Surakarta

$69 each
Game Pieces

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Specifications

2
30 Minutes

OVERVIEW: Ancient Indonesians cultivated much more than strong coffee. Not the least of their efforts include Surakarta, a bold, dizzyingly fun board game that is sure to spin you around and leave you gasping for more! Move your pieces through the central grid, building lines of defenses before looping in for your attack. In order to capture your opponent's pieces and win the game, you have to make use of AT LEAST one of the decorative loops on the corners of the board. This highly unique, pure abstract-strategy game will make your head spin, eyes water and heart race as you fly around the loops and capture your opponent's pieces!

ORIGINS: Indonesia 700CE

AUTHENTICITY: 80% *What we changed: Surakarta is a poorly documented game, but we utilized the most common elements from the available sources.

HISTORY: Surakarta is an abstract strategy game from the island of Java. Natural disasters in ancient Indonesia makes dating this game difficult, although experts believe it existed before the Krakatoa event that occurred between 400 and 600 CE. Surakarta gets its name from the small village where it was first encountered by Europeans. Historically, it was simply called "the game" by local players. Surakarta is believed to have been played by villagers carving the board onto sandy beaches, sailors on their travels, and by the Royal houses. Legend holds that local rulers were required to prove their merit over a game of Surakarta.


Surakarta is presented in a suede leather pouch that unfolds to reveal a beautifully etched game board and luxury playing pieces. The rule booklet is made of an extremely durable composite paper laced onto the satin drawstring.

This compact take-anywhere / play-anywhere format ensures that your new game will always be accessible. The natural materials make this game stand out and are sure to be noticed. The patterns and imperfections on each piece and board add beauty and authenticity and also ensure that each copy is unique.

  • Durable, Portable, and hand-made in the USA using LASER technology and natural materials
  • Includes an 11" suede leather board with satin drawstring cord, attached rule booklet, and 24 playing pieces of 2 colors
    (colors will vary)