Sub Boost

Sub Boost 0[credit]

Operation: Condition
Influence: ○○○○○

Install Sub Boost on a rezzed piece of ice as a hosted condition counter with the text "Host ice gains barrier and 'subroutine End the run.' after all its other subroutines."

"It's fun watching them derez after hitting Enigma." -Grace Lamarr, Freelance Security Expert
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Order and Chaos (oac)

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REACTION First of all, Sub Boost is just great on bioroid ice - especially Eli 1.0. Of all the non-barrier ice, broiled is probably where this goes; however, the "Host ice gains barrier" drawback means Corroder gets that much more efficient for the runner, so I'm not looking to install Sub Boost on things like Neural Katana or cost=strength ice like Data Raven.

OPPORTUNITIES Instead check out some interesting interactions that take place on existing barrier ice. Sub Boost adds stability to the disappearing subroutines on Hive which should be on the board long enough to get Sub Boost installed. Snowflake magically becomes a very odd piece of ice to encounter, and if TMI was worth the risk to rez, then why not beef it up.

ALTERNATIVES The best candidates outside of bioroid and barrier ice are those with uniquely efficient traits: Hunter for its large strength/rez cost ratio or Architect because it can't be trashed. Changeling might require an FAQ update at some point.

(All That Remains era)
I believe Lukas has, independently of the FAQ, ruled that subtypes are additive. When Changeling 'loses barrier' with an advancement token, it is at 0 instances of the "barrier" subtype. Sub-Boost adds an instance of "barrier" back so that it is considered a barrier still. —
However, if I have a Changeling which is a barrier, attach Sub Boost, and then advance it, does it lose one or both instances of Barrier? —
It should lose one and thus still be a barrier: —

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(The Universe of Tomorrow era)
Heh, do one for Patch next :P —
Curtain Wall? Turing says hello... —