~ Rules for Stratego ~
The object of the game is to capture the opponent’s flag.
To start the game:
Place the board between the players so that the name Stratego is facing each contestant.
One player takes the Red and the other the Blue playing pieces. Red starts first. ( Royal Stratego white and black - black starts first. )
Each player gets an army of 40 pieces, in order of rank from high to low, consisting of:
These are all movable pieces.
There are also 6 Bombs and 1 Flag, which are not moveable. Note that the moveable pieces have a number in the upper right corner to designate the order of rank. Thus, the Marshal is ranked 1 (highest), the General 2, the Colonels 3, and so on to the Spy who is marked with an "S".
The players place one piece in each square of their half of the board. All squares are to be filled from each end. That is, 10 per row, 4 rows deep. The two middle rows are to be left unoccupied at the start of the game.
The pieces are placed with the notched ends up and the printed emblem facing the player in such a way that the opponent does not know the arrangement of the pieces.
Read the rules of "Movement" and "Striking" so that an idea of how to plan the placement of the pieces will be obtained.
Rules for Movement
Turns alternate, first Red then Blue.
A piece moves from square to square, one square at a time. (Exception: Scout – see rule 8). A piece may be moved forward, backward, or sideward but not diagonally.
Note that there are two lakes in the center of the board, which contain no squares. Pieces must move around lakes and cannot move where there is no square.
Two pieces may not occupy the same square at the same time.
A piece may not move through a square occupied by a piece nor jump over a piece.
Only one piece may be moved in each turn.
The "Flag" and the "Bomb" pieces cannot be moved. Once these pieces are placed at the start of the game, they must remain in that square.
The "Scout" may move any number of open squares forward, backward, or sideward in a straight line if the player desires. This movement, of course, then reveals to the opponent the value of that piece. Therefore, the player may choose to move the Scout only one square in his turn, so as to keep the Scout’s identity hidden. The Scout is valuable for probing the opponent’s positions. The Scout may not move and strike in the same turn. *
Once a piece has been moved to a square and the hand removed, it cannot be moved back to its original position in that turn.
Pieces cannot be moved back and forth between the same 2 squares in 3 consecutive turns.
A player must either "move" or "strike" in his turn.
Rules for "Strike" or Attack
When a red and a blue piece occupy adjoining squares either back to back, side to side, or face to face, they are in a position to attack or "strike". No diagonal strikes can be made.
A player may move in his turn or strike in his turn. He cannot do both. The "strike" ends the turn. After pieces have finished the "strike" move, the player who was struck has his turn to move or strike.
It is not required to "strike" when two opposing pieces are in position. A player may decide to strike, whenever he desires.
Either player may strike (in his turn), not only the one who moves his piece into position.
To strike (or attack), the player, whose turn it is, takes up his piece and lightly "strikes" the opponent’s piece while at the same time declaring his piece’s rank. The opponent answers by naming the rank of his piece.
The piece with the lower rank is lost and removed from the board. The winning higher ranking piece is then moved immediately into the empty square formerly occupied by the losing piece.
When equal ranks are struck, then both pieces are lost and removed from the board.
A Marshal removes a General, a General removes a Colonel, and a Colonel removes a Major, and so on down to the Spy, which is the lowest ranking piece.
The Spy, however, has the special privilege of being able to remove only the Marshal provided he strikes first. That is, if the Spy "strikes" the Marshal in his turn, the Marshal is removed. However, if the Marshal "strikes" first, the Spy is removed. All other pieces remove the Spy regardless of who strikes first.
When any piece (except a Miner) strikes a Bomb (Bang!) that piece is lost and is removed from the board. The Bomb does not move into the empty square, but remains in its original position at all times. When a Miner strikes a Bomb, the Bomb is lost and the miner moves into the unoccupied square.
A Bomb cannot strike, but rather must wait until a moveable piece strikes it.
Remember, the Flag also can never be moved.
To End the Game
Whenever a player "strikes" his opponent’s Flag, the game ends and he is the winner. If a player cannot move a piece or "strike" in his turn, he must give up and declare his opponent the winner.1 Flag - 1 Marshal - 1 General - 2 Colonels - 3 Majors - 4 Captains - 4 Lieutenants - 4 Sergeants - 5 Miners - 8 Scouts - 1 Spy - 6 Boms
My Royal Stratego from 1974 very hard to get - I have more than 10 years wanted !***** List Of Impossible Country Flags *****
Updated - 1.4.13+
LIST OF COUNTRIES FROM WHICH NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO GET ANY MORE FLAGS:
1.- AN - NETHERLANDS ANTILLES; Phased out;
2.- HM - HERALD & MACDONALDS ISLANDS; Registers now as VA - VATICAN;
3.- BV - BOUVET ISLANDS; Registers now as VA - VATICAN;
FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THESE FLAGS IN THEIR COUNTERS, THE TOTAL FLAGS POSSIBLE NOW IS: #246
( makes #246 for me )