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Stratego is a strategic board game featuring a 10 × 10 square board and two players with 40 pieces each. Pieces represent individual officers and soldiers in an army.
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. But the ranks are printed on one side only and placed so that players cannot identify specific opponent’s pieces. Players may arrange their 40 pieces in any configuration on a designated 4 ×10 section of the playing board. Such pre-play distinguishes the fundamental strategy of particular players, and largely influences the outcome of the game.
Two zones in the middle of the board, each 2 × 2, cannot be entered by either player at any time. They are shown as lakes on the battlefield and serve as choke points to make frontal assaults less direct.