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A colourful, 3D stacking game for Braves, Squaws and Papooses published by Surprised Stare Games in October 2010.

Following the success of the innovative CONFUCIUS and the quirky FZZZT!, Surprised Stare Games has taken another eclectic turn in 2010 with the release of TOTEMO, a colourful stacking game for ages 6 and up.

Players place custom-designed blocks onto a wooden game board to construct Totem Poles, scoring victory points along the way. Blocks must be placed according to their colour, and the colours of the blocks they touch in three dimensions - for example, a purple block may only be placed adjacent to purple, red or blue blocks. Bonus placements and scoring are possible if you land exactly on special spaces on the score track.


Eagle quick (plays in around 30 minutes)

Dog simple to learn

Warrior visually appealing and tactile

Flower not quite like anything you've played before

Frog accessible to gamers and casual players alike

Beaver a real treat!

The initial run is limited to 500, available now.
Go to our on-line shop for your copy.

The rules to Totemo are available in English, German, French and Dutch

BoardGameGeek page

Board Games News designer diary - Tony Boydell discuses the design and development of Totemo for Board Games News.


Ethically Produced

Totemo's fabric bag and 'board' are ethically produced.

They are manufactured in a fairtrade accredited, ethically audited, carbon neutral factory.


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Bloody Legacy / Confucius / Coppertwaddle / Fzzzt! / Guilds of London / Ivor the Engine / On The Cards / Paperclip Railways / Scandaroon / Snowdonia / Tara, Seat of Kings / Totemo

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Carrier Strike / Mission Command / The Cousins' War

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