Inspire cards


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Deck of cards that show images to interpret musically.


Generally an inspire cards deck can be formed of any images. There are many approaches to making an inspire deck as for complexity, ambiguity or theming. Consider adding your thoughts on this in text or in the comments!

Practical tips: You can put all cards in sleeves for better shuffling and dealing. Repetition of images spoils some games, but is a feature in others, so this usually requires some testing.

Local downloads

Here we present a pre-made sets that were tested with different games. The cards are to be beginner friendly so they usually have an association with the real sound. The parameters of those sounds are diversified in the set.

Inspire deck No 1 (pdf) — historical example, inspired mostly by notrightmusic's 15 cards (small sized).

Dynamic Inspire Deck — inspire cards in the system as individual scalable CC0-licensed silhouettes (

Musical Dixit

Dixit is a popular "boxed" board game sold in many countries. Drawings for the game are quite evocative and give great results for musical activities. In the game players give each other suggestions as for which picture was chosen with the aim that the suggestion is not successful for each and every player. Suggestion is usually spoken, but humming is allowed by the rules too.

For especially good experience when playing with instruments we recommend small ensembles giving suggestions (musical in this case) together. If player count suits (7+), when choosing the card to guess, show it to your neighbors in the circle and you all score points together as a trio of "narrators" for this round.

External games

9 links here (see all).

Wiki games with Inspire Cards

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