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This page is about the Corporation faction Jinteki. For other uses of Jinteki, see Jinteki (disambiguation).
See also the List of all Jinteki cards and the Jinteki category.
Page 31, Column 1, Paragraph(s) 11, Core Rule Book
Jinteki: One of the four Corporation factions available to a player in Android: Netrunner.


Jinteki Logo

"When you need the human touch"

Jinteki is one of the four Corporation factions in Android: Netrunner. Jinteki cards have a red/brown color scheme for their card templating.

Background Edit

The traditionally conservative Jinteki corporation is now led by an aggressive new chairman of the board, Chairman Hiro, through a series of upheavals and transitions. Alongside rapid developments in the field of cloning and biotechnology in the last decade, the corporation has relocated its headquarters from Tokyo, Japan to New Angeles, acquired or built laboratories on Mars and shifted its recruitment policies to diversify its research and sales force. Branch offices have also been granted more autonomy and localized marketing has increased sales of consumer-model clones (though most clone sales are still business-to-business).

The upheaval mirrors unrest in society at large in the past decades, and the cause is the same: androids. Jinteki owns the patent on the process that creates humanlike clones, biological androids tailor-made by the "genegineers" of Jinteki. As this controversial technology becomes cheaper and more robust, more and more humans find themselves replaced in the workforce by cheaper android labor. While some Jinteki corporation products (such as the vacuum-tolerant "turtleback" clones seen in Heinlein or on the Beanstalk) bear a faint resemblance to human beings, others are virtually indistinguishable, marked only by barcode tattoos on the backs of their necks.

Jinteki markets its clones as more personable and person-like than the robotic bioroids built by their chief competitor. Clones are inherantly adaptable and intuitive, just like a real person, and are able to establish empathy with real humans more easily than other androids. They excel in service industry positions, although heavy-labor and industrial-process clones are also readily available. Rumors exist of clone projects that explore the potential of human psionic ability, but such claims are dismissed by serious scientists. Jinteki has performed extensive research on the human brain and mind-machine interface technologies, but this is because so-called "braintaping" technology is essential to their production process.

The new, sleeker, more modern Jinteki prides itself on adaptability, aesthetics, and a connection to the natural world. Jinteki is proud of its heritage as a Japanese corporation and embraces a traditional aesthetic as part of its corporate identity. In addition to clones, Jinteki and its subsidiaries specialize in biotechnology, cloned organs, pharmacology, agriculture, and medical equipment.

Living Card Game (LCG)Edit

In the Living Card Game, Jinteki cards distinguishes itself with cards that favour net damage as one of their core elements. Particular cards of note are Snare! and Project Junebug, which can result in flatlining a Runner in a single action if they are not cautious in their runs.

Jinteki ICE has a medium cost to rezz, but suffers from a low number of subroutines, each with a relatively weak standalone effect. However, much of the ICE also increases the effectiveness of other ice layers by adding additional subroutines, bolstering ice strength, or creating hazardous conditions for Runners such as barring Runners from jacking out or forcing players back to the first layer of ice.

Unfortunately, the Jinteki faction has virtually no cards to increase its economy, relying on faction neutral cards or importing out-of-faction cards from Haas-Bioroid or Weyland Consortium for quick credits. As such, Jinteki players have difficulty matching up against Criminal and Shaper Runners. Therefore, a skilled Jinteki player will need to rely on bluffs, tricks, and predicting Runner actions in order to do well.

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