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THE RULES TO STRATEGO
|These rules are taken
directly from the
inside box cover, which is where the
rules could be found on most all Stratego
games prior to the mid 1980s.
Here are the rules taken
There are two noticeable
1) With the first set of rules, (the set of rules printed on the inside box cover) SOME sets state that:
Other sets with rules on the box cover (sets that were printed later) do NOT mention this rule. And NONE of the sets with rules printed in the enclosed booklet mention this.
2) The first set of rules, in the section Rules for "Strike" or Attack, states:
If the winning piece is the one that is struck (in other words, the losing piece is the one that is "striking" the other) I don't believe Milton Bradley ever intended this winning piece to move into the empty square formerly occupied by the losing piece, as stated above. (That's not even natural.) Remember, the above rule is in the Rules for "Strike" or Attack section; the rule is referring specifically about striking and yes, if the striking piece is the higher ranking piece, then again yes, this piece is then moved immediately into the empty square formerly occupied by the losing piece.
Notice the second set of rules make this very clear.
To clarify, the above rule in red, read on its own, implies the winning piece is moved into the square formerly occupied by the losing piece. But if you take it into context, since this rule is talking about striking, the actual meaning, to me, is clear.
Before playing, it would be wise to confirm which set of rules you and your opponent should use.
Don Woods wrote:
Excellent observation on Rule 10 regarding the bomb! However, at this moment I'm still inclined to believe the winning piece was meant to remain where it was, if this piece was the one that was struck... for one other reason I did not mention.
When the rules were reprinted in the later editions, I don't think Milton Bradley CHANGED any of the rules. I don't believe MB did any testing/experimenting and decided changing the rules made for a better game. (MB was never keen on that with any other game.) I'm more inclined to believe they just REPHRASED the rules, believing that they were badly worded.
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