||Program - 1 MU
||[T]: Put a Spy counter in a data fort. A Spy counter exposes all cards installed inside or on a fort containing it. The Corp may remove a Spy counter by taking an action to pay . Use this ability only immediately after a successful run on that fort.
Lay open Corp's Plans
All cards installed in or on a fort are exposed. The Corp has no secrets in this datafort. Therefore this program is used best on a central
data fort. Preferably R&D or HQ. These forts need protection until the end of the game. Therefore it hurts here most. On a early run in the
first turn this is done easily.
The Corp can buy its secrecy back using an action and four bits. Having to do this repeatedly puts a drain on the Corp's resources. The
element of the unknown, springing traps on the runner is one of the best weapons of the Corp. These traps can be amushes, nasty ice or the
drain put on the runner by running a fort which got an upgrade installed instead of an agenda. The Corp can not that easily plant decoys
with I Spy counters put all over his forts.
Not as usefull on Subsidary Forts
This course of action is not that useful on a subsidary data fort. As these can be abandoned or used for 'lesser' activities like
Rockerboy Promotion, BBS Whispering Campaign or other nodes
the runner would not trash out of hand, just for existing. Or they can be used for regions or nodes like Siren,
which must be rezzed upon installation.
Best against Ice
As seen above I Spy works best against central data forts. Because there are many nodes and upgrades which must be rezzed upon installation
and many nodes or not trashed outright, I Spy disturbs the Corp most, who relies on its ice. What good is a
Mastiff lying exposed, when the Runner can adjust by digging for a Dogcatcher? It
can spring no surprise on the runner.
I Spy exposes multiple cards with one application. All unrezzed ice on the run fort and all cards installed there in the future. This is
different to Cards like Smarteye, SeeYa, and
Ronin Around, which only expose single cards and put a drain on the runners resources (bitwise).
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