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During the '04 convention season, Decipher gave away demo packs that were BETA versions of INC cards featuring preliminary artwork as well as slightly different game text and card titles. At release events players could build their decks with those cards and test the game that way. All the BETA card packs have the same contents.

These cards give an interesting insight on the early stages of development of certain cards before the official release of INC. They have square corners and are not gameplay-legal (as if anyone still cared...).

They surface on eBay from time to time and differ wildly regarding their price tags. However, a serious collection certainly is not complete without them!

This is the contents of a BETA pack as you would encounter the cards upon opening it (card titles of finished INC versions in parentheses):

2 BETA Quay Navigator Unit (Character)
1 BETA Natural Talent Asset (Site)
2 BETA Quay Life Ship (Qurim Life Ship) Ship (Capital)
2 BETA Balkatana Inciter (Katal Inciter) Unit (Character)
2 BETA Asktatru Claw Beast (Makal Claw Beast) Unit (Character)
1 BETA Independent Transport Ship (Capital)
1 BETA Dangerous Claw (Luhus Dalaka) Weapon (Character)
1 BETA Dalaka (Katal Dalaka) Weapon (Character)
2 BETA The Gambler Unit (Character)
1 BETA Two-Way Berson Unit (Character)
1 BETA Sultry Opportunist Unit (Character)
1 BETA Porter Bot (General Bots NAV4) Unit (Bot)
2 BETA Winged Skull Aviatrix (Hellcat Aviatrix) Unit (Character)
2 BETA The Rifleman (Jack Wilgress) Unit (Character)
2 BETA Maverick Raider (Raider) Ship (Capital)
1 BETA Up the Sleeve Interrupt (Used)
1 BETA Sprinkle's Deal Interrupt (Lost)
1 BETA Converted Type III (Hawk's Wing) Ship (Fighter)
2 BETA Maverick War Wagon (Stinger) Unit (Vehicle)
1 BETA Alnak Station/Captured Base Location (Sector)
2 BETA Ganymede/Maverick Camp (Ganymede/Frontier Camp) Location (Site)
1 BETA Alnak Station/Hallway* Location (Site)
2 BETA Ganymede/Quay Camp (Ganymede/Hunters' Camp) Location (Site)
1 BETA Ganymede/Vantage Point Location (Site)
2 BETA Ganymede/Maverick Camp (Ganymede/Frontier Camp) Location (Site)
1 BETA Themis/Mobile Asteroid Location (Sector)
1 BETA Independent Transport Ship (Capital)
2 BETA Maverick Bot Unit (Bot)

Rules Supplement (basically the rules booklet in the shape of a fold-out sheet)

2 BETA Ganymede/Earth Camp (Ganymede/Exploratory Camp) Location (Site)
1 BETA Luna/Military Outpost Location (Sector)
1 BETA Earth/Humanity's Home Location (Sector)
2 BETA Ganymede/Gongen Camp (Ganymede/Pilgrims' Camp) Location (Site)
1 BETA Ganymede/Underground Bunker Location (Site)
1 BETA Ganymede/Jupiter's Moon (Ganymede/Traginium Source) Location (Sector)
1 BETA Ganymede/Vantage Point Location (Site)
2 BETA Jossel Swin Unit (Character)
2 BETA Horatio Hicks Unit (Character)
2 BETA Infantry Officer Unit (Character)
2 BETA Infantry Support Vehicle Unit (Vehicle)
2 BETA Air Support Vehicle (GR-Blade) Unit (Vehicle)
2 BETA Survey Cruiser Ship (Capital)
1 BETA Untold Powers of Visions Asset (Kizen)
1 BETA Sidearm Weapon (Character)
1 BETA Shift in Tactics Interrupt (Lost)
1 BETA Thumper 2 (Inca 2) Ship (Fighter)
1 BETA South-American-Class Battleship (Escort Cruiser) Ship (Capital)
1 BETA Close-Support Pilot Unit(Character)
1 BETA Veteran Pilot Unit (Character)
1 BETA Gongen Bot Unit (Bot)
2 BETA Corporate Transport Ship (Capital)
2 BETA Gongen T.S.V. (Shikami T.S.V.) Unit (Vehicle)
2 BETA Resource Technician Unit (Character)
1 BETA Zocho Ship (Capital)
1 BETA Tamon Fighter Ship (Fighter)
1 BETA Shikami Disciple (Shikami Follower) Unit (Character)
1 BETA Gongen Katana Weapon (Character)
1 BETA Jet Pack Attack Interrupt (Used)

*This card was replaced with another copy of Ganymede/Hunters' Camp in the pdf-demo deck files and foreign-language demo decks; the pdf-documents are, incidentally, available in the file section on this site.
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I've always loved the little flavor changes you can see between these cards and the final versions (my favorite being Jack Wilgress being named "Franco" in the flavor text for "The Rifleman") as well as getting to see the unfinished art on the cards. Its one of the few insights we have into that stage of the game, and universe's, design process.
 
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There are several pictures of BETA cards in the image section already. Feel free to post your requests of any additional BETA cards that have not been covered so far. I will post them together with their finished counterpart as time allows.
 
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Porter Bot isn't in the PDF version of the preview decks.
 
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spaint2k wrote:
Porter Bot isn't in the PDF version of the preview decks.


The BETA Porter Bot evolved into three different cards. The game text and the statistics were used on 1U128 General Bots NAV4. The artwork and lore were used on 1R164 UV-IR739. The title was later used on 2C146.

I opted for the 1U128 since this is the closest version to the original in terms of game play.
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I had a different distribution of cards to you.
My order was as follows:

2 BETA Quay Navigator Unit (Character)
1 BETA Natural Talent Asset (Site)
2 BETA Quay Life Ship (Qurim Life Ship) Ship (Capital)
2 BETA Balkatana Inciter (Katal Inciter) Unit (Character)
2 BETA Asktatru Claw Beast (Makal Claw Beast) Unit (Character)
1 BETA Independent Transport Ship (Capital)
1 BETA Dangerous Claw (Luhus Dalaka) Weapon (Character)
1 BETA Dalaka (Katal Dalaka) Weapon (Character)
2 BETA The Gambler Unit (Character)
1 BETA Two-Way Berson Unit (Character)
1 BETA Sultry Opportunist Unit (Character)
1 BETA Porter Bot (General Bots NAV4) Unit (Bot)
2 BETA Winged Skull Aviatrix (Hellcat Aviatrix) Unit (Character)
2 BETA The Rifleman (Jack Wilgress) Unit (Character)
2 BETA Maverick Raider (Raider) Ship (Capital)
1 BETA Up the Sleeve Interrupt (Used)
1 BETA Sprinkle's Deal Interrupt (Lost)
1 BETA Converted Type III (Hawk's Wing) Ship (Fighter)
2 BETA Maverick War Wagon (Stinger) Unit (Vehicle)
1 BETA Alnak Station/Captured Base Location (Sector)
1 (not 2) BETA Ganymede/Maverick Camp (Ganymede/Frontier Camp) Location (Site)
2 BETA Maverick Bot Unit (Bot)
1 BETA Independent Transport Ship (Capital)
1 BETA Themis/Mobile Asteroid Location (Sector)
2 BETA Ganymede/Maverick Camp (Ganymede/Frontier Camp) Location (Site)
1 BETA Ganymede/Vantage Point Location (Site)
2 BETA Ganymede/Quay Camp (Ganymede/Hunters' Camp) Location (Site)
1 BETA Alnak Station/Hallway* Location (Site)

 
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I stand corrected. Must have been a typo. Cheers.
 
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