It’s been awhile but I’m bringing back Tabletop Thursdays because I discovered some games I’d like to talk about. Last Saturday was a dear friend’s birthday and the theme was video and board games. The theme was executed perfectly with the party room in his condo decorated with various Super Mario decorations. The N64 was hooked up to the big screen and various board games were set up on tables. There was Takenoko, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, but we wanted to discover a new game. Luckily, we met Jeremy, who brought Dixit Journey with him.
Jeremy sold it to us by describing it as “Reverse Pictionary”. I was very intrigued. If you’ve read my other Tabletop Thursdays, you’d know that the best way to learn new board games is through Wil Wheaton. So here’s how Dixit works:
That episode of Tabletop is one of the funniest ones ever. But if you don’t have time to watch the video, basically every player gets 6 cards with gorgeous images on them. Each player takes turns to become the storyteller. The storyteller chooses a card from their hand and puts it facedown. Then he or she says a word, a phrase, a sound effect, or a song, (use your imagination) that best describes that image. Every other player puts down a card that they think matches that description. The storyteller then shuffles all the cards and the pictures are shown face up and every player has to bet upon which picture was the storyteller’s. If nobody or everybody finds the correct card, the storyteller scores 0, and each of the other players scores 2. Otherwise the storyteller and whoever found the correct answer score 3. Players score 1 point for every vote for their own card.
WE. LOVED. THIS. GAME. It’s awesome. It’s the perfect party game. First of all, you can play up to six players, which is not the case for most Euro games. Second, it’s so easy to explain the rules. But most of all, it’s just so fun. From trying to come up with clever-but-not-too-clever clues to guessing what kind of storyteller your friends are (are they literal? do they use super vague references?) to putting down that perfect card to go with the storyteller’s description to steal some points for the win. The version we played isn’t the original Dixit from the video but a variation called Journey, which just means it has different cards.
We only played one round so we didn’t get to see what it would be like to play again with cards that we might’ve already seen before but there’s enough cards for multiple plays. Or, you just need to use your imagination better. I’m very excited to introduce this game to our other friends and see what they think.