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Subject: Special Order vs. Self-Modifying Code rss

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David Homchuck
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If a runner had the influence points to work with why not use Special Order to search there stack for and icebreaker instead of using up the memory room for Self-Modigying Code? I get you can install it right off with SMC but you have to have the memory room to get SLC in there first.

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Empty World
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You can use SMC during the run.
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Martin Presley
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SMC is more flexible, but more expensive. Some decks want that flexibility, others can't afford the cost and MU footprint.
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What's been said already, not to mention it saves a click over special order at the added cost of 2 credits. In Shaper, I'll take that any day.

AND you're not limited to just icebreakers. I've seen good use of Kate players recurring parasites & imps to great effect with SMC.
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Peter O
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It's also a program and hence can be recurred through the variety of program recursion available.
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Anthony Goodwin
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Clearly the real answer is that it works with Freelance Coding Contracts while special order does not.







Just kidding. What everyone else said is right too.
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Alex Rockwell
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Bodasafa wrote:


Thoughts?


Self Modifying Code is way better. Its instant speed and doesnt cost a click to install the breaker.
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Thomas Berton
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Self-Modifying Code is definitely the better card, but at 3 influence, it's tough to splash, so it's not really an apt comparison.
 
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Evan
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tberton wrote:
Self-Modifying Code is definitely the better card, but at 3 influence, it's tough to splash, so it's not really an apt comparison.


Yeah, we're at a place right now where each of the runner factions is pretty good at the kind of tutoring that's most relevant to their playstyle (with the one exception that SMC being so damn fast almost makes Special Order feel like more of a traditionally-Shapery "build your rig first" card by comparison, but I guess part of the problem there is that we're not as interested in ice-expose effects as the designers seem to want us to be). The one thing I'm currently wondering is whether Anarchs are going to get some kind of Caissa tutor this cycle.
 
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Gregory Pettigrew
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2097 wrote:
hoobajoo wrote:
SMC is more flexible, but more expensive. Some decks want that flexibility, others can't afford the cost and MU footprint.

The only price difference is the MU and influ.


And the credit cost. And the click cost.
 
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