Dixit (card game)

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Dixit
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Box cover of Dixit
Designer(s) Jean-Louis Roubira
Publisher(s) Libellud
Players 3 to 6
Age range 8 and up
Playing time 30 minutes

Dixit is a card game created by Jean-Louis Roubira, and published by Libellud. Using a deck of cards illustrated with dreamlike images, players select cards that match a title suggested by the "storyteller", and attempt to guess which player selected which card. Dixit won the 2010 Spiel des Jahres award.

The game's title is the Latin word for "he/she said".

Gameplay[edit]

A game of Dixit in progress. Six cards have been dealt out and voted on, and the storyteller is indicating which story belonged to them. To the right, scores are tracked by rabbit-shaped tokens on a scoring track.

Each player starts the game with six random cards. Players then take turns being the storyteller. The player whose turn it is to be storyteller looks at the six images in his or her hand. From one of these, he or she makes up a sentence or phrase that might describe it and says it out loud (without showing the card to the other players).

Each other player then selects from among their own six cards the one that best matches the sentence given by the storyteller. Then, each player gives their selected card to the storyteller, without showing it to the others. The storyteller shuffles his or her chosen card with the cards received from the other players, and all cards are then dealt face up. The players (except for the storyteller) then secretly guess which picture was the storyteller's, using numbered voting chips.

If nobody or everybody finds the correct picture, the storyteller scores 0, and each of the other players scores 2. Otherwise the storyteller and all players who found the correct answer score 3. Players other than the storyteller score 1 point for each vote their own pictures receive.

A large part of the skill of the game comes from being able, when acting as the storyteller, to offer a title which is neither too obscure (such that no other player can identify it) nor too obvious (such that every player is able to guess it).

The game ends when the card deck is empty. The player with the highest point total wins the game.

Expansions[edit]

  • Dixit 2 published by Libellud (also known as Dixit Quest published by Asmodee)
  • Dixit Odyssey published by Asmodee (publisher Libellud sells "Dixit O.D.Y.S.S.E.Y" as a standalone game that expands on the original by introducing components that increase the player capacity from 6 to 12)
  • Dixit 3 published by Libellud (also known as Dixit 4: Journey published by Asmodee, but Asmodee sells it as a standalone game and not as a simple deck expansion)
  • Dixit 4 published by Libellud (also known as Dixit Origins published by Asmodee)
  • Eight promotional cards (The Cowboy, The Gift, The Bunny, The Flying Carpet, The Earth, The Harp, The Dragon, and The Dream Machine)

In total there are 428 published cards. Every deck has 84 cards, plus the 8 promotional cards.

An iOS app for Dixit was released in 2011.[1]

Awards[edit]

  • 2009 Golden Ace, French Game of the Year Winner
  • 2009 JdA 2009 - Juego de mesa del Año 2009 en España, Spanish Game of the Year
  • 2009 Les 3 Lys, General Audience Winner
  • 2009 Games 100, Best Party Games
  • 2009 Tric Trac de Bronze Winner.
  • 2009 AbreOJogo Gateway Game of the Year, Winner
  • 2009 Premio del Público al Juego del Festival Córdoba (Audience Award), Winner
  • 2009 Joker 2009 catégorie "familles", Winner
  • 2010 Gra Roku, Polish Game of the Year Nomination
  • 2010 Spiel des Jahres, German Game of the Year, Winner.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iDixit on the App Store on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 

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