History of Stratego

For generations, the challenge, surprise and excitement of Stratego have thrilled strategy game fans across the world. The roots of Stratego reach back to WWII when a Dutchman, Jacques Johan Mogendorff, invented Stratego. In 1947 Stratego was published for the first time and in 1961 Royal Jumbo launched the board game with its Napoleonic theme with great success in America. Since then, the classic game of battlefield strategy has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The game is particularly popular in the US, Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, where regular national and world championships are organized. Stratego has battled with a variety of different themes, looks and rules. Currently there are board game versions with a Napoleonic and Sci-Fi theme. However, the challenge always remains the same: Capture the Flag!

So assemble your army, plan your attack, and take to the battlefield – Stratego awaits! Play Stratego!


Stratego: The Gameplay

Typically, one player uses red pieces, and the other uses blue pieces. Pieces are colored on both sides, so players can easily distinguish between their own and their opponent’s. Ranks are printed on one side only and placed so that players cannot identify specific opponent’s pieces. Each player moves one piece per turn. If a piece is moved onto a square occupied by an opposing piece, their identities are revealed, the weaker piece is removed from the board, If the weaker piece was the attacker the piece will just be removed from the board, if the attacker is the stronger piece it will take out from the game the weaker piece and the stronger piece will take his place. If the engaging pieces are of equal rank, they are both removed. Pieces may not move onto a square already occupied by another piece without attacking.

Two zones in the middle of the board, each 2×2, cannot be entered by either player’s pieces at any time. They are shown as lakes on the battlefield and serve as choke points to make frontal assaults less direct. The goal is to capture your opponent’s flag, make him/her surrender, or capture all your opponent’s pieces. The average game has 381 moves. The number of legal positions is 10115. The number of possible games is 10535.