Pictures Worth 1,000 Words: A Dixit Review

15 01 2013

dixitBy Firestone

Dixit is a little game that came out in 2008. Since its release we’ve seen half-a-dozen sequels, expansions, offshoots, and weird siblings—and with good reason: It’s a clever, fun game for a crowd.

There are numerous versions floating around out there, but for now, each of them plays basically the same. The box is full of cards with whimsical and interesting pictures on them. It’s not really possible to describe what’s on the cards, but that’s kind of the point. Each person has a hand of these cards. Each person in turn order is the Start Player; they choose a card from in hand, say a phrase or word that describes what’s on the card, and place the card face down. The phrase/word can be as literal, obvious, or abstruse as you want. Then every other player chooses a card from their hand that they feel that word/phrase could describe—because they’re trying to steal votes and points from the active player.

rushmoreEveryone secretly votes on which card they think is the Active Player’s card, then you reveal which one is the right card, and score. If everyone guesses the Active Player’s card, they all get two points and the active player gets none. If no one picks the Active Player’s card, everyone else gets two points (plus another point for each vote on the card they put down) and again, the Active Player gets none. If at least one person picks the Active Player’s card, the Active Player gets three points, every person who chose the correct card get three points, and each person gets a point for any votes on the card they put down. So as you can see, you want to choose a word or phrase that’s not too obvious, but not too esoteric, either. It’s an interesting challenge.

<——– Let’s take this picture on the left. You wouldn’t want to say, “Rushmore” as a clue. Everyone would pick correctly and they’d all gain two points on you. You probably wouldn’t want to say Chevy either, thinking “Chevy used to have commercials where they sang ‘Like a rock,’ and Rushmore’s made out of rock, so…” But maybe something like, “The eyes have it…” It might just be middle-of-the-road enough to get some-but-not-all of the votes. Plus if someone else has a card with eyes on it, that helps you even more. The first player to 30 points wins.

You can find Dixit: Journey at your local Target. Consider picking this up for a fun, creative family, youth group, or party game.

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