Dixit (card game)

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Old box cover of Dixit
DesignersJean-Louis Roubira
Publication2008; 14 years ago (2008)
Players3 to 6
Playing time30 minutes

Dixit (Latin: dixit, Latin pronunciation: [ˈdiːksit], "he/she/it said"), is a French 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]


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, who looks at the six images in their hand. From one of these, the storyteller makes up a sentence or phrase that might describe it and says it out loud, without showing the card to the other players.[2] The storyteller's aim is to provide a description that is ambiguous enough that not all other players will recognize the card from their description, yet relevant enough that some will.[3]

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. The storyteller scores points if some, but not all, players guess correctly; the other players score points individually for having correctly guessed the storyteller's card, or if another player or players select the card they originally gave to the storyteller. No player can vote for his or her own card.


Scoring according to Dixit revised rules

The original rules were revised after publication.[4]

If all players find the storyteller's card

  • Storyteller: 0 points
  • Other players: 2 points

If no players find the storyteller's card

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

If only one player, but no other players, have found the storyteller's card

  • Storyteller: 3 points
  • Players who found the card: 3 points (+1 bonus point per vote for his/her own card)
  • Other players: 0 points (+1 bonus point per vote for his/her own card)
    • In the original rules, players who did not find the storyteller's card were ineligible for bonus points. In the revised rules, the other players receive +1 bonus point per vote for his/her own card.

In the original rules, the winner is the first player to reach 30 points. In the revised rules, the winner is the player with the most points when the last card is drawn.

Other editions[edit]

An iOS app for Dixit was released in 2011.[5]

Dixit has several expansion packs including:[6]

  • Dixit Odyssey (standalone game for 12 players[7])
  • Dixit Odyssey (expansion for Dixit. Not to be confused with standalone)
  • Dixit Classic (the first Dixit game)
  • Dixit 2 Quest
  • Dixit 3 Journey
  • Dixit 4 Origins
  • Dixit 5 Daydreams
  • Dixit 6 Memories
  • Dixit 7 Revelations
  • Dixit 8 Harmonies
  • Dixit 9 - 10th Anniversary
  • Dixit 10 Mirrors


Dixit has received highly positive reviews and over 30 awards and nominations.[8] BGL described it as a card game that "allows creativity and imagination to run riot",[9] while 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".[3] 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".[10] The Dixit expansions have also been well received by critics.[11]


Jean-Louis Roubira, designer of the game Dixit.
  • 2009 As d'Or – Jeu de l'Année Winner[12]
  • 2009 Juego del Año Winner[13]
  • 2009 Lys Grand Public Winner[14]
  • 2010 Games Magazine Best New Party Game of the Year Award Winner[15]
  • 2010 Spiel Des Jahres Winner[16]
  • 2010 Vuoden Peli Family Game of the Year Winner[17]
  • 2010 Hungarian Board Game Award Winner[18]
  • 2010 Hra roku Winner[19]
  • 2011 Ludoteca Ideale Official Selection Winner[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Godbolt, Nickolas (2014-10-05). A Beginners Guide to Dixit (Volume 1). MicJames. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  2. ^ Perling, Anna; Austin, James (9 December 2019). "The best beginner board games for adults". The Wirecutter. The New York Times. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Review: Dixit". Shut Up & Sit Down. 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  4. ^ "Official Dixit Board Game Rules". officialgamerules.
  5. ^ "iDixit on the App Store on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  6. ^ List of Libellud's games Retrieved 2019-11-22
  7. ^ Dixit Odyssey Retrieved 2019-11-22
  8. ^ "Dixit". BoardGameGeek. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  9. ^ "Best Party Board Games (Reviewed Feb 19.) - BGL's Top 10". Board Games Land. 2019-01-30. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  10. ^ Cyrus | (2011-03-10). "Dixit Game Review". Father Geek. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  11. ^ "Dixit expansions reviewed". Board Game Theories. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  12. ^ 2009 As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année Winners Archived April 14, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Premio JdA 2009: Dixit – Premio JdA".
  14. ^ "2009 Les Trois Lys Award Winners". Archived from the original on 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  15. ^ 2010 Games Magazine Award Winners Archived 2015-12-19 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Spiel des Jahres e.V. -". www.spiel-des-jahres.com.
  17. ^ "Top 10 (2010)". Lautapelit.fi. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  18. ^ "Hungarian Board Game Award 2010 | RPGGeek". rpggeek.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  19. ^ "Hra roku". www.hraroku.cz. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  20. ^ "Ludoteca ideale 2011". hobbygiochi.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.

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