Whilst this is not a powerful card (as explained by the other reviews) it does have an interesting synergy with Daily Business Show in which the revealed card may be bottomed immediately after the reveal. The corp could theoretically run 1xDBS & 3xPHP to gain 6 a turn, reveal only one card (three times!), then add that card to the bottom of the deck. Pretty neat, except for the fact that this requires the runner to leave 4 assets sitting around in remote servers...

This is a strange card. It's almost always played last-click, unless you quickly need extra cards to steal a Obokata or City Works Project. Getting 4 cards on last-click is likely to cause discards, in a faction which traditionally has not benefited much from overdraw as Anarchs. But Anarchs have better alternatives in-house (I've Had Worse and maybe Moshing). Anybody else thinking about importing this card could import Diesel or I've Had Worse just as easily.

Console interactions: 80% of players currently using a Shaper console are using Aniccam, which works badly with VRcation. Aniccam makes it even harder to play VRcation without discarding valuable cards, and also gives you enough card draw that VRcation usually won't be necessary. (3 Diesels plus 1 card each turn from Aniccam will go far, and whatever else you need, you have better alternatives than VRcation. Deuces Wild, Earthrise Hotel and Beth Kilrain-Chang are not bad).

I think the right person for VRcation is a Shaper with a desperate need for draw speed. If you're looking for gradual card draw, Aniccam/Diesel/Earthrise/Beth are more flexible and efficient. If you see yourself clicking 10+ times for cards, Verbal Plasticity or Professional Contacts might be reasonable. The right person for VRcation may be desperately drawing into key combo pieces and can't wait for 10 clicks. In that case, I'd feel okay including VRcation, likely in addition to Aniccam.

Bwob's review did a great job covering this card in Standard. In Eternal, Urtica usually produces more damage at less cost than Junebug. Junebug needs 3 counters to overtake Urtica, and it has a $1 trigger cost which is a serious liability with all of the Account Siphons and Diversions of Funds flying around the eternal format. Both work well with Mushin, but Junebug is more dependent on Mushin to be effective.

Urtica also opens up some plays where you install it without counters. If you're in a low-econ situation where you're installing a bunch of cards naked, Urtica ($0 for 2 net damage) is probably more cost-effective than Snare ($4 for 3 net damage and a usually-trivial tag) or Breached Dome ($0 for 1 meat damage and a card trashed from stack). This line of play is generally more tempo-positive in Eternal, the card support is better (Turtlebacks for extra money, Breached Dome to help keep it cheap, Chronos Project as a huge threat you'd love to have lurking on the board, Jackson Howard for faster card draw). Many runners in eternal have cards which incentivize multirun turns, like Desperado and Crowdfunding, so if you install 3 naked cards they may actually have a strong incentive to check all 3, and Urtica (and Breached Dome) is always less of a drain on your budget than Snare or Junebug.

The cost-benefit numbers on this card are excellent compared to older assets. First, Nico only takes $2 to get started and it's credit-positive when rezzed. Nico nets 7 credits and 1 card drawn over 3 turns rezzed. That's solid medium-term value for a click. A PAD Campaign needs 9 turns rezzed to net that many credits and 3 turns rezzed to even turn a profit. Regolith Mining License nets $13 over 6 clicks.

If you're in a setup where you can guard multiple assets simultaneously, Nico is a strong contender. If you are in a setup where you can only guard one asset/agenda at a time, parking Nico in your scoring server for 3 turns may delay your scoring windows. Regolith Mining License will often be easier to use for these decks because it spends fewer turns blocking a scoring server and is more flexible. (If the corp is tight on time and needs to trash a Regolith which still has $3 left, even a partial Regolith produces a good economic return. A Nico trashed with $3 remaining is a slower, riskier Hedge Fund, not very appealing).

Just want to put out that Quetzal: Free Spirit is non-binary and that Anzekay, NISEI's narrative director, uses they/them to refer to them.


I couldn't help but notice every other comment on this page use she/her.

<p>NISEI seems to use 'they/them' everywhere nowadays. Inconvenient imo; makes it harder to distinguish from plural.</p> —
<p>I think this was more or less known since their release ( not that I want to take away from the fact ). There's also at least one Queer ID ( Sunny L. ) and Chaos Theory has two dads!</p> —