Dixit (card game)

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Dixit
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Old box cover of Dixit
Designer(s)Jean-Louis Roubira
Publisher(s)Libellud
Players3 to 6
Playing time30 minutes

Dixit is a card game created by Jean-Louis Roubira, illustrated by Marie Cardouat, 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 card the "storyteller" selected. The game was introduced in 2008. Dixit won the 2010 Spiel des Jahres award.[1]

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

Scoring[edit]

If all players find the story teller's card

  • Story teller: 0 points
  • Other players: 2 points

If no players find the story teller's card

  • Story teller: 0 points
  • Other players: 2 points (+1 bonus point per vote for his/her card)

If at least 1 player, but not all players have found the story teller's card

  • Story teller: 3 points
  • Players who found the card: 3 points (+1 bonus point per vote for his/her card)
  • Other players: 0 points
    • In updated scoring, the other players receive +1 bonus point per vote for his/her card

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).

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The game ends when a player reaches the end of the board (30 points).

Other editions[edit]

An iOS app for Dixit was released in 2011.[2]

Dixit has several expansion packs including:[3]

  • Dixit Odyssey (standalone game)
  • Dixit 2 Quest
  • Dixit 3 Journey
  • Dixit 4 Origins
  • Dixit 5 Daydreams
  • Dixit 6 Memories
  • Dixit 7 Revelations
  • Dixit 8 Harmonies
  • Dixit 10th Anniversary

Reception[edit]

Dixit has received highly positive reviews and over 30 awards and nominations.[4] BGL described it as a card game that 'allows creativity and imagination to run riot'[5], whereas Shut Up & Sit Down referred to it 'one of those very special game ideas that makes the most of the human brain while also keeping its rules to a minimum'.[6] Father Geek noted that Dixit is ' one of those rare games that can be played with a mixed age and skill group with little to no difficulty'.[7]

Awards[edit]

  • 2009 As d'Or – Jeu de l'Année Winner[8]
  • 2009 Juego del Año Winner[9]
  • 2009 Lys Grand Public Winner[10]
  • 2010 Games Magazine Best New Party Game of the Year Award Winner[11]
  • 2010 Spiel Des Jahres Winner[12]
  • 2010 Vuoden Peli Family Game of the Year Winner[13]
  • 2010 Hungarian Board Game Award Winner[14]
  • 2010 Hra roku Winner[15]
  • 2011 Ludoteca Ideale Official Selection Winner[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Godbolt, Nickolas (2014-10-05). A Beginners Guide to Dixit (Volume 1). MicJames. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  2. ^ "iDixit on the App Store on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  3. ^ List of Libellud's games Retrieved 2014-01-02
  4. ^ "Dixit". BoardGameGeek. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  5. ^ "Best Party Board Games (Reviewed Feb 19.) - BGL's Top 10". Board Games Land. 2019-01-30. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  6. ^ "Review: Dixit". Shut Up & Sit Down. 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  7. ^ Cyrus | (2011-03-10). "Dixit Game Review". Father Geek. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. ^ 2009 As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année Winners Archived April 14, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ 2009 Juego del Año Winner
  10. ^ 2009 Les Trois Lys Award Winners
  11. ^ 2010 Games Magazine Award Winners Archived 2015-12-20 at WebCite
  12. ^ 2010 Spiel Des Jahres Nominees and winners
  13. ^ "Top 10 (2010)". Lautapelit.fi. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  14. ^ "Hungarian Board Game Award 2010 | RPGGeek". rpggeek.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  15. ^ "Hra roku". www.hraroku.cz. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  16. ^ "Ludoteca ideale 2011". hobbygiochi.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.

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