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Phil Christiansen
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Welcome to the fifteenth installment of Gaming on a Budget, my series of reviews specifically tailored to people with a limited… Oh wait, I’m not doing that this time! Welcome to Voices of Experience 2.0, a whole point better than the first one! This time I will be covering Dixit: Journey, a game I have always studiously avoided reviewing in the past despite how popular it is with my friends and family.

So why avoid a much beloved game like Dixit? Well, the simple fact is this one is extremely hard to nail down the exact nature of its qualities. After all the game is a single very simple mechanic that you repeat until someone has enough points to win. You take turns describing a card while everyone else tries to play a card that resembles that description enough to fool people. There, I pretty much told you the rules.



One of the great qualities of this game is that in a fundamental way it serves as kind of a test of how well you know the people you’re playing with. I remember one game with my parents and brother/sisters where my father made a –VERY- obscure reference to the president of Egypt that I alone was able to puzzle out. Even his wife had no idea what he was talking about. His card was an Arabian themed one and no one else guessed it.

Dixit has what could almost be called a requirement for empathy and understanding of other people. If you can’t put yourself in someone else’s shoes and think as they would to the best of your ability then this will really turn into a guessing game for you. I learned a lot about the way my family thinks and presents clues. My mom for example is very literal. If she says “A forested scene” there will be an actual forest on the card, not a euphemism for something else.



The scoring is remarkably clever as well and provides ideal motivation to keep your clues vague but not too vague. If no one guesses your card from among the choices, you get no points. If everyone guesses your card, you get no points. This lends itself once again to really thinking about how the others around you will interpret clues and where they’re minds will go with things. For example I once had a clue make reference to something only my fiancé would know. I figured she could puzzle it out and guess the right card and my family would all guess wrong. Nope. Zero points for me that time.

Since so much of the content of the game is derived from the people playing it I honestly don’t know if this game will ever manage to grow old. It’s nothing short of amazing how some cards manage to take on a life of their own and achieve almost cult status. There is a card in Journeys that my entire family now refers to as ‘Batcoon’ that no one has EVER managed to score so much as a single point with. As soon as Batcoon shows up in a game giggles ensue.



The appeal of this game can also be seen in the simple fact that I don’t know if I will ever bother getting any other sets for it. Sounds like a weird endorsement right? But think of it this way, it means I don’t really think I need more cards. So much of the content is derived from the playing that while more cards would be neat I don’t feel I’m lacking by not having them. And I am a compulsive collector. My fiancé does disagree slightly on that point in that she wants more Dixit cards on account of how pretty they are.

Oh, did I not mention the art yet? Weird, since this is on the surface a game of pretty pictures. Ok well the art is utterly stupendous in this game. My biggest piece of advice though is NOT to look through the cards before you start playing. That way each time you get new ones in your hand you get a new experience and all new ideas and impressions. Having house favorites like Batcoon is awesome, but don’t rob yourself of the initial moments of joy as you discover each card in turn.



Now keep in mind that as much as I love it this game is not for everyone. If you can’t stand lighter fare, prefer the serious to the whimsical, or hate happy forest critters with a fiery passion then avoid this game at all cost. But Journeys gives me a priceless gift every time I open it. I get to see my family truly engage with a game not just go through the motions to make me happy. Dixit has created in part a blossoming love of gaming within my family and makes me dream that someday I will sit down with my Lawyer father and R.N. mother and play Mage Knight

…it could happen, right?

Quality: High. Nice thick cards that don’t show any wear after 4634636 plays. Good quality board with rules reminders printed on it. Only the Sorry piece scoring markers kept it from a very high.

Learning Curve: Very Low. I kinda wish I had a rating lower than that. You can learn this game in a literal minute depending on your reading speed.

Strategy/Depth: ?. Not even sure how to apply that here heh.

Theme: ?. This game may not have a theme. Or it may have the best theme ever. Again I’m not sure.

Gameplay: Very High. Simple and engaging without getting repetitive and annoying.

Replay: I really wish my keyboard had a key for the Mobius Strip.

After chasing a Batcoon through an enchanted forest full of elephants and statues you emerge into the light of day to find…



Overall Score: 9/10
Budget Rank: Buy It!






I don’t know that I will ever be entirely sure on what makes this game great. Maybe mankind wasn’t meant to know. But at $20ish plus or minus this one is really worth giving a shot. Now if you will excuse me I am going to go see if I have that super power that lets you climb into pictures and explore the world. Smacking myself in the face repeatedly with the cards should work right?

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Great review, very succinct.
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I've bought Dixit, Dixit Quest, and Dixit Odyssey. Unsure if I'll ever get Journey, but my copy of Dixit base set (the other two were just cards) came with rabbit scoring markers. And the insert has enough room for 4 decks so if I ever get Journey, it'll happily fit in there

It is indeed a great game. My only qualm is that it really doesn't play well with three players and it would have been perfect to pull out today if it did
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For details on the contest see this thread:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/997936/voice-of-experience-2...
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I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
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Moe45673 wrote:
I've bought Dixit, Dixit Quest, and Dixit Odyssey. Unsure if I'll ever get Journey, but my copy of Dixit base set (the other two were just cards) came with rabbit scoring markers. And the insert has enough room for 4 decks so if I ever get Journey, it'll happily fit in there

It is indeed a great game. My only qualm is that it really doesn't play well with three players and it would have been perfect to pull out today if it did


Rabbit scoring markers? Ok maybe I do need the base set
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Here's the latest Dixit base game's insert. You can see the bunnies

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Since the review is about Dixit Journey and not about Dixit I would have loved to hear about the differences. Are the any new rules or variants?
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I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
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I've never played plain Dixit, sorry. But as I understand it the art on the cards is the main difference.
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SomewhatDamaged wrote:
I've never played plain Dixit, sorry. But as I understand it the art on the cards is the main difference.


That's waht I would guess from the pics, too.
 
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I really prefer the art on the Journey cards to Dixit, Quest, or Odyssey.

The Marie Cardouat cards look like they were scanned from a canvas painting - you can see the horizontal canvas lines. The Journey cards are by a different artist and they look very high-resolution and crisp, and add a lot to the whimsical, fantastical artwork.
 
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