27/04/2018

About Stratego and strategic board games


Do you like Stratego? I'm quite obsessed with it lately.

I rediscovered Stratego since many years completely forgotten. Great game, one of the best ever. I used to play when I was a kid, just for fun. Now I appreciate its complexity and enjoy much more going deeper in the details. I could describe it like a mix of chess and poker.

I consider really important to play these kind of games, same as chess or similar board games. In the same way people can be split between who read and who don't or other many criteria, I realized it's same for games. Those who use to play complex games develop a higher sense of administration of resources, balance risks, manage time and chances, etc. So useful in real life: Economics, negotiations, decisions, etc. That's why I suggest playing games, specially in early ages. Funny and improve some superpowers.

I played with friend and neighbor using the version made in the 80s. Actually the game was his property and time later I did my own version, home made and super low cost. Those days when TV or toys magazines added the note:

 "Alert: More than 5000 pesetas (30€)!"

For a kid's mind that meant forget about getting it.

Unfortunately the current version is a shame. Stickers on cheap plastic pieces and horrible characters design. Immediately I thought about creating a new version. And that was the seed for bigger idea: Creating a whole new game based in the same mechanism but adding new key points. Whether it goes well or not the creative process is fully fascinating and it opens the door to new ideas coming in the way. But that's another story.

Btw, Stratego is an evolution from old Chinese game Dou Shou Qi, which also hocked me in the last weeks.  I'm making an aesthetic version, but again that's part of another post coming.
New released based in version from 80s. Photo from Amazon.


What? Dark character man playing the role of spy disappeared and it's is a woman instead in the version based in the 80s version (not the one with stickers).

6 comments:

Unknown said...

Hola José,

Mi nuevo Moleskine esta a punto de llegar por correo. Que marcadores recomendas usar? Estoy por comprar un nuevo set de Paper Mate flair pens de colores, pero seguramente tenes algun consejo sobre otras marcas para probar.

Saludos!
- Julia

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Sarah J. Loecker said...

Wow, I love the organized structure of your sketchbooks, I am just preparing to do a sketchbook on my upcoming trip to Italy and have been reflecting on the layout I want to use. Thanks for the inspiration.

Patricia Carter said...

I have never liked this type of games. I dont think I am going to now.
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