Critical Shift is a booster-only expansion set released by Shadowfist Games at GenCon in August 2007.
It's a 128 card set that contains 125 new cards, with rarities divided into Common, Uncommon, and Rare.
Two cards are errata of Daedalus cards (Bull Market and Shadowy Mentor), and one is a reprint of Mars Colonist.
All cards are black bordered with a red, yellow and black 'morphing person' badge in the upper right corner.
This is the first use of a multicolor set badge. The other portion of the badge is still coded to indicate rarity:
white for rare, grey for uncommon, and black for common.
The set as originally announced by Z-Man Games in 2004 was to be a new core set, including starters and boosters. That approach
was canceled when Z-Man gave up control of Shadowfist. The new publishing team, Shadowfist Games, announced in Oct. 2006 that
the set instead would be a typical 128 card booster-only expansion set.
Two boxes will give you enough rares to finish the set (after a couple of trades) unless you are very unlucky with duplicates.
This set introduces The Syndicate's signature ability, Influence. It also adds yet another alternate victory condition card:
Project Apocalypse. And you might imagine that the set would focus on building up The Syndicate card pool,
but all factions get about equal number of cards in this set.
The secret booster wrapper message appears on the outside under the sealing flap: This is where the shift hits the fan...
We're really in deep shift now... Holy Shift... I got a million of 'em! Good Night everybody, try the veal and don't forget to tip your waiter!
There was no secret box message. Instead, the bottom of the box contains a mini-FAQ, introducing the rules for Influence and
answering questions about a few cards - the largest portion of the mini-FAQ is devoted to questions about the new version of
Zheng Yi Quan.
Thank-you to Stephan Vincent for providing some information for this page.
Designators in rules text are in italics, but they should be in bold italics. (Burning Man, Feral Regression, Gathering the Fire,
Habbakuk, Harbinger, Haunted, Howling for Blood, New Recruits, Rogue Shaper, Shadowy Mentor)
Christine Winter is not supposed to be Unique. This is not a misprint.