Content warning: This story contains gun violence and implied stalking
So. Jinteki could adapt.
Mercury examined the puncture in their forearm: a goreless tunnel bordered by a molten bloom of synth-skin. The damage left by the gunship’s armour-piercing rounds was not trivial. They would need to speak to the good doctor about repairs, and perhaps upgrades – plascrete wouldn’t cut it anymore.
Through the bullet hole, the coast of Brazil had come into view, and with it their quiet marina, its lights blinking all clear. And beyond, a column of dark smoke rising out of the city center.
“What is that?”
Mercury glanced at the clone refugee in their peripheral vision. A shock of spiked white hair over a young face, looking ahead.
“Home,” said Mercury. They kept the uncertainty out of their voice.
The riot’s sounds crashed against them across the water. Shouts, sirens. Engines and songs.
“Home,” repeated the clone.
Mercury faced him straight-on. “Messenger?” they asked.
“Deliveries, mostly,” he replied, shrugging.
Mercury paused for effect – a bit of social programming that came in useful more often than not. “You can be whatever you want to be, once we get there. But… if you agree, we could use your skills. When we land, I’ll give you instructions.”
“Yes!” answered the clone, grinning wide, barely letting Mercury finish.
* * *
The clone was left alone above decks and mentally catalogued his behaviour. The smile had been too broad, but the Nico didn’t seem to have noticed. Not that the clone could read the bioroid, anyway.
He could read the other clones on the ship well enough. Their surface thoughts drifted over him; he catalogued them, too. Pain. Loss. Hope. He tamped down the instincts of his cloneline, the gene-deep programming that said hunt. That was not his purpose here. He was not some mindless predator, no; he was a Seis Mk. II, and he had spun himself a web.
The Automata Initiative is the first set of the Liberation Cycle, which is set in Brazil. As the population is in uproar over proposed legislation to remove rights of personhood from bioroids comes before the National Congress, a broad coalition of Runners struggle to expose the involvement of the Corps.
The Automata Initiative contains 65 brand-new cards, including four identities, and introduces the brand new Threat mechanic to Netrunner.
- Release date: July 31, 2023
- Cycle: Part 1 of 2 in the Liberation Cycle
- Size: Full playsets of 65 new cards
- Total cards: 187 playable cards, plus rules and fiction inserts
- Set symbol: Silhouette of the sabiá bird
- Design codename: Bell-Tower
- NetrunnerDB abbreviation: tai
Get The Automata Initiative
Does the need for liberation burn within you? If you are in one of the regions served by our online store (USA, Canada, Australia, and the EU at the time of release, with more regions added constantly), you can buy The Automata Initiative directly from us. Otherwise, you can purchase it from either of our print-on-demand partners, or from an authorized reseller. You can also download the set as a PDF so you can print and play at home.
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Note: Due to card back differences between our products, as well as due to different color matching between our different printing partners, these cards should be used in opaque sleeves.
Rotation and Legality
The Automata Initiative will immediately become legal for Casual-tier events on its release on July 31, 2023. It becomes legal for Competitive-tier events on August 11, 2023. (Please note, however, that it will be legal for all 2023 Continental Championships, including the Asia-Pacific Continental Championship on August 5-6, in an exception to our normal set legality policies.) An accompanying Standard Ban List update comes into effect on the same day as the set’s legality. See here for details on this ban list update.
The release of The Automata Initiative also triggers a rotation for the Standard format. As of August 11, 2023 (or earlier in the case of APAC, as detailed above), the Flashpoint Cycle and Data and Destiny will no longer be part of the Standard format card pool. This set does not trigger a rotation for the Startup format. See our Supported Formats page to learn about set legality and different ways to play.