Dixit (card game)
|Players||3 to 6|
|Playing time||30 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.
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. 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.
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.
The original rules were revised after publication.
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.
An iOS app for Dixit was released in 2011.
Dixit has several expansion packs including:
- Dixit Odyssey (standalone game for 12 players)
- 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. BGL described it as a card game that "allows creativity and imagination to run riot", 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". 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". The Dixit expansions have also been well received by critics.
- 2009 As d'Or – Jeu de l'Année Winner
- 2009 Juego del Año Winner
- 2009 Lys Grand Public Winner
- 2010 Games Magazine Best New Party Game of the Year Award Winner
- 2010 Spiel Des Jahres Winner
- 2010 Vuoden Peli Family Game of the Year Winner
- 2010 Hungarian Board Game Award Winner
- 2010 Hra roku Winner
- 2011 Ludoteca Ideale Official Selection Winner
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