Here’s what I came up with:
Total Cards: (45)
1x Gabriel Santiago: Consummate Professional (Core)
3x Dirty Laundry (Creation and Control)
3x Inside Job (Core)
2x Hostage (Opening Moves)
3x Sure Gamble (Core)
2x Account Siphon (Core)
3x Forged Activation Orders (Core)
2x Special Order (Core)
3x Recon (Second Thoughts)
1x Desperado (Core)
3x Prepaid VoicePAD (Second Thoughts)
3x Muresh Bodysuit (Cyber Exodus)
2x Corroder (Core) ■■ ■■
2x Ninja (Core)
2x Cyber-Cypher (Creation and Control) ■■■ ■■■
2x Femme Fatale (Core)
2x Sneakdoor Beta (Core)
1x Professional Contacts (Creation and Control) ■■
1x Aesop’s Pawnshop (Core) ■■
3x Daily Casts (Creation and Control)
2x Bank Job (Core)
I think it’s easy to look at the huge amount of Shaper cards and think that that’s the best route. I found when teaching friends t play runner it’s best to KISS and Criminal is as simple as it gets. The high economy makes you feel capable and Gabe encourages running (which most newbies are to scared to do).
A lost of people don’t like Cyber Cypher but with Forged Activation, and Recon you can choose your server wisely or you can just run one on each of R&D and HQ (assuming you get both, or just focus on where you think they’ve got those Agendas!)
With Recon and Forged Activation you can try to get the Programs you need before you even run servers, or you can force them to Rez ICE in places they don’t want to rez, and drain their econ.
The Prepaid VoicePADs give you better returns on your Sure Gambles and make any other Event easier to swallow playing.
Recently I’ve been liking Hostage to fish out Aesop’s and Professional Contacts so I threw that in. If you get Aesop’s and Hostage, then go get Professional Contacts. You can do the opposite if you get Contacts first. If you get Hostage first, pick which is better! I think Professional Contacts is better than Magnum Opus because it doesn’t force the player to pick between money and card options (tough when you’re new-ish) and it doesn’t waste 2 MU that you might need for your rig.
Don’t forget that you choose the order of operations so you can sell the last 2 credits off Daily Casts to Aesop’s to squeeze out an extra credit and make the net gain 6 credits instead of 5.
Muresh is in there as a substitute for Plascrete Carapace since you don’t have access to those, and in a pinch it’s a 2 credit gain via Aesop’s.
I’d love feedback, building decks out of a limited pool is fun and exciting!
I’ve only been playing a few month so I’d love some other insights. I’m so-so at the game so anything else you guys wanna share would be great.