Preview Revelations, the Upcoming Expansion for Dixit
1) an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being; 2) a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something; 3) an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure
In July of this summer, we announced Revelations, an upcoming expansion for Dixit. Crafted by artist Marina Coudray, Revelations features a striking artistic style utterly different from that of any other Dixit expansion. Her work resembles that of surrealist artists like René Magritte and Salvador Dali, and you'll find that her images reference everything from Greek myth and Roman history to board games and selfies.
Of course, no card in Dixit has just one story to tell. Each has the ability to inspire a thousand tales and more, shaped by you, arising from your everyday experiences and the moment at hand. As we preview these cards, we do not want to limit their meaning, but rather open up some pathways where more meanings might be found, pathways you might branch off from in your games, or simply acknowledge and disregard. After all, the most important stories in Dixit are the ones that you, your friends, and your family share and enjoy.
Many cards in Revelations exemplify the expansion’s theme. You’ll see in each a concept or narrative that gains complexity as you examine the card. What you understand at first may be completely transformed by what you see later on. The card on the left, for example, depicts a gathering of household appliances led by a flag-wielding light bulb. Then you notice that they’re assembled on the edge of a cliff and that the skies are smoke-filled and red. Does the white flag mean that they surrendering? Did they rebel from whatever household owned them, and are now about to return in defeat?
The story of the sardines seems clearer—at least, on the surface. One sardine has packed his bags and is leaving—probably in order to avoid being eaten. Another layer is added when you realize the three remaining sardines are in the “hear no, see no, speak no evil” pose. Perhaps they’re keeping secret the sardine’s departure. Perhaps they’re afraid for their own sake, and paralyzed by that fear, lack the courage necessary to get out of the tin and begin the dangerous trek across the dry picnic-cloth terrain.
Sometimes rebellions are secret and subtle. The two men in the center card are facing away from each other, on separate benches, but united by the red objects they focus on, and by the song that they both have in their heads (Does it mean they know each other? Is that music some sort of shared epiphany?). Only once you notice the rain clouds in the background do you realize that these two, by means of their shared song, have found a kind of pleasant escape, whether from rain, obligations, or some other bad, mundane day.
American Ghosts and Other Gods
Coudray’s images often conjure the past. The card above that depicts an old man, wandering through a forest littered with sepia pictures, is one of those most patently interested in history. If you look closely at the portraits on the forest floor, you’ll notice a man in Native American headdress, a pensive child, a family in the stark clothing and brimmed hats of early twentieth-century immigrants to New York. He is focused on the portrait he’s holding, of course, but whether or not he knows, he is surrounded by—and walking on—myriad others.
In the card on the right there is not even one living person, only ghosts. They seem happy, though, and are making themselves at home in a mid-century modern living room, akin to one you’d see on an episode of Mad Men, or perhaps the one you knew as a child. Closer inspection reveals that they may be emanating from the TV. Perhaps they were never real people, only figments of television sitcoms and advertisements, or perhaps stand as evidence that television simply operates as a portal to another world.
As much as she looks to the past, Coudray is very interested in the technology and iconography of the present—as demonstrated by this image of Ganesha on a smartphone screen. We take for granted the fact that we can conjure anything on our phones, but the image seems to imply that you are watching a video of the Hindu god levitating. Then it dawns on you that perhaps the fact that the hand holding the phone isn’t just blue because of lighting—perhaps its skin is naturally that color. Perhaps another god—Shiva or Krishna—is holding the phone. Perhaps the gods have their own YouTube.
No matter what your history, present, or perspective, Revelations invites you to look closer than ever as you and your friends spin stories. And there are no limits on the words you can use to respond to everything that you see.
Dixit: Revelations will become available later this fall. You can pre-order it from your local retailer now.