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Libellud: Dixit Odyssey

November 28, 2011

Publisher Libellud
Genre Party
Number of Players 3 to 12
Play Time 30 min.
Initial Review Date 11/28/11
Last Updated 11/28/11
FAQ
Files/Tools Official Rules
Official 8 Player Variant
Stand Alone Printable Board
Click here to Play

This is an interesting little party game. I’ve been told that Dixit Odyssey includes all of the content of the previous 2 games plus some extras. Since this is the only version of the game I have played I can not say for sure that this is the case. It’s very similar to apples to apples and so if you’ve played that game before you’ll pick this one up quickly.

Gameplay

Each player draws a hand of picture cards. Each picture tends to be somewhat strange and reminiscent of those found in books like where the wild things are and R.L. Stein. One player is picked to be the “storyteller”. That person will then tell a short story or give a description that in some way represents a card they have picked from their hand.

Then, each player will then pick a card in their hand that closely matches the description or story. The goal is to have their picture be the one picked by other players.

Once everyone has picked then the story teller collects the cards, and lays them out next to a numbered track down the middle of the table. Each player then uses a voting card to pick the card they believe is the storyteller’s card.

Each player who correctly guesses the storyteller’s card gets 1 point. The story teller gets 3 points if at least 1 person picks their card and at least 1 other player does not pick their card. Finally, any card that someone voted on that was not the storyteller’s card awards the player who’s card it was 1 point.

In this way, if you can pick a card that will deceive other players into picking your card you can score extra points, while scoring points for picking the storyteller’s card.

Strategy

As the storyteller, you don’t want to be too specific in terms of giving a description of your cards since you want at least 1 player to be able to pick a card close to yours. At the same time, if you make it too obscure that no one picks your card you don’t get any points. Often it is easy to give too much description than not enough. Probably your best strategy is to give something that can have multiple meanings in the hopes that someone can match what you described.

Conclusion

This game is fairly easy to pick up and play but it requires a fair amount of creative thinking. So, you really need the right kind of group to play this game. Also, it’s one that it takes some time to get the hang of, mainly because the first time around you don’t have a good feel for what the other cards in the deck even look like. So it can be hard to come up with a sufficiently universal description.

Certainly, it’s worth a try especially if you like apples to apples or similar games.


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