This month’s game was Dixit and I was actually pretty excited to play this as I’d played it once before. The game is made with beautiful illustrated cards and that alone sells the game to me.
This particular version of Dixit is very self-contained. When you take the lid off the box, you can already see that the board game is almost built into the box. The middle contains the cards and tokens so its all just there for you.
To begin with, each player picks a colour. This gives you a rabbit moving piece and then 6 number tokens (numbered 1-6). The cards are shuffled and 6 are dealt to each player. On each round, one player is the storyteller. They pick a card from their hand and place it facedown, using one word or phrase to describe the card. This is something you have to think carefully about as you can’t be overly specific but you can’t be so vague that no one will be able to guess the card either.
Once the storyteller has placed the card down, the other players must pick a card from their hand which they think could also be described the same way as the storyteller’s card. They place this face down with the storyteller’s card. These cards are shuffled and laid out in a line. They take on a card position – for example 1-6 in a row (there were 1-5 in the game we played).
Each player, who is not the storyteller, now has to guess which card belongs to the storyteller. You do that with your numbered token cards, picking the number card you believe is correct and placing it face down as your vote. Once everyone has made a choice, these cards are revealed and you see who has picked which card. If everyone or no-one picks the storyteller’s card, then they don’t score any points. This is why the clue is important as you need some people to guess it, but not so easy that everyone does. Everyone’s who guesses correctly scores 3 points, so long as not everyone or no-one, this includes the storyteller too. Players also score 2 points if their misleading card has been picked. The rabbit tokens are moved around the board/box edge as the points are won. For the next round, cards are drawn to replace the ones used in the last round and then the next person around becomes the storyteller and you play again. The game is won by whoever has the highest points, once all the cards in the draw pile are gone.
As my partner was out, the girls and I played as just the three of us. To combat the game being too easy with three, the players have to play two cards each round instead of one, making the total five cards to choose from. However we found this was tricky in another way so we would definitely like to replay as a four. All of us appreciated the beautiful drawings and the simplicity of play. My youngest struggled to pick words and phrases that suited her cards, but otherwise enjoyed the game. For anyone who has played Fibbage, I would definitely liken this game to that. I think its a great family game but probably not suitable for young children unless they have help.