Paul Grogan said:
You need to re-read the rules I'm afraid. There are 2 parts you've missed.
You can get a discount on cards played if it matches the current plot. You could instead increase its cost by 1.
You can get a discount on cards played for each card you discard at the time you play it.
Hope that helps.
I was considering the modification rule as well, but that still wouldn't work for any card with a dark/light shift of 6.
What I've done to combat the 6 shift cards is instead of using the 5 spaces on the card as the only spaces available I've been using the two pictures on the end as additional spaces. (i.e. the "ideal" picture of Louis counts as fully light-shifted while the "at his lowest point" picture is fully dark-shifted). That way, if you're fully light shifted you can use a card and just move to the other picture. It's not too big of a deal.
That's not what should be done. The track really only has 5 spaces, for a maximum shift with the counter of 4. If you want to pay for cards of a higher value, you discard cards in your hand and get one extra shift point per card. This is gut-wrenching for me since you have to lose good cards to pay for better cards.
If the color of your card matches the current character plot of the character, then you can get +1 or -1 shift points. Why would you want to increase your shift cost? To set up a larger pendulum swing the other way next time.