PAD Factory

PAD Factory 2[credit]

Asset: Alliance - Facility
Trash: 3
Influence: 2

This card costs 0 influence if you have 3 PAD Campaigns in your deck.

[click]: Place 1 advancement token on a card. You cannot score that card until your next turn begins.

Illustrated by Caleb Souza
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  • Updated 2017-05-02

    UFAQ [Damon Stone]

    Can PAD Factory place tokens on non-installed cards?

    No. The Corp cannot choose a card that is not installed to place the advancement token on.

    If the Runner accesses an Alliance card from HQ, is the Corp required to tell the Runner how much influence that card is worth in their deck? What about if the Runner accesses an Alliance card from R&D?

    No. It is assumed that the Corp's deck is legal, and the influence value on the card is irrelevant for the purposes of gameplay.

    What happens if the Corp no longer has enough cards in their deck to satisfy the Alliance requirement for a card due to cards being removed from the game?

    Nothing happens. Just like with Cerebral Static against The Professor, the deck building aspect of a card only matters during deck building and not during the game.


This card didn't really make a splash in the Mumbad Cycle, and that's likely to continue into the future, but in a more casual environment, you might consider including it in Weyland Consortium: Builder of Nations. You will probably, at some point, have to include non-advanceable ice in your deck - PAD Factory ensures that even those ice can maintain Builder of Nations' meat damage ping threat.

(Fear the Masses era)
Did not think of that! Great catch! —

PAD Factory is a card I've had a lot of fun with and has gotten slightly better since they printed Mass Commercialization. The card has three possible benefits:

1. It's an economy piece

Advancing cards is expensive, time consuming work. PAD Factory lets you ignore the expensive part (but not the time consuming part) by letting you put advancement tokens on cards for free. If your deck is interested in advancing a lot of cards (or one card a lot of times), PAD Factory can save you money.

I don't think this is really enough justification to play PAD Factory on its own. PAD Factory is two to rez, so it doesn't actually start making you money until you click it a few times. That's not terrible, but you could probably make more money if you had just played something like a Marilyn Campaign instead.

2. It enables advancing cards that can't normally be advanced related shenangians

PAD Factory doesn't care about whether cards give you permission to advance them. You can advance a Tollbooth. You can advance Beth Kilrain-Chang. You can even advance PAD Factory.

Functionally, this means two things. One, PAD Factory can enable Trick of Light plays in situations you might be having trouble finding cards to advance. Two, you can set up a really bonkers Mass Commercialization. Advance your cards. Advance the runner's cards. Advance everything. When you finally play Mass Commercialization, you might be gaining 10 or 20 credits. And each subsequent Mass Commercialization gives you that same benefit without the additional upkeep.

Taking off a bunch of turns to sprinkle do nothing advancement tokens on runner cards is a pretty good way to get out-tempo'd and lose a game of Netrunner. If taking off those turns lets you set yourself up economically for the rest of the game, it may be justifiable. It's certainly fun to click for 20 .

3. It enables mind games

This is a bit silly, but between the ability to advance non-advanceable things, and the restriction that you can't score a card in the same turn you advanced it with PAD Factory (be sure to remind the runner that you aren't allowed to score their Beth Kilrain-Chang the same turn you advance her; it's a good joke), PAD Factory lets you try out silly bluffs:

  • Play Beale or No Beale.
  • Put a Snare! in a scoring remote and pretend it is the winning agenda. Feel wistful that Edge of World rotated.
  • Advance a card the runner is assuming is a trap and remind them that, yes, you probably would have just scored it if it was an agenda, but because you advanced it with PAD Factory, it could still be an agenda, you see. Better check it? When they remind you you could have just advanced the card normally and scored it if you wanted to so they aren't falling for your trap, grumble and advance their Beth some more.


I love PAD Factory. Incidentally, I love Tennin Institute too, because it enables the same shenanigans than PAD Factory does. Unfortunately, even though they enable the same strategy, it's really hard to fit them in the same deck:

  • Sparing two influence for PAD Factory is a really hard sell when you probably want to spend a lot of your influence on Weyland advanceable ICE.
  • Tennin is pretty unenthused about PAD Campaign, as they generally don't want a bunch of undefended remotes to give the runner the option to blank the Tennin ability for a turn, and they certainly don't want to waste a bunch of ice protecting PAD Campaigns. Including 3 cards you don't want in your deck just to satisfy the alliance requirement for PAD Factory is similarly unexciting.

If you come up with a solid PAD Factory Tennin deck, hit me up because that sounds incredible.

(Crimson Dust era)
the reason you take the weyland advancable ice is so that you have 4-6 things on the board you can advance if they run every turn and block your id ability. 2 pad factories would cost as much influence as 2 or 3 pieces of advancable ice and suddently every piece of ice in your deck is advanceable, that might be a nice way to free up influence for something else. —
With enough setup this is absolutely hilarious with Red Planet Couriers too. Not sure how to jank it with Jinteki though. Terrify the runner with a 10 counter Kusanagi? "I hope you can break 13 net damage subroutines!" —

Compare the text here to, say, Builder, Shipment from Kaguya , Shipment from SanSan, and Trick of Light . Or perhaps Hollywood Renovation, or Firmware Updates.

Do you see something missing?

Unlike every other card that places advancement tokens for you, this one does NOT specify "...that can be advanced" on your advancement tokens that can be placed. This implies you can put advancement tokens on things that normally can't be advanced. Meaning you can bait traps by "advancing" something that isn't an agenda or trap that depends on advancement tokens. Or, perhaps, put tokens on a Woodcutter while it is face down and rez it with tokens already in place.

Barring an explicit ruling that that was an oversight in the card text and it works differently than that, I can see a real astonishing amount of fun coming out of this in silly ways.

(Business First era)
Mushin No Shin, Tennin Institute and Dedication Ceremony already have such a wording. It is legal to put advancement counter on cards that cannot be advanced with them. —
PAD Factory allows you to put an advancement token on an already rezzed (and well protected) Haas Arcology AI, threatening a FA agenda next turn. —
Can you put advancement tokens on a agenda which was put on glenn station? Because unlike the other cards this one doesn't say the card has to be installed. —
@GreyestWolf PAD Factory doesn't say installed card, but the current (as of the time of this comment) FAQ does: "Unless otherwise noted, a card ability that requires a player to choose a card can only choose installed cards." —
It's not clear that card you place the advancement token has to be your card. Why not put advancement tokens on your opponent's Kati Jones. They'll be safe there until you draw Trick of Lignt. Or is this not supported by the rules. —

The problem is that, for some reason, you can´t use this if you want to score the card this turn - it gives you like 2c savings on advancing a 5/3, which isn´t much, so shenanigans are pretty much the only reason you´d play it