This is going to be one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever had to write. Not because the subject matter is controversial, not because it’s an epic game with a million rules, not even because I’m torn in my verdict. But simply because. . . it’s a box full of expansion art cards for Dixit, what exactly can you say about it?! I can’t discuss strategies or tactics or player scaling issues, it’s a box full of cards for Dixit!
Now if you’ve never heard of Dixit, let me quickly explain. In Dixit, players each have 6 cards with weird pictures in their hand. They take turns being the “storyteller”, who selects one of his cards and makes up a sentence about it – it can be a one word sentence, can be sung, or whatever else you can think of. After the storyteller states his sentence, everyone else picks one of their cards that they think matches the same sentence and throw it in the middle. The cards are shuffled up and flipped over and then everyone other than the storyteller uses their numbered pieces to secretly vote on which picture belonged to the storyteller. From here, points are awarded based on who voted for what, and the storyteller gets points if some (but not all) of the other players got the picture correct. The game goes on like this until the entire pile of cards has been used, at which time the player with the most points wins. It’s a fantastic party game and well worth having in your collection.
Now I’m no Art Connisseur so I’m not going to be quoting works of art from the all-time greats as a comparison tool! So that doesn’t leave me with a ton of options, I mean listen to me ramble on now, there is a reason why you don’t see reviews posted for Dixit expansions very often if at all! So . . . here goes nothing!
Designer: Jean-Louis Roubira
Players: 3-6 (12 with Odessey)
Time: 60 minutes
From the Asmodee Website:
By now, the cards of the award-winning storytelling game Dixit have elicited far more than a thousand words. You yourself might have gone on journeys led by images of genies, ghosts, and toys come alive. Or perhaps you delved deep into shared memories, recalling when you played video games for a whole day, celebrated Christmas with a new family member, danced outside in the snow, or went on your first candlelit dinner date.
Now, Dixit: Revelations invites you to go beyond what you see at first glance and discover what lies hidden between—or hidden by—the lines. Featuring art by the French illustrator Marina Coudray, Dixit: Revelations looks utterly unlike any Dixit expansion that has preceded it. Coudray’s mysterious and enchanting images are heavily influenced by early twentieth century design, from the Art Deco movement to Surrealism, even while they convey stories and ideas that may be millennia old. In her art you’ll find echoes of Picasso, Magritte, Matisse, Escher, Greek myth, Indian religion, pop music, internet memes, and much, much more.
A lot of the Dixit cards previously have tended to look like “hand-drawn” works of art. Revelations in contrast looks very crisp and clean, but also extremely detailed, in fact I would go as far to say that these are the most detailed Dixit cards in terms of inherent imagery present on the card to date. Of course how much you interpret from a card is subject to ones own perception as always, but these are some of the most gorgeous art to date and a marked improvement on the previous expansion, which I wasn’t as big a fan of (style wise).
There’s a very calming feeling I get from these cards as well. A lot of them use very light colour palettes, blending soft colours like pinks, reds and oranges together. Asmodee calls them enchanting and that’s a pretty apt way to describe them. You almost want to look over these in detail with some kind of “zen” music track playing in the background. Wierdly enough on that note these cards give me that same feeling I get when playing Tokaido Deluxe – it’s that same style of gentle colour.
There is however a clear theme that this Dixit pack is going for. Whatever art style Coudray picks, each card is pertaining to a myth or folklore fable of some kind. Some are more obvious than others such as Aesop’s Fable showing the Ant and Grasshopper in reversed roles, whereas others require you to have some decent knowledge of Greek mythology to grasp. But then I was never that good at picking out the illustrators thought process for designing a card, I was too busy trying to think of a decent clue for the cards in my hand. I mean there’s usually only one reason I imagine that anyone draws a picture of a bunny rabbit in a space suit on the moon, but maybe they had some weird spirutual backing behind it!
The Midas Touch
An odd, but not unwelcome change in Dixit Revelations is the gold embossing on 20 specific cards. And I mean within the picture itself, not just a border around the outside which would otherwise be pretty distracting. These blend in nicely and fit with the overall colour palette. I’m not sure why this has been done, but if they continue down this road without being too garish or upping the price point of each expansion, I can’t say anything bad about it. It certainly gets players taking a tiny bit longer to think of clues when they’re busy admiring the shiny goodness.
I’ve said all I can really and when talking about 84 art cards, I’m quite pleased I got this much out. But it was worth writing because Dixit Revelations is hands down in my subjective artistic opinion, the best expansion pack for Dixit released to date and we’ve had some good ones before.
The art is beyond exquisite, almost Tokaido-like and yet still filled with tonnes of detail allowing for a wide range of clues to be used by those with a vivid imagination. The gold embossing is a nice feature as well that doesn’t distract, rather improves on what’s already present.
If you’re a Dixit fan, you’ve already bought this and are currently shouting at your base set box for being too small to hold everything! But if you’re being more picky on your Dixit expansions, then I urge you to make this a contender and form your own artistic opinion.
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YOU WILL LIKE DIXIT REVELATIONS IF:
You like soft, soothing artwork, akin to the likes of Tokaido.
You’re obsessed with Dixit and can’t get enough cards.
YOU WILL NOT LIKE DIXIT REVELATIONS IF:
You’ve run out of storage space in the box for all of these cards!
You prefer the appearance of hand drawn/painted artwork.
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