This set won the Origins Award in 2005 for the Best Collectible Card Game.
This box has a fabulous full-color illustration done by Michael Komarck specifically as a box cover.
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 introduced the Seven Masters as a stand-alone faction (Ho Chen, the first of the Seven Masters appeared as a promo printed with Red Wedding), including a number of oddities like Kunlun Clan Assault, the first "foundation" Event (an Event that requires no resources, but does provide them, like a foundation Character). The set adds a true alternate victory condition, Underworld Gateway.
The entire set was reprinted by Inner Kingdom Games in December 2011. Eleven cards were swapped out for different reprints from various sets. IKG took community input on the Shadowfist Forum to finalize the list
- Removed: Curtain of Fullness, Killing Rain, Monkeywrenching, Netherflitter, Wall of aThousand Eyes, Baptism of Fire, Cry of the Forgotten Ancestor, Wandering Monk, Tranquil Persuader, Feast of Souls and Blanket of Darkness.
- Added: Mad Scientist, IKTV Special Report, Mathemagician, Chi Sucker, "Is That All You Got?", Stand Together, Secret Pact, Never Surrender, Street Riot, Temple of Celestial Mercy and Plains of Ash.
The bottom of the box features a full-color advertisement for the Z-man game, Kung Fu Samurai on Giant Robot Island.
The secret box message snakes around the outside edge of the bottom. It says "Coming soon: Snow White and the Seven Masters Starring: Happy - The Laughing Master, Dopey - Master of Stone Head Technique, Doc - Master of the Healing Touch, Sleepy - Master of Tripping Log Style, Bashful - The Hidden Master, Grumpy - Master of the Defiant Stance, Sneezy - Master of the Flying Mucous Strike, And Jerry Mathers as the Beaver ...c'mon, you didn't think I'd just put an ad down here, did you. That was just a dodge."
The secret booster message (under the flap on the back of the booster) says
There used to be an 8th Master but they felt they no longer needed
a "Master of the Very Tasty Dumpling"