Things needed immediately: will improve gameplay, retain users, and cut down on trolling methods:
Cut the setup buffer below 2 minutes for those ranked silver and above, since seasoned players more than likely have a saved setup.
Cut the buffer time to 2 minutes for silver rank or above for same reasons..they are seasoned.
Cut the move time to 5 seconds for silver rank or above for same reasons.
Force tie when it crosses a certain threshold of total moves, or if the time exceeds > 1 hour, or if there is a lack of miners on both sides when flags are protected. This isn't chess, and shouldn't take a long time to finish a game if played without any BS (troll lagging 15 second moves, etc).
The automatic matching algorithm to prevent matching the same user played from the immediate game because who wants to play the same long again with the same user.
The automatic matching algorithm to avoid matching between accounts that are more than 10 rank difference. For example, don't match a player who is a bronze spy when another is a gold lieutenant or platinum. Nothing is gained when playing a bronze spy who could really be a platinum marshall multi account cheater and stealing points, or a newbie who a platinum can't learn anything from or even get many points from even if they win. With the exception of a platinum multi-account user hiding behind a new account, the bronze spy or lower rank will most likely blitz, and hope for a lucky win, so there is no strategy involved, and its a waste of a game.
A way to block users (mostly trolls) and known multi-account cheaters. If these accounts are blocked by various unique users, the administrators may look into them if they cross a threshold ( >50 blocks, etc) without having repetitive screenshots from different users that take time before the account being penalized or deleted. This may also actually change a troll's action by thinking twice before being an troll or starting a new account to avoid having to waste time working their way up the ladder again. I would recommend limiting the option to block no more than 10 users, otherwise people will block everyone they lose to after a game.
Things I want but do not necessarily need:
Do away with automatic matching, and give the users the control to setup the board and start game play or not without being locked into a game if its a known troll you're playing against. Other users will see available games that they can sit in from a list or queue. The user who set up the board can obviously kick out or block any user as long as the game hasn't started similar to Yahoo Chess.
A log of the last 100 games I played, who I played against, date/time of play, duration of play, and some other data (what rank were the two users, time of play, flag placement etc).
Analytics and performance stats that may be useful for us to improve our play such as graphs that display trends in wins/losses/ties, losses to frequent users, average game time, average move time, and other analytics that may be useful).
Piggybacking from the previous want, when a game match is made, displaying a snapshot of user stats such as average game time, average move time, and last ten match wins/losses.
A main chat lobby that can include everyone online, and no disconnect from the chat session when a game has started.
An screen capture button that can be stored in our profiles in case you want to capture trolls, or want to review your game and mistakes. A limit of no more than 20 screen captures before you have to delete, unless you pay Stratego money similar to how users can pay to get more types of boards. This will fund the storage needs required to maintain the images.
Remove the Sci-Fi awards unless you're going to put Sci-Fi option back in.
Things that may make this game fun:
Allowing user set up games some options such as one moving bomb that cannot attack, 10 piece game or 40, A flag that can move one square per game, etc.
Any comments or disagreements?
Any other options people out there think will improve? Is anyone out there that can make this happen? If not, what's the point of Feature Request Forums???
More board themes needed and different types of pieces needed (for purchase of course). Maybe allowing pop culture type of pieces and boards like they do with board games like a star wars, game of thrones, etc
Maybe Stratego can put a gofundme campaign type of feature to allow donations so they can use it to hire a programmer to make these changes.