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Early Bird

Early Bird

Early Bird

Type: Event: Priority - Run
Cost: 1
Faction: Runner Criminal
Faction Cost: 2
Play only as your first click.
Make a run and gain [Click].
Set: Honor and Profit Number: 032 Quantity: 3
Illustrator: Samuel R. Shimota
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Click is worth less than credit+card. Unless there's need to bypass some HB ice with clicks, but it seems too situational.

Jul 19 2014 06:10 PM

This card is almost exclusively used by the Tenma identity for the credit, hence the art / flavor referring to him.

Expanding your turn is worth more than thinking of this as a credit + a card, especially if you have any deck synergy . . . at all: John Masanori? Doppelganger? Security Testing? Datasucker? Hemorrhage? Nerve Agent? Medium?


How many more card interactions would you need before recognizing that credit/click calculations are superficial?


Deep Thought? Chakana? Desperado? Silhouette? Lemuria? Emergency Shutdown? Gabe? Hades Shard? Eden Shard? Record Reconstructor? Quest Completed? Notoriety? Pheremones? Pawn? Leverage? Lamprey? Grifter? Savior Faire? Autoscripter?


So, that's 26 cards that cause you to gain something from your free run. Maybe, you know, try to get two of those going and really make it count, and those are just the dead obvious ones. I have a deck in which Legwork benefits from Early Bird. Legwork, and I'm not telling you how, but that free run can help you find ways around Project Vitruvius and its shenanigans, or any of a number of other situations. A card that does that much, that benefits you in many corporate and runner board-states, is a good card. It's all about how you use it.


Playing it on your first turn gets you very little.


But you don't play this card just because you can; you play it because you need a lot of running and an extra click on a given turn. That's worth a lot more than thinking about this card as a draw and a credit.


. . . and I even left Ken Tenma out.

    • dr00 likes this
Jul 17 2015 08:25 AM
And with Comet this could in play this goes: Early Bird, free event from Comet, 4 clicks. So (sort of) 6 clicks.

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