TABLE GAME REVIEW: Dixit

dixit_2This week on GS TABLE GAMES we try our hand at one of the biggest selling games of the last few years that challenges the imagination. Dixit is the card/board game that tells a thousand stories.

Dixit is one of those games that you might have heard about but never tried because you thought it might not be up your street. I was firmly in this category till I saw it played on Geek and Sundry’s Table Top show and my mind started to wonder.

Every picture tells a story – but what story will your picture tell?

Dixit is the lovingly illustrated game of creative guesswork, where your imagination unlocks the tale. In this award-winning board game, players will use the beautiful imagery on their cards to bluff their opponents and guess which image matches the story. Guessing right is only half the battle – to really succeed, you’ll have to get your friends to decide that your card tells the story!

Dixit is a wonderfully simple game, playable by nearly anyone with whom you share a common language. With a fantastic range of beautiful illustrations and rules that can be understood by children and adults alike, Dixit will appeal to anyone with an imagination. It’s no surprise that Dixit won the Spiel de Jahres award for game design in 2010. It is brilliant and simple, beautiful and imaginative, and fun for all.

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When the game arrived I quickly opened it up and read the instructions which took all of twenty minutes. The set up was simple and took about two minutes before I explained the rules to the other players. Within two rounds everyone had understood and were playing the game like professionals!

How the games works is like this. You have a scoreboard that is actually the bottom part of the game box that has thirty point spaces. You need to move your cute little rabbit along the track by winning points in the rounds.

Every player get six cards to create their hand. These cards have lots of varied and creative images on them with enough themes to crossover with a good portion of the other cards in the game. By this I mean that if one card looks like it is a dream then there could be another 10 cards that could also describe as a dream and this is exactly the point of the game.

The player whose turn it is looks through his hand of six cards and chooses one to play. They will be known as the storyteller player. What he has to do is come up with a phrase or word or a sound to explain his/her card. However he does not want everyone to guess his card and this is where the fun comes in. The storyteller lays his card faced down so no one can see it and says his phrase / word. The other players look through their hand to find a card that could also describe this word / phrase and they don’t say anything but also place their card face down. The storyteller then shuffles the cards on the table still faced down and then places them face up one at a time.

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As you lay the cards down they are numbered as the first one being 1 and so on. Once all the cards have been laid out all the players, apart from the player who choose the card first and said the theme or word, take a look at the cards and have to place a vote as to which they think is the first players card.

So if there were four players and four cards face up the other three players will need to decide which one is the chosen card. They know it is not theirs so they know it must be one of the remaining three cards but which one. Now here is where we gain points to win the game.

The storyteller player needs some of the players to guess his card because if one or more guesses correctly he/she gains three points to move along the score board. If all the other players guess his card the storyteller gets nothing so they need to make it vague enough for people to maybe guess but also so that other players will have cards that could also fit the word or phrase.

The other players also gain points in the same round. If they all guess correct as detailed above the storyteller gets nothing but all the players get two points each. If only a few players guess the correct image the storyteller gets three points but so do the players who guess correct. Now if anyone places a token on an image that is not the storytellers one the owner of the card gets one point.

So you really do need to be careful as the storyteller to choose wisely but as the other players you also need to pick cards that other people could choose as well.

Once all the points have been awarded and the players move their rabbits along the score board then the cards in play are discarded and everyone takes a new card to replenish their hand back to six cards and then next player becomes the storyteller. The first one to make it to thirty wins the game.

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Once you play a few rounds I guarantee everyone will be playing at their best. The scoring might seem confusing at first but quickly settles down.

The artwork on the cards  are stunning also thought provoking given the many themes and ideas that can be drawn out of each of the eighty four pictures. After about five games you start to get used to what cards there are so this helps you choose your word or phrase for your card as you know what other cards there might be in the other players hands.

The game is a lot of fun and gets the imagination running wild which means it’s  perfect to play at a party or with the family.  The game only takes about thirty minutes to play which means multiple games can be played through in a short space of time.

Dixit has won several awards for obvious since its release in 2008 and after having plait I can see why. In the time since the game release  there have been numerous editions and expansions published but I would suggest starting with this first and original game. There will always be time later to explore the expansions and seek to add more sets of cards with which to play with.

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For what you get in the box and the unlimited replay-ability Dixit  is a must have board/card game for everyone to have on their shelf. It is perfect for anyone older than 8 and  allows 3 – 6 players to join in the fun.

In the box you get one scoreboard, 84 image cards, 36 voting tokens in 6 different colours, numbered 1 to 6 and 6 game pieces in 6 different colours.

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Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Montoya
Source: Dixit

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