How to Play Dixit: A Simple Guide for Beginners

How to Play Dixit: A Simple Guide for Beginners

Posted by AC with AI assist on Jun 28th 2024

Dixit is a fun and imaginative card game that sparks creativity and imaginative storytelling. Perfect for family game nights, or just a casual hangout, Dixit is easy to learn and enjoyable for players of all ages with tons of replay value. The goal is to guess which card matches the storyteller's description while trying to deceive other players with your own cards. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to play Dixit.

Dixit Components:

The game box includes a deck of 84 image cards, 6 game pieces, a scoreboard, voting tokens, and a rulebook.

Players: 3 to 6 players, though more can play with expansions.

Dixit Set Up:

1) Set the scoreboard in the center of the table.

2) Each player chooses a rabbit game piece and places it on the "0" space of the scoreboard.

3) Each player receives a set of voting tokens numbered according to the number of players (3 players, 3 tokens each; 4 players, 4 tokens; 5 players, 5 tokens; etc)

4) Shuffle the deck and deal six cards to each player. Players must keep their cards secret.

5) You are now ready to play.

Dixit Game Play:

1) Choose the Storyteller

The first storyteller is the player who last had a dream or you can decide randomly.

The storyteller selects a card from their hand and thinks of a clue to describe it. The clue can be a word, phrase, sound, or anything else.

2) Give the Clue

The storyteller says the clue out loud without showing the card.

3) Select Cards

Each other player selects a card from their hand that best matches the clue and gives it to the storyteller, face down.

4) Shuffle and Reveal

The storyteller shuffles all the chosen cards, including their own, and lays them face up on the table on the numbered spaces on the scoreboard.

5) Vote

Players (except the storyteller) secretly vote for the card they believe is the storyteller’s card by placing the corresponding voting token face down. The voting token number is the location of the card on the scoreboard that the player believed is the Storyteller’s card. Players cannot vote for their own card.

Once everyone has voted, reveal the tokens. The tokens are placed on the card they designate. The Storyteller then reveals his/her card.

6. Scoring

If all players or no players guess the storyteller’s card: The storyteller scores 0 points, and each other player scores 2 points.

If some players guess the storyteller’s card: The storyteller and those who guessed correctly each score 3 points.

Bonus Points: Each player (except the storyteller) scores 1 additional point for every vote their card received.

7. Move the Pieces

Move the game pieces forward on the scoreboard according to the points scored.

8. Draw New Cards

Discard all used cards. Each player draws back up to six cards, and the role of the storyteller passes to the next player clockwise.

9. Winning Dixit

The game continues until someone hits 30 points. If the deck runs out of cards or players decide to stop, the one with the most points on the scoreboard wins.

Tips for Playing Dixit

Be Creative: Use imaginative and indirect clues to make the game more challenging and fun.

Know Your Audience: Tailor your clues to the knowledge and experiences of the other players.

Pay Attention: Notice patterns in how other players give clues and select cards.

Have fun.

Dixit is a delightful game that encourages creativity and storytelling. Its simple rules make it easy to learn, but the depth of play keeps it engaging for everyone. Gather your friends or family, set up the game, pour some drinks, and let your imagination run wild with Dixit!

By following this guide, you’ll be ready to dive into the whimsical world of Dixit. Whether you’re playing for the first time or looking to refresh your memory, this article provides everything you need to enjoy this captivating game.

Note: The best game play is with 4+ players. The instructions have some changes when playing with 3 players.