FOREWORD: Been fielding a lot of questions from all you aspiring netrunners, so here's me thinking “I should put together a tutorial so help you!”
IF you find this helpful, do me a solid, get onto your pocket secretary or go to the bank and WIRE Sunny some nuyen, baby! <3
In addition, I am ALWAYs happy to be going on the matrix dates and sharing what I know. I am always updating this document, so please MAIL me if you would like to contribute.
Also, feel free to call me on 72063215.
Your friend, Sunny
MPCP: the OS of your deck. It stands for Master Persona Control Program. The rating of this determines the rating of the big 'Attribute programs': Bod, Evasion, Masking and Sensors. You want a good MPCP because the total rating points you can distribute to your Persona programs are the MPCP x 3. Also your utilities have a max level of the MPCP, and each persona program can only be as high as the MPCP. So a MPCP of 8 can have Bod/Evasion/Masking/Sensors of 6/6/6/6, or 8/6/5/5 etc. It also affects your hacking (as does your Intelligence and certain 'ware boosts. Math SPU mmm… <3<3)
Hardening: Your 'Matrix Armor.'It increases your decks resistance to Black IC & Gray IC(including Black Hammer and Killjoy programs).
Active Memory: this is your deck's RAM. You can only run utilities in MP equal to or less than your deck's Active Memory. So if you're running your high level Sleaze program(which you should!!!), that can cost a lot of AM. you want to try to get this reasonable to be able to run a few utilities.
Storage Memory: Storage Space! Swapping a utility from Active to Storage doesn'tremove it from Storage-you still need the space for them.
I/O Speed: Transfer rate of MP per combat turn. The faster this is the faster stuff gets transferred.
Response Increase: Matrix Reflexes, and real nice to have. Think of it as being like wired reflexes, but for matrix combat. The level of Response Increase can only be the MPCP/3, round down, so a good MPCP is crucial.
Hot ASIST/cold ASIST: Store bought decks and ASIST headware only have cold ASIST. When you run hot, you use your full decker potential… but you also risk frying your brain. Hot ASIST's very illegal, so you know that it must be good.
Sunny's Deckbuilding Price List: persona programs and other software sold separately, & prebuilt/preowned/preloved decks available at competitve prices Custom hot ASIST decks starting at 300,000 nuyen MPCP: 6*, Hardening: 4, Active: 1000, Storage: 3000, I/O: 240. INCLUDES hot ASIST. YOU WON'T FIND THESE IN STORES! (*At the time of writing can only do MPCP 6, but expect to be able to offer higher ratings probably by the time you're reading this)
Your deck can handle MPCPx3 points of Persona Chips. For example: 6 MPCP deck could have 6/6/6/0, or 4/4/4/6 etc. You need to install persona chips onto your deck, but you do not have to set them as default. These persona programs make up your icon and allow you to attempt actions in the matrix. Think of them as your vital statistics in the matrix.
You do not need to set these to load, these are different to utility programs. Think of these four as your decks statistics. All you need to do, to use these chips, is to INSTALL them on your deck.
BOD: Protects your icon from damage. The higher, the more punishment your icon can take before getting dumped from the matrix.
SENSORS: Want to find anything, ever? The higher the number, the more you'll see.
MASKING: Higher number, harder for the host and IC to notice you… also makes it easier to hide from also other deckers. If you're just going for a sweet matrix hang out with your buddies, don't bother with this. But if you want to hide? Bigger is better.
EVASION: Talk shit get hit. Forget your Evasion persona program? Get hit. The average of your EVASION persona chip and any sleaze program you are running is what determines your detection factor. You WANT a high detection factor. The higher your detection factor, the longer it is before IC notice you, Omae.
Want to buy? SUNNY's price: 20,000 nuyen each, rating as per request
A common query I've heard is about “why do my attempts to do ANYTHING in the matrix always fumble?” Assuming you've got the right aptitudes and skills and chrome and bioware, and that your deck isn't total drek, it could be because you don't have the right utility programs installed and or loaded on your deck. Check below!
To use these programs, you will need to INSTALL the chip on your deck.
Then you will either need to set the utility program as DEFAULT outside of the matrix, or LOAD <filename> inside the matrix.
If you are looking for information on programming, see here.
PROGRAM / MATRIX UTILITY CHEAT SHEET SUNNY SELLS ALL PROGRAMS 20000 nuyen EACH
|MATRIX ACTIONS desired result||Associated UTILITIES(S)||Comments|
|Abort Host Shutdown||Swerve||Aborts Host Shutdown|
|Attack||Attack, Lock-on||run program|
|Armour||Armour||Reduces Power of IC's atk|
|Combat Maneuvers||Cloak, Lock-on, Attack||(lock-on stops enemies from avoiding you!)|
|Crash||Swerve||Crash host. Makes IC weaker.|
|Decrypt paydata||Decrypt||Decrypt paydata|
|Disconnect||N/A||Dumps you from the matrix. OUCH.|
|Disarm paydata||Defuse||Defuses databomb|
|Download||Read/Write||Download files, paydata|
|Locate <host/file>||Browse,||If you already know the name, you can skip this.|
|Locate <ic>||Browse, Analyze|
|Locate <decker>||Browse, Scanner||If they're hiding, find them.|
|Locate paydata||Evaluate||If you're looking for the money shot… Decays periodically, so you'll need to keep buying tee|
|Logoff||Deception||Return to meat space without frying your brain. Can't use when fighting Black IC.|
|Logon <host>||Deception||Locate host name first using locate host|
|Make phonecalls in matrix||Comlink||Allows you to make phone calls and recieve phone calls.|
|Make it harder to be noticed/Raise Detection Factor||Sleaze||Detection Factor = Avg.Sleaze+Masking|
|Repair your icon||Medic||run program|
|Parry||Cloak||Bolster matrix defenses|
|Position||Cloak||Improve chance to hit|
|Scan <decker>||Scanner||Get a more in depth look. See what they're running.|
|Upload||Read/Write||Upload files, duh|
Hoi, Chummers! So first thing's first, if you want to be the novahot matrix cowboy/girl, the right gear is ESSENTIAL: a Decker without a Deck is hardly a decker at all! But, aside from the obvious, chrome and bioware can be very important. The rules for being in the matrix are different to in meatspace, yes! In meatspace, you have to rely on the strength of your body to do the heavy lifting. In the matrix your mind is your strength, and your willpower is how much you can resist being knocked about.
|Datajack||ESSENTIAL: Neccessary to jack in|
|Math SPU||Improves your hacking abiliy by rating… also a clock!|
|Encephallon||Improves hacking ability by rating|
|Chipjack, Skillwires||Don't know how to deck? Just buy some activesofts.|
|cerebral booster II||The first rating only makes you a little smarter. The second rating makes you even smarter and helps when you are having to think.|
I recommend AGAINST getting a vehicle control rig when just starting out as the decker, as they are very distracting. (OOC note: having a vehicle control rig inflicts a penalty on your hacking pool.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CYBERDECK, Sunny?!
OK. If you are looking for how to build a deck, see here.
Please review previous parts, but to summarise:
|A cyberdeck||Get as high a MPCP rating as you can. Store bought decks are OK, but if you want to maximise your success, you need to quit worrying about frying your brain and get hot ASIST. It's illegal, so you * know * that it must be good. Seriously, without hot ASIST you can't even hack at your best! Also, you're slower! Unless you love lag, go with a custom deck and hot ASIST. Want a custom deck? See part 2, above. Talk to Sunny, baby!|
|Persona chips||At bare minimum you MUST have bod and sensors installed on your deck to even start it up deck up. (The total ratings of all four programs cannot exceed 3x MPCP rating of your deck.) See part 2, above.|
|Programs||Programs also known as Utilities are how a decker stands a chance at succeeding at things. Don't forget to install those, and perhaps consider setting your most used programs to default. For a description of what each of the programs do, and a price list if you are looking at acquiring some, please see part 3.|
Follow these steps to be on your way to raking in the nuyen.
That is basically all there is to getting paydata. Selling paydata's another story. There's a dwarf out in West Tacoma named Krakerjack that buys paydata. He's on Crescent Street. The quicker you can get the data to him, the more he'll pay. He pays more for orange, red and black host data. But you can still make a tidy profit selling the easy stuff.
NB Please note that if you're flooding the market with milk-run easy data, it does reduce the market value of ALL data for EVERYONE going to Krackerjack!
Well! I admit, I mostly think AVOIDING IC is the way to go. You just do not get much out of destroying IC. There's no special paydata for running your attack utility, as far as I know. There's no karma in it. And when you destroy an IC the security level in the host ticks up!
But inevitably the drek always hits the fan. I'm still writing this guide, and will update it soon.
But the gist is… Make sure you have armour utility, camo, and cloaking.
Make sure you have a matrix attack utility.
RUN ATTACK <ic> as soon as you can.
Don't forget to EVADE/PARRY/POSITION to maximise your combat chances.
And if it is looking bad? Get out of there, Omae.
LOGOFF if you can, but if you cannot… DISCONNECT will dump you from the matrix, but a bit of dumpshock's better than getting your icon and utilities shredded. Well. Sometimes.
Please see below for a work in progress list of the various hosts around Seattle and surrounds. All paydata price guides assumes a certain level of mastery in databrokerage (OOC: assumes databrokering 6)
|Location||Host danger level||Comments/paydata value|
|Library||Nil. The milkiest of milk runs||Everyone knows this one. Data sells for 1000-2000 nuyen|
|Dantes'||Danger! Iceman doesn't like it when you go looking for paydata :(||There is actually IC protection here that will shred your icon if you're an idiot and go in without being protected. I mostly use this one to jack into and the LOGON to LTG and go about my Biz elsewhere.|
|Nybbles n Bytes||Nil to Low.||Data sells for 1000-2000 nuyen|
|Tacoma Junkyard||Low. You can get IC if you aren't careful.||Data sells for 1000-2000 nuyen|
|Tacoma Mall||Low. Plenty of IC, but they won't shred your proggies.||Lots and lots of paydata. Data sells for 1000-2000 Nuyen.|
This is a work in progress. If you have locations and reviews to submit, send Sunny a mail in your pocket secretary, today!
In the section about Utility Programs you can see the list of every action you can take in the matrix, that I'm aware of.
The following is an explaination about what you can do with LOGON.
As you know, you CONNECT to the matrix at a jackpoint (see the travel guide for some hints about jackpoint locations).
Once you are in the matrix, you can do so many things. But something you might want to do is travel somewhere else.
This is where the LOGON command comes in useful, and why your deception utility is so important. When decking, we are convincing the matrix that our credentials are legitimate (Most normies actually pay for their LTG/RTG subscriptions. Did you know that? But you and I, we know that's a waste of money. Also. Well. Traceable. And the last thing a decker needs whilst busy with the biz is being traced.)
See? Easy, Omae.