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Stratego (1947)

Average Rating: 6.02/10
Board Game Rank: 2092
Abstract Game Rank: 362
Family Game Rank: 741
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Stratego® Single Player

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Year Published
1947
# of Players
2
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Stratego
Alternate Names
Battaglie Strategiche
Battle Field Tactics
Combate
Combate en el frente
Estrategia
Excalibur
Front
Giganten
Maršál a špión
Mini Stratego
Original Stratego
Royal Stratego
Sabotage
Stratego 50th Anniversary Edition
Stratego Original
Tactico
Сражение
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סטרטגו
戦略大作戦ゲーム
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From the box:

The gameboard is your battlefield. You have an army of men at your disposal and six bombs. Your mission--protect your flag and capture your opponent's flag.

Secretly place your men, bombs, and flag on the gameboard with these objectives in mind. But remember your opponent is doing the same thing, so you must plan a defense as well as an offense.

Once the armies are in place, advance your men. When you're one space away from an enemy, attack. You and your opponent declare ranks. The lower-ranking man is captured and out of play.

You control your pieces and risk your men in battles where the strength of your enemy is unknown. The suspense builds as your men move deeper into enemy territory. Move with caution and courage. The next piece you attack could be a bomb. And when attacked, it could "blast" your man off the board and out of play.

The first to capture an enemy flag is the winner!

This game is similar to, and almost certainly derived directly from, the H.P. Gibsons (UK) game L'Attaque (1909). It is not exactly the same, but not far from it (numbered pieces, spy (same name) can kill the strongest piece but only when attacking, flag, bombs, etc.) This game in turn almost certainly drew on the classic Chinese children's game Dou Shou Qi.

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Different Edition Complications
When first produced in Europe, the most powerful pieces had higher numbers. I.e. the Marshall (most powerful piece) was a 10, the General was a 9, and so on. The higher the rank, the higher the number.
When they introduced Stratego in the USA, the numbering was reversed, so the Marshall was a 1, the General 2, and so on. The 1st rank (most powerful) was 1, the second most powerful was 2, 3rd most powerful was 3....
Then, in 2000s Hasbro re-imagined Stratego in the USA and made a few changes. They reduced the number of pieces per side (from 40 to 30), added additional powers, and changed the numbering to reflect the European system.
This caused extreme consternation with many faithful American Stratego fans who preferred the 'old way'. (Actually the second oldest way, but whatever.) Many of these insist on playing Stratego with the 'Marshall 1 system'.
This wouldn't be a problem, except any and all discussions of Stratego are fraught with misunderstandings by those who are unaware of dual numbering systems! Keep this in mind when reading information about Stratego.

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Contents:

  • Gameboard
  • 40 Red Army Pieces
  • 40 Blue Army Pieces
  • Display Tray
  • Instructions
  • Assembly Items:
    • Label Sheet


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41 The Strategy of Stratego.pdf
The Strategy of Stratego: a guide and essay on gaming depth
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26 Statego1980Rules.pdf
Stratego Rules 1 page PDF (print duplex)
2005-11-28
6 LUNA1.pdf
Stratego clone gameset I made myself. Smaller w/space marines vs. Martians theme. A few popular variant rules used. My own drawings.
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Board Game Rank: 2092
Abstract Game Rank: 362
Family Game Rank: 741
Num Ratings: 8400
Average Rating: 6.02
Standard Deviation: 1.39
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