Game Length: 30 minutes
Best enjoyed: With 5 or more players in a social setting, whether or not they are boardgamers!
Dixit is a card game played with evocative fairytale-styled art, where the players take turns telling a story about their card It was the winner of the 2010 Spiel des Jahres, the prestigious German board game prize.
In Dixit, players will take turns being the Storyteller. Each turn, the Storyteller will choose a card from her hand and ‘tell a story’ about it, then place it face down on the table. This can be as long or short as the Storyteller wants, but is typically a word or phrase. Each player then contributes a card face down from their hand that they believe fits that clue. The Storyteller shuffles these contributions and turns them face up, then each player must try to guess the Storyteller’s card
The Storyteller must be careful about her clue – if she is too vague, and nobody picks hers, she will not gain any points. However, she won’t gain any points either if she is too specific, and everyone picks hers. The other players will gain points for guessing correctly and for having other players guess that their own contribution is correct.
Dixit is an excellent game to introduce to non-boardgamers, as it is extremely easy to teach – just deal each player a hand of cards and take the lead as the Storyteller. It works well with close friends who have a shared background, and also works between looser acquaintances at a party as an icebreaker.
If the clue was ‘Do No Harm’, which would you think was correct?
If you play repeatedly with the same group of friends, the game can get quite strategic and cutthroat, as Storytellers target their clues at specific players to prevent the lead player from gaining points. This mode of play can be alienating to newcomers, however, so only play this way among close friends.
There are a number of versions of Dixit available. If you want to play with up to 12 players, Dixit: Odyssey is recommended – this option works best at parties. Play with larger groups can be improvised by adding playing pieces if Dixit: Odyssey isn’t on hand though. If you play the game a lot, it’s also recommended to get one of the expansions that add extra cards. This prevents the deck from running out in a 6-or-more player game, and adds variety to the cards.
Dixit comes highly recommended as a light social game. It only takes about a minute to learn and the quirky art has universal appeal, so you’ll be able to play it with children and non-gamers alike.