A few co-workers are big Stratego fans. I do like the game myself as well and own two copies of the 2011 Spin Master sci-fi themed version (30 pieces/side). We got the wild idea to combine both boards and play a team game of Stratego. I am looking for possible improvements or any problems you feel might come up. We plan on playing this in the next week or two and I want to be ready for anything that might make it fall flat. Here's what we have so far:
1.) 30 pieces/player, so 60/team. 2.) Boards are placed side by side. 3.) One red player and one blue player mark the top of their pieces with a red dot for easier piece identification and deduction by the other side. 4.) Players set up their pieces wherever they wish on their team's 3 home rows--across either board. 5.) Play proceeds red player 1, blue player 1, red player 2, blue player 2. 6.) Players may move their own pieces or their teammates' pieces. 7.) The spaces adjacent to the other board are immediately adjacent and accessible to the other board. 8.) If a player's flag is captured, he may continue moving pieces. 9.) If both flags on one team are captured, they lose.
We also have a guy who's fashioning a custom board with one extra row per side for easier movement, and depending how it turns out we may use that instead of the two Spin Master 10x8 boards.
I realize this could probably be played just 1 vs. 1, but it is a lot of information to process at once for one player. Plus we think team play will be fun. The only other way I can figure team play will work in this variant--while making teamwork more meaningful--is if you only allow a player to move pieces on his own board... but I'm unsure if that will create balance issues? In a quick playtest we did, we tried allowing players to only move their own pieces, and it was more frustrating than fun. Thoughts?
(P.S. I do know about Ultimate Stratego, but I don't own it yet and we thought this would be worth a try. )
I think you're right in allowing both players on the same team to move any piece on the team. Otherwise, as you already found out, it can get frustrating if your pieces are stuck behind your teammate's.
If you wanted a quicker game you could simply reduce the number of pieces each player has and play on a single board. Look up Lightning Stratego or Stratego Barrage rules for ideas of reduced piece count variants. I think 10 or 12 pieces per player would be good and would fit well if you have four players on the same board.