I have constructed a table that shows the odds of drawing an

agenda based on how many cards are left in the corporation’s deck.

Here is the table. Right click and save as. (xlsx file)

My own impetus was to see if the risk of running Government Takeover was worth it. My goal is to create a low agenda density deck, but how risky is it at any given point in the game?

THIS INFORMATION CAN BE USEFUL TO OTHERS because it takes no

prejudice on who draws the card: corp or runner. If you run 10 agendas in a 49 card deck, and have not seen one after your first mandatory draw, there is a 24% (or about 1 in 4) chance that the next card is an agenda; if there is an agenda in hand chance is 21% or almost one in five. With this knoweldge we now know the odds of a runner getting an agenda from an unprotected R&D is lower than that of a 4 card HQ, but would be the same if the corp ends with 5 cards in hand.

I offer this information to the community in the hopes that

at least a cursory knowledge will give an insightful edge to games.

Key:

The ‘Deck’ column

represents the number of CARDS LEFT in your deck.

The Purple row is

how many agenda cards are left in your deck.

The red highlight

shows popular (and not so popular) deck starting sizes.

The orange line is

your decksize after drawing a starting hand. This line is also a popular starting deck size for Harmony

Medtech (as far as I know this and Weiland are the only decks with a possible

of 6 agenda cards).

The yellow line

shows the odds of drawing an agenda after the corps first mandatory draw.

I forget what the pink area is. I think it means

it’s impossible for that starting hand size to have that many agendas in it.

(The area on the

left is grayed out as it’s of little interest to my own reasons for doing this

investigation, but it is still of use for comparison, and for those running a

reasonable amount of agenda cards)

PLEASE NOTE: This table DOES NOT take into consideration the

actual number of agenda points; only the card. On this list a Government Takeover has the same value as a

Firmware update: one card.

Do with this as you will!

Some points of note for those running low agenda density:

After the initial draw of a Medtech deck with no agendas in

hand, there is a 16% chance the next card is an agenda. If you are in this position 6 times, the

next draw, on average, will be an agenda once.

As noted earlier, if there are no agendas in the starting

hand of 6 cards in a 49 card deck with 10 agendas the odds of the next card

being an agenda is 24%. It will

take a 6 agenda deck of the same size 18 draws to get to the same odds.

If there is an agenda in the starting hand of the 49/6 deck

there is a 12% chance, or 1 in 8, that the next card is an agenda. If you end the turn with five cards in

hand you now know that the runner has a 1 in 5 chance of getting one from your

hand, and only a 1 in 8 of getting it from your deck.

Probability of drawing an agenda in a low agenda deck does

not increase at the same rate as a deck with more agendas. It increases more rapidly in high

density decks. (i.e. a high density deck’s probability increases in a

significant figure after about every 2 draws, where a low density deck’s

increases after about every 3 draws)

Discuss, ask questions, or show me where my thinking has

gone wrong.