Shift is the collectable card game where you only need to collect one card! Let your spirit burn as you shift gears towards victory! Read more
This project was successfully funded on March 24, 2013.
About this project
If you're coming to this page after the end of the campaign, you'll be able to buy Shift as well as many of the add-ons from our store (until the store is live it will redirect back to this page).
UPDATE 1: Progress, Previews, and Print & Play
UPDATE 2: Looking to the Back and to the Future
UPDATE 3: Collectable?
UPDATE 4: Emergency Stretch Goals, ACTIVATE!
UPDATE 5: Duel Dialing
UPDATE 7: Multiplayer, Spirit Tokens, Mega Cards, and a Luchador Bear?
UPDATE 8: Add-on Assistance and a Dark Emcee
UPDATE 9: The Last Day
Shift is card game with the depth of a collectible card game where you only need one card, a few coins, 25-45 minutes, and a friend or foe to play a great game.
On your turn, you can shift or attack. If you do a major action on a gear that's not first gear like attacking, or certain types of guards, you have to downshift back to first gear. The first gear's moves are the hardest to land, but they're easy to access since you don't need to shift to them. Moves on higher gears are more likely to land and have better stats, but you need to sacrifice turns to get to them.
While you play, you'll earn a commodity called Spirit when you take damage - in fact, they're represented by the same token! Sprit can be burned (spent) to perform certain high impact moves and actions that can really turn the game around. Having spirit makes you more mobile, and better able to defend yourself… but too much damage and it's hard to maintain your health. It's a balance between not being completely healed, but not taking too many hits.
*UPDATE* Tox of Crits Happen made a preview of the game.
By meeting our goal, we will have enough funds to cover the first print of our Season 1 cards. That covers printing, packaging, and shipping.
The game will be manufactured in the United States, so you're also funding proper living wages for the people making your game.
Our $5 tier is one card shipped, and fortunately that's all you need to play! Purchase of a single random card offers a great way to get a taste of the game. The rules will be provided as a PDF from our website.
At $7 you get an un-watermarked, 150dpi, PDF containing all Season 1 cards. The rules will be provided as a PDF from our website.
*NEW* Add $3 to any tier that includes the Season 1 cards, to receive the P&P PDF as well!
At $15 you get the entire first season shipped (that's 10 cards), offering you a wide variety of unique characters to play with, plus the exclusive Kickstarter card, and a PDF playmat and rules.
Beyond that we begin offering sets, which is a good way to save on shipping. You'll also save a little per copy if you go in for set tiers with some friends.
Also on offer are retail display boxes exclusively for verified retailers.
We also have four other rewards worthy of their own sections...
The Kickstarter card will be a creative Frankenstein's monster: backers who pledge at $35 can contribute a noun or adjective (availability pending) that will all be used to create it. Your name will also be featured on the back of the card.
In addition at the $60 level, you'll receive Season 1 with a signed and numbered Kickstarter card of which there are at most 50 available.
*NEW* You know what's been missing from you life? Two words: Love. Pillow. We were going make this a tier, but since tiers are exclusive, we wanted to make sure you can get the tier of your choice as well as this swank love pillow. This organic cotton sateen pillow case is super soft and machine washable.
It's available at the $140 tier. Or for an additional $125, you can add this body pillow case featuring the sumptuous Mark II on one side and The Impenetrable Fighter Kuma showing his vulnerable side on the other. Art forth-coming!
The characters in Shift are all over the place! We have more ideas, and we're sure you do too! We're offering just three design-a-card goals. Give us a story, give us sketches, or whatever you can muster! We'll discuss your ideas for a card and develop your concepts into a new official card together. If you've ever been curious about how game design and balancing works, this provides a unique opportunity to get your feet wet. You will also receive credit on the final card for your contribution. Designing and balancing these cards represents a significant effort, and your investment in this tier also increases the number of cards in Season 1 for everyone!
The Duel Dial represents all that is the Japanese CCG: a wearable game accessory. Sam has apprenticed with a master model maker, and will produce, for you, two cast plastic Duel Dials so that you can battle with a friend in style. Each piece will be custom fabricated and finished. There are multiple color possibilities, and we're happy to suggest combinations to compliment your favorite card. While we will do our best to deliver your Duel Dials with your Season 1 cards, it may take additional time to produce.
In addition, we have now unlocked Duel Dial kits! See below for more info!
One of the most surprising things that came from playtesting was that there are a lot of people who are uncomfortable flipping coins. Ultimately, the coin is about generating a simple random outcome, so we would like to provide an official solution for those that are turned off by the idea of coin flipping:
At $7500 we unlocked a custom Chessex die add-on with an even distribution of the heads and tails symbols for your rolling pleasure. The images are engraved into the surface of the die and will not rub off. By pledging an additional $5, we will send you one of these die along with your physical copy of the game.
Chessex manufactures their slugs in Europe, and they're customized in the United States.
At $8500, we unlocked a FREE app for your smartphone that features a tournament legal rulebook containing more in depth rule clarifications and includes a coin flipper with damage and spirit tracking. The idea being all you need is a card and your smartphone and you're ready to play. The application would be made available for iOS and Android.
At $9500, we unlocked another add-on: a 14" x 24" professional playmat for $20 each (+$10 for international shipments).
At $10k, we unlocked The Inverted Die of Destiny. This handsome die will feature a black slug with white inlay for an additional pledge amount of $5 each.
At $12k, we unlocked Duel Dial Kits. We've gotten a number of messages from people asking if there is any way to make the Duel Dials more affordable. We love the idea, and we want to make them more accessible to you.
We're are offering a the Duel Dial as a build-it-yourself kit. It will contain all of the components and instructions necessary to build a working unit (molded plastic pieces and electronic components). This won't be a snap together Gundam kit. It's more akin to a movie-prop kit and will require power tools. It will, however, make it very easy for you to customize!
You can get a single kit and a copy of Season 1 with the Kickstarter card at the $190 tier. You can also get a pair at discount with the $325 tier. The kits can also be added to any pledge tier for an additional $175 for a single kit or $300 for the two kits. Like all other add-ons, just increase your pledge by the price of the add-on to receive your kit.
We've posted more info about the Duel Dial prototype development in a recent video update.
People want to play with more than one person. That much is crystal clear. At $14k, we draft official rules for multiple players and make them available to everyone in the PDF rules and the mobile application.
At $18k, we unlocked a NEW and FREE promo card. That's a new free character for everyone. The card also unlocked the option for this to be a final Design-a-Card (see above). This is your last opportunity to leave your indelible mark on Season 1.
At $20k, the bomb goes off: We unlock a yellow die with black inlay, we unlock a third playmat design, and… AND we upgrade the mobile app to have downloadable cards so you can play with just your smartphone.
The table above contains the prices for all of the stretch goals and their respective international shipping costs. If you would like any of the items listed in addition to your physical goods pledge tier, just increase your pledge to the cost of your tier plus the add-ons you want (and any additional shipping if you live outside of the US). Once the campaign is over, we'll send out surveys that will allow you to choose the specific items that you want to include before we begin fulfillment.
For press inquiries, please visit our Presskit.
Risks and challenges
We have spent a lot of time looking at printing companies over the years. We've done everything we can to ensure the materials used in producing this game match up to our expectations, but this will be our first time working with this printer and problems could arise. By choosing a printer in the US, we have the additional benefit of easier accountability if the product fails to meet our expectations.
Seeing as cards are the only provided component, there aren't many potential points of failure from a production standpoint. There is always the possibility that manufacturers schedule might become full by the time this campaign is complete, thereby delaying printing.
The game has been designed and playtested and could be printed now. So any challenges related to delivering the game to you should be restricted to production and delivery.
If you have any other questions or concerns about this game, please contact us and we'll do our best to address them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Print & Play tier includes all of Season 1 with any Design-a-Cards but not the Kickstarter card.
Don't worry, when you get the game, it will be in English, with real numbers.
As of now, there are 10 cards in Season 1. But if both "Create-a-Card" backing tiers get bought, that number will increase to 12.
Also, if you buy Season 1 through this campaign, you will receive the Kickstarter Promo card.
With that said, Season 1 will include between 11 and 13 cards in all.
Pledge $5 or more
1 random card (+PDF Rulebook)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $7 or more
Print & Play Season 1 (+PDF Rulebook)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
Season 1 with Kickstarter Card (+PDF Mat & Rulebook)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
2 sets of Season 1, each with Kickstarter Card (+PDF Mat & Rulebook)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
15 backers All gone!
Season 1 with Kickstarter Card (+PDF Mat & Rulebook)
+ Write an Adjective to contribute to the Kickstarter card.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
8 backers Limited (7 left of 15)
Season 1 with Kickstarter Card (+PDF Mat & Rulebook)
+ Write a Noun to contribute to the Kickstarter card.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $45 or more
4 sets of Season 1, each with Kickstarter Card (+PDF Mat & Rulebook)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $60 or more
14 backers Limited (35 left of 49)
Season 1 with LIMITED EDITION (Signed / Numbered) Kickstarter Card (+PDF Mat & Rulebook)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $70 or more
6 sets of Season 1, each with Kickstarter Card (+PDF Mat & Rulebook)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $80 or more
1 Retail Box -- Verified Retailer LevelEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
10 sets of Season 1, each with Kickstarter Card (+PDF Mat & Rulebook)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $140 or more
Organic Cotton Sateen Love Pillowcase and Season 1 with Kickstarter Card (+PDF Mat & Rulebook)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $160 or more
2 Retail Boxes -- Verified Retailer LevelEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $190 or more
1 Duel Dial Kit and Season 1 with Kickstarter Card (+PDF Mat & Rulebook) - You may also add a single Duel Dial kit to any other existing pledge tier for an additional $175.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $240 or more
3 Retail Boxes -- Verified Retailer LevelEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $325 or more
2 Duel Dial Kits and 2 sets of Season 1, each with Kickstarter Card (+PDF Mat & Rulebook) - You may also add a pair of Duel Dial kits to any other existing pledge tier for an additional $300.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $450 or more
3 backers All gone!
Design-a-Card Season 1: Work with Laboratory to create a Shift card that will be included in Season 1 of the game! And of course, you get a copy of Season 1 with Kickstarter Card (+PDF Mat & Rulebook)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $650 or more
0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)
2 Complete Sets of the Game & 2 Duel DialsEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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