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Good card/board game that breaks away from traditional games.
on 11 November 2015
Dixit is interesting, its simple and quick to follow but has a creative touch that lets you break away from traditional rules. The best way to describe Dixit is to say its a visual description game, you have a certain amount of cards in your hand with beautifully drawn pictures, you simply choose and describe a card without showing anyone in such a way that only some people get it.
You can be as descriptive as you want or as cryptic as you want. you place it face down and everyone else chooses a card in their hand that they think best fits the description, you all put your choices down and shuffle them, one by one you turn the cards over, then its time to guess. Everyone except the person who made the initial description guesses which is your card, if everyone gets it then you get no points, same if no one gets it, so the art is in finding a balance, you want to describe it just enough to be picked but without the whole group guessing.
So for example, I had a picture of a bunny astronaut on the moon, my description was "where no man had been before". The variety of cards means that others can match the description to their cards fairly well at times, other times it can be obvious so you need to take into account the way of players thinking sometimes.
Good fun game and will be introducing it to the list of Christmas board games with the family, I wasn't to keen playing it with only 3 players, the game has more strength with more players, with three players you have a 50% chance of guessing right (since one card is yours so you are guessing only out of two cards) so much more fun to be had with a wider selection of cards to guess.
I found myself adding a fake player just to buff it out a bit, so each time we had to guess we drew an extra card and shuffled it in, but this obviously had mixed results as the card could be anything and not match the description at all, just make sure you have a larger amount of players and you don't need to worry about this. I would say 4 players minimum, but even then try to max it out, the more the better.
Otherwise great little game, mine came in French for some reason but you can grab the rules on line in English since its a visual game not much of a problem there. The only reason it didn't get more stars is because I found that after one game, its enough, once you cycle the cards it becomes a little stale to have to see the same cards come up and then to have to think up a different description for these same cards, So I think after you play its best put away for some time before you bring it back out again. This can be helped with the expansion cards but otherwise I can see the game becoming quite repetitive.