- This page is about the Corporation faction Haas-Bioroid. For other uses of Haas-Bioroid, see Haas-Bioroid (disambiguation).
- See also the List of all Haas-Bioroid cards and the Haas-Bioroid category.
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"Effective, Reliable, Humane"
Haas-Bioroid is one of the four Corporation factions in Android: Netrunner. Haas-Bioroid cards have a purple color scheme for their card templating.
With headquarters in New Angeles and major branch offices in Chicago, Cologne, Heinlein, Johannesburg, and Sydney, Haas-Bioroid is the world leader in cybernetics and artificial intelligence. The most iconic and recognizable products made by Haas-Bioroid are the bioroids themselves, androids built with cybernetic technology and with artificially-intelligent minds designed around sophisticated imaging of human brains.
Bioroids are a new technology but have already changed humanity forever. As android labor becomes cheaper and widely available, ordinary humans, mostly in the lower class, find themselves unemployed and replaced by a bioroid or clone. Although bioroids are less controversial than the human-like clones, they attract a good deal of vitriol, hatred, and even violence.
The "labor solutions" market is controlled by Haas-Bioroid and their chief competitor, Jinteki. Both corporations have become enormously wealthy through their joint monopoly. Haas-Bioroid holds the patent on bioroids and most of the necessary technology for developing a proper artificial intelligence. They aggressively protect their patents and their market position through any legal means available - and, if certain alarmist watchdog organizations and fringe elements are to be believed, any illegal means available as well.
In addition to the creation of artificially intelligent bioroids, Haas-Bioroid has been experimenting with specialized bioroids dedicated to network security and other tasks that are traditionally the role of software agents (so-called "weak" AI). Bioroids tasked for purely network usage have a proven ability to interact with the brains of users employing a neural interface, with occasionally lethal results. There are also some indications that these bioroids are less "well-adjusted" than others who possess a body and may interact with human beings in a more traditional manner. Haas-Bioroid denies any allegations that their software-purposed bioroids are unstable or have ever been implicated in the brain damage of human users.
Haas Bioroid prides itself on quality craftsmanship and superior design. In addition to bioroids, Haas-Bioroids and its subsidiaries produce commercial-grade and medical cybernetics, prosthetics, industrial robots and machinery, mind-machine interface devices and consumer electronics.
Living Card Game (LCG)
In the LCG, Haas-Bioroid cards distinguishes itself with powerful economic cards and powerful ices. However, Haas-Bioroid requires a fairly large amount credits in order to rezz more powerful cards, which can be detrimental against both Anarchs and Criminal factions as they rely on early assaults against corporations. Despite the relative high costs of rezzing an asset or ice, Haas-Bioroid is known for "getting the biggest bang for your buck" and remains one the most popular identities in tournament play.
Unique among the Haas-Bioroid ices are the famed bioroids, which often carry potent subroutines that may include brain damage if the Runner is not careful. Fortunately for Runners, they can opt to use a click to break a subroutine instead of using an icebreaker. This may delay a Runner by wasting their clicks, but it may allow runs to pass, especially when Runners make their Runs on the first click. An isolated bioroid may not pose too much of a threat to Runners, but a server with more than one rezzed bioroid ice can be a powerful deterrent against runners.
Haas-Bioroid also has factional cards that bring back cards from the Archives. This ability is not shared by other Corporations at this time unless Influence is spent on Archived Memories.