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Month of Board Games: Stratego

On 05/03/2022 at 11:05 AM by KnightDriver

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I'm using May as board game month this year. My theme for the month is the 1950s. I think board games might have been the most popular form of gaming back then. So it's a good excuse to explore them myself this month. First up is Stratego. 

So I've been picking up a few board games at Goodwill for cheap. First was Classic Stratego. I got this game for $3 and it is brand new inside. The pieces are still sealed in their containers. Anyhow, this is a 2021 printing of the original game with the 10x10 board but with the newer ranking system. 10 is the highest rank instead of 1 in the original. 


Well, I opened this game hoping my friend would be keen to play but he wasn't, so I just read about it on my Xbox web browser and looked up related video games. A Stratego video game for PC came out in the 90s but there isn't any currently. Strange. I'd love to play a digital version. Royal Jumbo, a company in the Netherlands, has the trademark and publishes several versions of Stratego but no video game version. I settled for the digital version of Battleship on Xbox but for $15 I think I'll wait for a sale.  

This below is the version I had as a kid in the 70s. I think this is the plastic piece 1961 version. There was a wood piece one initially which is probably collectible now. 


There is an Electronic Stratego that came out in '82 I never tried. If come across that at a Goodwill, I'll get it. 


Well, more board games to come this month. I got a second one I'm going to try out later today. Got any favorites? I'll keep my eye out for them.  




05/03/2022 at 03:50 PM

I first encountered Stratego as a computer game back in the '90s. It was one of the few games my mom would play on our computer. I was surprised to eventually learn that it was an actual board game first. I never played the board game version.

If there is a golden age of board gaming, it's gotta be right now. There are SO MANY GOOD BOARD GAMES. Just the other day I got to play Everdell, a worker placement game with an adorable woodland creature aesthetic. Really cool game.


05/06/2022 at 11:08 AM

Wow, you knew the DOS version first! 

You are right. My comic store sells lots of them and I am darn near crazy wanting to play them all but not having anyone to play with. I may join a group or something. 

I remember playing a lot of board games with my family and friends in the 70s before home video games took off. 


05/03/2022 at 11:12 PM

I remember Stratego from my childhood. 


05/06/2022 at 11:11 AM

I as well. I haven't played it since then. 

Cary Woodham

05/04/2022 at 09:00 PM

When I first saw Stratego, it looked like chess so I passed up on it.  I learned how to play chess from Battle Chess.  Another thing I learned from playing Battle Chess is that I do not like chess.


05/06/2022 at 11:11 AM

Stratego is simpler than Chess since you can only move in four directions. No jumping, multiple space movement or diagonal movement. It's more about discovering the other person's arrangement of troops by blundering into them. 

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