Tactica Quickie: White Hacking Device

Game Theory

Hey guys, I wanted to make a quick post today regarding our coming White Hacking Device, as it seems there’s still some confusion about why our oversized hacking device is now useful.

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Read the fine print!

The White Hacking Device effectively grants Sixth Sense Level 2 throughout our enemy’s Hacking network.  This is stellar –especially considering the price for the White Hacking device did not jump up, yet also dropped by -0.5 SWC.

The provision is more generous than you might imagine:  Say you have a White Kamael, who is near an enemy’s Pitcher.  Nomads’ turn.  A Wildcat Fireteam swings around the corner, with the Wildcat Hacker and his Combi + Flamethrower bearing down on you.  This would normally play out poorly, but the White Hacking Device changes this:  If the Wildcat Hacker is within 8 inches, you get that fine print Sixth Sense stuff.  But even if the Wildcat Hacker isn’t within 8 inches, you still would get that fine print Sixth Sense stuff, because of the nearby Pitcher (Repeater).  So, your White Kamael can delay her ARO until after the Nomads player declares both skills of his order, and then you may respond to the Wildcat’s Hack, Combi, or Flamethrower as appropriate.

Or, say you are fighting PanOceania this time, and your White Kamael is on the other side of a wall, where an enemy Fugazi purrs.  Again it’s our enemy’s turn.  16 inches away, a TO Camo marker moves in Line of Fire of your White Kamael.  You delay, as normal, against the Camo marker.  The Camo Marker reveal to be a Swiss Guard Hacker, and he fires his MULTI Rifle at your White Kamael.  It’s still up to you how you want to suffer that ARO, but you won’t be suffering Surprise Shot, in any case, because the Fugazi’s Repeater is providing you with access to the Swiss Guard’s Hacking Area to respond to.

This evening, Dasaan is finally (belatedly) entering into the Flamestrike campaign, so we should have a voluptuous battle report up sometime soon.  The new Tohaa “How To” and “101” category of articles did not quite get finished for this week, but, as you have probably seen from the banner, I am wrapping up the graphics:

Anyone will be welcome to reuse or repurpose the images, and if you guys like, I could create a library of the .png or .xcf downloads for your own use.  In the meantime:

Happy wargaming

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5 thoughts on “Tactica Quickie: White Hacking Device

  1. White Hacking device is still fairly niche, it’s nit something you’ll see the benefit of in every game, but in ITS it’s gonna be golden for cheaply unlocking data scan and HVT espionage classifieds and pairs nicely with gao-tarsos to make ad3 a bit more reliable. 0.5swc isn’t a bad asking price for it really and the pseudo ssl2 gives it a bit more survivability which is nice

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    1. Aye. We artichokes typically have stomached the penalties of going without Hackers in ITS missions, but the White Hacking Device makes it much more stomachable. The tool makes me really wish we had a White Hacker Gao-Rael. I’d take that profile all the time for the MSV + “Sixth Sense” combo.

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  2. I’m not following everything here. I’ll go with this paragraph specifically:

    “Or, say you are fighting PanOceania this time, and your White Kamael is on the other side of a wall, where an enemy Fugazi purrs. Again it’s our enemy’s turn. 16 inches away, a TO Camo marker moves in Line of Fire of your White Kamael. You delay, as normal, against the Camo marker. The Camo Marker reveal to be a Swiss Guard Hacker, and he fires his MULTI Rifle at your White Kamael. It’s still up to you how you want to suffer that ARO, but you won’t be suffering Surprise Shot, in any case, because the Fugazi’s Repeater is providing you with access to the Swiss Guard’s Hacking Area to respond to.”

    I don’t think this is accurate. Enemy repeaters and hackers don’t extend your hacking area, as far as I understand it. If they hack you through them, you can ARO with firewall, but that doesn’t put them in your HA. Otherwise you could always hackney our opponents stuff, regardless of location.

    Can you elaborate if I’m missing something?

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    1. Yes, your hacking area extends through enemy repeaters, if you are within that repeater’s Zone of Control. The White Hacking Device very specifically grants the “sixth sense” through the hacking area. I’ll have to update this article with an infographic.

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