I hear that. In the Smoke thread, we had like 10 posts going over how I could use my last 2 influence. The shit feels like a luxury again. These days, there’s so much that you can just get in faction, that going outside for things feels like a child in a candy store, picking up goodies.
This actually brings me to the money thing as well. I’ve been importing Liberated Accounts into Criminal a little, and I haven’t hated it. It’s not the world’s best econ card, but since I’m almost always playing Career Fair anyhow, it seems fine. I dislike making my entire econ package run reliant, and being forced to use things like Bank Job and Sec Testing, then being boned once they ICE all their servers sufficiently. TemCon had a similar “problem,” but you still got accesses, and the amount of money it paid out was sufficiently redonkulous to still be great. Lib gives me the ability to get some cash in a way that doesn’t rely on me passing ICE.
In both Shaper and Crim, I’ve been messing around with Tapwrm and Sac Cons. In my Smoke deck, I run this in conjunction with Peace In Our Time, which just makes Tapwrm better (and also boosts Beth). It provides some great clickless cash, and if the corp wants to spend multiple turns to purge it off the board, that’s probably not the worst thing in the world.
Tricks to get past ICE have gotten a little better now as well, I think, as well as things that can destroy ICE. Since econ is lower, killing problem ICE with Cutlery, rather than pay through it, is a form of econ, in a way. In my Los deck, I run En Passant in order to kill the ICE I’ve shut down (or that they’ve let me pass because they’ve given up on giving me money for rezzing it over and over). Inside Job is still super good, as is Femme. Heck, one of the reasons I built my Smoke deck was because you really only need money for the setup; you spend very few credits while actually breaker servers due to stealth credits and Lady counters. That’s a similar reason why Geist is good right now as well. His trashable breakers break for free, install for a pittance, and (with tech traders) literally pay you to use them. Once he has tech traders out, his entire deck just trashes for a profit of cards and cash.