I see the usual mission idea being one of egocasting into a location, sleeving, doing the mission, then egocasting back to "home" (which is often a different location for each character) to be resleeved in the characters' usual morphs. If necessary, egos may be recovered from backup back at "home" and resleeved.
I'm curious as to how feasible it would be to instead to routinely send alpha forks on missions and then just merge it to the main ego when the fork gets back. This would help to preserve the character's cover identity (assuming the fork sticks to a fake ID) and, for short duration missions, doesn't seem all that hard on the character in terms of SV, at least in comparison to the shock of death.
In addition to criminal and Firewall missions, I see this as being especially beneficial for gatecrashing first-in missions. Here the total mission is usually less than 1 week in duration and has a very high risk of losing the ego and the stack.
Has anyone played it this way?