Funny! I've owned this game for many years and just decided to play it last night. Before that, I had probably played regular Stratego once or twice in the 1980s. I forgot how the game worked.
I was in the same boat. Owned it for years and had not played since the 80's and even then only a handful of times.
I had a gaming friend over and he saw it in my gaming closet and was pumped to play. We've played three games within 2 days and are loving it immensly. It's very Chess like and strategic and figuring out an ideal way to place your peices is a fun challenge.
I am really enjoying it and am sure my firend and I will play this many more times soon.