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Dixit, Dixit 2 and Dixit Odyssey!

Posted by admin On September - 27 - 2011

Length: 30 mins
Actual Length: 45- 60 mins
Age: 8+
Actual Age: Best with 10+
Players: 3-12

You’re staring at a handful of beautiful cards that could be pieces of art; upon further investigation, some are a bit weird…but get your mind back on track, you have a story to come up with! This “story” could be anything from a word, to a few lines, to the song you heard on pandora last night. Anything that inspires you about that particular card. You finally settle upon a card. Your story is “Well! That’s not gonna last!!!” Just a short simple phrase that, you feel, depicts the card perfectly.

The other players throw down a card on top of yours and you shuffle them up and flip them over.

“Really???? How could everyone have a card that fit so perfectly!??” But now you must wait.

Everyone except you gets to vote. This is done secretly. Once everyone is finished, the results are in! Only one person picked your card (which was the second card on the top right).  But you only needed that one vote to get points.

Points are tallied and everyone draws a new card and now it’s player 2′s turn.

They begin humming. And they are quite the terrible hummer! You think to yourself…  ”gosh.. what is it??!!?…..Ah yes! Elton John’s candle in the wind!” So you begin reciting the lyrics in your head -

And it seems to me you lived your life, like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Then you shuffle through your cards to pick one that fits in with their “story” – and you have the perfect card!

 You and the other two non-storytellers place your cards with the storytellers. The Story teller shuffles them up and flips them over.

All pretty good cards but you can definitely narrow it down a bit, obviously, its not yours, so you have a one in three shot. Everyone votes secretly, votes are revealed, it was card #1! Sweet! You picked the correct card AND the other two players chose yours so you threw them off and now you receive more points than the storyteller that round!!!

And that’s Dixit.

Everyone takes turns as the story teller trying to describe a card using words, sentences, movie lines, or anything that inspires you about that particular card. Then the rest of the players look at their hand and also try to pick a card from their hand that fits the “story” you just told.

Then you sit back and hope at least one person votes for your card. Your story can’t be too obvious that everyone picks your card (resulting in zero points) but not too subtle, where someone puts out a card that fits your story so much better that no one picks your card (also resulting in no points).

The only rules are: no one can vote on their own card, and the storyteller doesn’t get to vote during their turn as storyteller.

You win by getting to 30 points first. Ponts are distributed differently according to the number of players. But basically if everyone or no-one votes on the storytellers card, then no points are distributed. If at least one person votes on the storytellers image then scoring proceeds, the storyteller gets points, the people who picked the storytellers card gets points, along with the players who had their card voted for but were not the storyteller that round.

Final thoughts: Many people who play this compare it to apples to apples. To which I say is like comparing apples to oranges, or more like nuns to hookers. In apples to apples you have only ONE, very subjective judge. Lets say their word is “delightful” and they pick ‘warts’ just to be funny. Obviously, Frank Sinatra, musicals or even jelly beans are far more delightful than warts! But you aren’t the judge so your opinion doesn’t matter. Well in Dixit, you are the judge, most of the time, and when you aren’t the judge, you are creatively coming up with a story!

If one needs to compare, then I would say apples to apples is a fun party game for non-gamers and Dixit is a party game for gamers.

Final Final thoughts:

Quality: 5/5,
Fun: 4.5/5
Substance: 4/5
Re-playability: 5/5 (based on expansions)