Friday, October 15, 2010

Review: Dixit

Dixit is a visually stunning board/card game. The game had been recommended to my gaming group before PAX, but we hadn't had a chance to try it out until recently.

Dixit is for 3-6 players age 8 and up and an average game takes about 30 minutes.

Each turn a player is the Storyteller - they look at the six cards in their hand and come up with a one or more word sentence to describe the card they've chosen. Telling the other players the sentence, the other players then look through the six cards in their hands and choose one that best matches what the Storyteller described. The Storyteller then takes the cards, shuffles them face down and turns them face up on the table. The other players then use a numbered token to choose which card they think was described by the Storyteller.


If everyone or no one chooses the Storyteller's card then the Storyteller gains no points that turn and everyone else scores 2 points. Otherwise, the Storyteller and anyone who chose the correct card scores 3. Players score 1 point each time their card is chosen by another player. Points are tracked on a board by moving coloured rabbits along a marked trail.

The mechanics of the game are simple, but after playing a few rounds we discovered there is a skill you need to develop for this game. You don't want to be too obvious or too vague when describing your card, or you will get no points for that turn (this happened to me a lot!).

I highly recommend this game; it has great re-playability and really gets your imagination going!

3 comments:

  1. I love Dixit-but during our last game my fellow players gave me a raised eyebrow when my sentence was "she knew she was finally where she belonged" and the card showed a picture of a lacey bassinette sitting innocently on the floor of the scariest forest you've ever seen.

    Great game!

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  2. The game seems like a more serious version of Apples to Apples, I wonder how doing penalty shots will affect the sentences.

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  3. hmm, I hadn't considered a Dixit drinking game! We had a hard enough time sober :-)

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