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Groo Returns Inkognito with a Bag of Chips, and Pokémon Infiltrates Point Salad

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Inkognito
• May 4, 2022 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of designer Alex Randolph, and to mark the occasion publisher Ares Games announced that it will release a new edition of Inkognito, co-designed by Randolph and Leo Colovini and first released in 1988, in Q4 2022, with the game including rules in English, Italian, and Korean.

For those not familiar with Inkognito, your goal is to complete a mission with your teammate, but initially you don't know who that is. You're represented on the game board by four figures, but only one of them is actually you, with the other being decoys. The Ares edition of the game is for 3-5 players, but pretty much everyone suggests playing solely with four players. Your first task is to determine who your teammate is, then you need to exchange information so that collectively you know what to do.

Board Game: Point Salad
Board Game: Point Salad
Point Salad is a great little card game from Molly Johnson, Robert Melvin, and Shawn Stankewich of Flatout Games in which you're collecting both veggies and scoring cards and occasionally converting those scoring cards back into veggies in order to maximize your holdings. (For more details, check out my overview from July 2019.)

Korean publisher Mandoo Games released Point Salad with its original theme in 2019, but it has now announced a Pokémon-themed version — Point Salad: Eevee Edition — for release in Korean. If you are a BGG user in Korea, you can undoubtedly make bank on this title if it never sees release in another country, so be prepared!

Board Game: Groo: The Game
• During its FnordCon 5 event in late April and early May 2022, publisher Steve Jackson Games announced that it will release a new edition of Groo: The Game, which first appeared in 1997 from Archangel Studios.

This title will be included in SJG's crowdfunding project for a new edition of Tom Jolly's Wiz-War, something that was announced in October 2019 and is now scheduled to be crowdfunded in 2022.

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Board Game: Bag of Chips
• In May 2022, Mathieu Aubert and Théo Rivière's Bag of Chips was released in France by Mixlore under the Frenchier name Paquet de Chips.

In this gambling-style card game, you reduce your hand of cards one by one based on which flavors of chips have been drawn from a bag until you finally have to lock in three cards to score: two positive and one negative. Whoever scores the most in a round wins a token, and the first player to collect a certain number of tokens wins. For more details on the gameplay, head to my written and video-based overview from September 2021.

Additionally, Blue Orange Games will release an English-version of Bag of Chips in the U.S. in June 2022.

Board Game: Bag of Chips
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