Resistor 0[credit]

Ice: Barrier - Tracer
Strength: 0
Influence: 2

Resistor has +1 strength for each tag the Runner has.

[subroutine] Trace[4]. If successful, end the run.

"In the Olden Times, a 'resistor' was a vital component of practically all electronic equipment. You know, back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth." -Chaos Theory
Illustrated by Mariusz Siergiejew
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Data and Destiny (dad)

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Resistor is a beautiful piece of ICE.

Thematically I love it, flavour text and all, and mechanically it slots into NBN very well. Name a good NBN faction ETR Barrier and chances are you think of Wraparound and that's it, so Resistor is a very welcome addition. Here's a piece of ICE with a welcome rez to str ratio that gets stronger with each tag the Runner has, and in NBN that's insane.

To balance this the ETR subroutine is trace dependent, and at a base trace of 4 you'd better be sure to have a good reason to pay up if your link is low. This makes Resistor slot comfortably as a taxation for the Runner, offering that glimpse of hope that they can go through, but their active Surveillance Sweep could end all of that. A Resistor is designed to allow an electrical signal through, but slow it down, and that's exactly how it feels. Resistor will give away to the Runner that you're likely planning on tagging them, but it won't give away the intentions of those tags. Overall, a good piece of ICE, and an annoying one at that!

(Data and Destiny era)

Once upon a time, there was an ice called Vanilla. It was used often. Resistor is the NBN equivalent. And it has the exact same value.

At 0 strength, it will cost 1 to pass for Aumakua and Paperclip. But since it has a cost of 0, you ALWAYS rez this ice. And it ALWAYS tax a bit the runner. Where does that lead us.

It is good for rush decks, where you want to gear check the runner, but do not want to spend much doing so. With a trace of 4, a runner will have to pay a lot to pass this ice when not equip for it, thus slowing the runner more without slowing you at all.

Of course, this ice will not protect you much, but that is not what it is good for. It is good as a light tax on the runner that cost you nothing.

Of note, this is an amazing ice against tag-me strategy (such as Counter Surveillance decks), as it keep having a better strength while still costing you 0!

Good, if niche, ice, with a nice art and a good quote. Superb!

(Parhelion era)