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August 12, 2011

Stratego: Never grows old strategy game

Now in new 50th Anniversary edition

Sometimes even the most long-standing board games get pushed aside and often forgotten by a new generation of tabletop gamers in favor of the new creations.

Certainly some survive. There’s Monopoly, Rook, Sorry and Yahtzee to name but a few.

One of those survivors is Stratego. Stratego has military planning in the same vein as chess. It is played by two players who sit across from one another on either side of a battlefield. The playing pieces have military rank names like General, Colonel, Major and Captain. Each has a rank and they can destroy pieces of lower rank when a conflict comes about.

Stratego challenges memory. Neither player can see the face of the opponent’s pieces. But the rank of the piece is revealed when there is combat. Also certain pieces can’t move and certain pieces move differently than others. In that way it is possible to learn the identity of the pieces.

The goal of the game is to capture the foe’s flag piece. The rules are as simple as the goal but the strategy is much more complex.

Spin Master is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the game in the United States by releasing a special commemorative edition of Stratego.

“Stratego is the classic game of Battlefield strategy and rooted in the relatable goal of capture the flag,” said Danny Koblin, Senior Director, Games Marketing for Spin Master. “ It's a rare game that is easy to learn, but can provide a good challenge to the most strategic of players.  This quality has enabled this game to have an incredibly broad appeal and allow for the multi-generational effect where dads who grew up playing with their dads are now playing with their sons. It's our goal to remind dads of their childhood so that they want to play Stratego with their children, and also get kids excited about the game so that they continue to keep this game alive for another 50 plus years.” 

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