:The mainframe at Titan Transnational Bank has been isolated. Its security protocols have been deactivated and the sysops shut out. You have 23 seconds to use a Sneakdoor before the security comes back online. Grab what you can. ::
In Android: Mainframe, you and up to three opponents become elite cybercriminals known as runners. When the mainframe and fortunes at Titan Transnational Bank are suddenly compromised, it's time for you to go to work. But it turns out that you're not the only runner who has been alerted to Titan's woes, and that means you're not the only runner in Titan's servers. It's time to show your competitors what you can do: execute your programs, establish access points and partitions, and seize control of the mainframe.
Easy to learn and hard to master, Android: Mainframe typically plays in less than half an hour, and its six different identities provide six distinct approaches to the challenges of accessing and securing Titan's vulnerable accounts. With more than ninety partitions and a total of seventy-five programs, Android: Mainframe is a thriling, high-powered trip into the future of cybercrime!
Runner Versus Runner
What's better than stealing riches from a helpless megacorp? Stealing riches from a helpless megacorp and demonstrating your superiority over other runners as you do it! In Android: Mainframe, you compete for control of different nodes within Titan's servers. Lock down a node, and you score its riches. At the end of the game, the richest runner wins.
However, outrunning other runners can be a trick—even trickier than hacking through corporate defenses. While you're hacking your way into the server, your competitors may very well be hacking your hacks. You might lay down an access point or reroute a data stream only to find your efforts subverted.
At the beginning of the game, you arrive at the Titan mainframe, and you mark your arrival by the placement of your first access point. Then, each turn, you get to take a single action: you can establish another access point, execute a program, or pass. Your goal is to use the programs at your disposal to secure your access points so that they control as many of Titan's vulnerable accounts as possible.
- By establishing an access point, you add one of your character's tokens to the game board, placing it faceup on an unsecured node.
- When you execute a program, you can execute any of the generic programs in the program suite, or you can execute one of the three signature programs with which you start the game.
- If you choose to pass, play proceeds immediately to the next player. If all players need or choose to pass, the game ends, and you and your opponents score your runs.