The link above is a couple of photos I took of the 4th adventure path (Fortress of the Stone Giants) for Rise of the Runelords. I bought the expansion today at my lgs. Straight from the start I noticed that the package was different; opening up from the top of the box instead of from the side.
When I mixed the cards together with the rest of the box I noticed a VERY distinctive change in color. The 4th set is much darker. I didn't think that was too huge of a deal as some of the other expansions had some slight color change from the box set cards. It hasn't affected too much of my game play as some of the darker colors were from the character add-on expansion, which has a bit of duplicates to the box set and I was able to trick my mind enough to not know what set the card might be from when I encountered them.
Then I realized that the cards are noticeably taller than all the other cards. It's become impossible for me to not notice when a new card is being placed into a location. It's also very difficult to shuffle now, since my hands slip through all the old cards to reach the taller new ones.
I'm wondering if I purchased a different edition since the package opens up differently. Either way, if that's the case, then there's no way that I could have known ahead of time that the cards would not match.
Is there something I can do about this? I'm pretty new to this game but have become absolutely addicted to it. I really love the mechanics and who doesn't love chucking a bunch of dice?! This new development gnaws at me, though. If I can easily predict that the next encounter will be harder than the other cards it kind of takes some of the random magic out of the game.
I hope you folks can help me so I can get back to beating up monsters and acquiring those oh-so-precious boons.