Jinteki has a bunch of themes and mechanics that I expect to be expanded upon:
- dealing net damage (d'uh!)
- positional ice (Chum, Sensei) and ways to reposition ice
- reposition the runner during a run (Cell Portal, Bullfrog)
- lowering of rez costs (Braintrust, Akitaro Watanabe)
- the Psi mechanic (Snowflake, Bullfrog)
It's hard to predict what kinds of effects we'll see out of Jinteki, as they tend to be quite outside the box; the devs could go a lot of different ways with expanding on those themes. Creation and Control really focused on the bioroid theme, which is understandable as that is HB's big thing, but outside of a few decent pieces of ice it's ended up being too gimmicky for the most part. The box didn't do much to give HB new toys outside of that. The support for non-bioroid themes was okay for some (click advantage) and rather underwhelming for others (brain damage). I'm hoping the next deluxe will be more consistent in its support of the corp, whichever corp it ends up being.
Typical Criminal themes and mechanics are:
- bypassing ice (Inside Job, Femme Fatale), indirect bypasses (Sneakdoor Beta, Copycat)
- (de-)rez manipulation (Forged Activation Orders, Emergency Shutdown, Blackguard, Crescentus)
- exposing ice (Satellite Uplink, Snitch, Lemuria Codecracker)
- HQ hate (Gabe, HQ Interface, Account Siphon, Pheromones)
- run-based economy (Gabe, Account Siphon, Bank Job)
- interesting sentry breakers starting with the letter "f" (Femme Fatale, Faerie)
- crappy breakers for everything else
Most of the Criminal tricks are already quite potent, so I'm not sure FFG will give them extensive support in the box. I'm definitely expecting more HQ manipulation, as that could be done in myriad of ways, and more interesting sentry breakers. Shapers basically got an entirely new theme out of Creation and Control (heap recursion -- which I thought was an Anarch thing), so I'm wondering if we'll see a similar lateral extension of the Criminal toolbox, though they don't need it as much as Shapers did, who had been a one-trick (or no-trick, if you're a cynic) pony.
Edited by Saturnine, 06 December 2013 - 03:35 PM.