out an Agenda.
NAPD is filling an interesting role here, one that I’d filled with econ Agendas. I’m curious that they’re not seeing more use – it seems like a second-turn-score of Gila Hands or Profiteering is capable of doing quite a bit to get your economy rolling. Gila Hands is better overall, in my experience, because installing one thing and gaining 3 isn’t the worst way to spend a turn, while the BP makes future tax-by-size runs not a thing particularly… but neither seem particularly useful to folks. Then again, y’all run a fair few more Ops than I was running, which might make up the difference.
@willlt I think Melange is tricky, and certainly prone to sniping, but also provides you with a lot of options. A turn or two of running it (a scored EC makes that more than possible) gives you the credits to do a lot of that normally, which I’ve found tends to make runners hesitant, and allow for many more options. It also serves as a means to force a runner into a given server to deal with it (that you might have some Ichis in, for preference) to reset their board, allowing you more scoring opportunities. They can’t not hit it, generally, and if they do make it, it’s nice to not be sacrificing a real Agenda to do it (though admittedly, NAPD is nice for that as well).