Continuing with my project to create a list of great games you can play for free, this post features a variation on the fabulous board game Dixit. In Dixit, or Pixit, players try to describe illustrations on cards to the other players using only a title or phrase. The catch… you don’t want all players guess which card you are describing.
Number of players: 4 – 6
Playing time: 30 minutes
You will need:
- Blank cards
- Pens for each player
- Paper for scoring
At the start of the game, each player takes ten blank cards. On each card, players should draw an illustration. Illustrations can be as realistic or as abstract as the player wants. Feel free to instead use cards that were created in a previous game. When all cards have been finished, deal out six to each player and place the remainder in a face-down deck.
In each round, one player takes the role of the storyteller. The storyteller selects one of their six cards and announces to the other players, a title or phrase to describe that card. Without anyone else seeing, the storyteller places the card they have chosen face-down in the centre of the table.
All other players selects the card from their hand that they feel best matches the description given by the storyteller. These cards are also placed face-down in the centre of the table. The storyteller takes all cards placed in the center or the table (including the one from their hand) shuffles them and lays them out face-up in a line. All players (except the storyteller) chooses the card that they think was placed by the storyteller. This should be done in secret, perhaps by writing down the position of the card in the line. Once all players have chosen a card, the storyteller reveals which was their own card and everyone scores as follows:
- The storyteller receives three points if at least one player chose their card and at least one player didn’t choose their card. Zero points are scored by the storyteller if either all players chose their card, or no player cho0ses their card.
- If all players correctly choose the storyteller’s card, everybody (apart from the storyteller) receives two points. The same happens if no players choose the storyteller’s card. Players (apart from the storyteller) receives three points if they correctly chose the storyteller’s card and at least one other person did not.
- Players (apart from the storyteller) receive one point for each player who chooses the card that they themselves placed.
Once points for the round have been allocated, each player draws a new card from the deck to bring their hand size back up to six. A new player then becomes the storyteller for the next round. When there are no cards left in the deck, the next round played is the last. The player who has the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
- To ensure that all players become the storyteller for one round, have players instead create nine blank card at the beginning in a four player game and eleven blank cards in a six player game.
- As a variation, give each player the opportunity to create one new card during the game, following the announcement of the description by the storyteller.