The Tékumel Foundation

News about the World of Tékumel® – the creation of Prof. M.A.R. Barker

Getting Closer!

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The cover for the soon-to-be-released PDF and print-on-demand edition of Empire of the Petal Throne, from the Tékumel Foundation.  This includes errata and maps not included in previous editions.  Look for it soon!

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‘Twas the Night Before Chitlásha

Gather the kids around the television, it’s time for the annual broadcast of that favorite holiday program, “Twas the Night Before Chitlásha” read by special guest star, Murray Campobianco!

Running a Tékumel campaign? We want to know!

Are you running a Tékumel campaign right now?  The Tékumel Foundation wants to know!  We’re interested in doing a better job connecting Tékumel fans with Tékumel games – and that’s where you come in.  We would like to know about your current Tékumel campaigns, so we can share it with the rest of the gaming community – and provide some rewards for people who are running games.  Just send us the following information:

  • How often do you meet (e.g. every Thursday night)?
  • Where do you meet?
  • The number of gamers in your Tékumel campaign
  • What’s currently going on in your Tékumel campaign
  • Contact information for you, including name, address, phone and email
  • Anything else you would like to share about your branch on the Tree of Time!

We’ll review the submissions we get and then share the info with other Tékumel fans after the turn of the year  – we’re working right now on the best way to do that (if you have ideas, let us know that, as well).  Thanks!

Website Changes Coming!

The Tékumel Foundation is in the process of revising the language on the Foundation website regarding submissions of new material to the Foundation.  We want to do a better job of letting people know how to present their proposals for Board approval – and that means more clarity on the website.  We expect to have new guidelines available sometime after the turn of the year, so you might want to wait before submitting anything new for Board consideration.

In other news, we are getting close to finishing the reprint of the original Empire of the Petal Throne rules.  The new edition will have color art on the cover, introductions by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson (of Captain Hárchar fame), a black and white map of the city of Jakálla, all four original reference sheets, and a citizenship document for the Empire of the Petal Throne!  We’re also hard at work on getting Flamesong and Lords of Tsámra released, as well.

 

Conventions for 2017!

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It’s that time of year again – the Tékumel Foundation is planning on having a presence at the following conventions in 2017:

We’re interested in other gaming and science fiction conventions, so if you have ideas on where Tékumel fans could be found, please let us know – if we can fit it in, we’ll be there!  We also want to support anyone running Tékumel games at these or other conventions with events prizes and freebies, so please contact us with your event plans.

Where are you going to play Tékumel in 2017?  Inquiring minds want to know!

 

New Tekumel Podcast!

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There is a new podcast about the World of Tékumel – “The Hall of Blue Illumination”!  Named for the Hall of Blue Illumination in the Imperial Palace of Avanthár where The Book of Mighty Imperial Deeds of the Great and Glorious Petal Throne is maintained, the podcast is the creation of Scott Kellogg, James Maliszewski and Victor Raymond.  The focus of the podcast is on exploring the creative legacy of Prof. Barker, and the myriad ways to enjoy it as a gamer, reader or just fans of Empire of the Petal Throne and the World of Tékumel.  Some topics already in production: the “Fresh Off the Boat” campaign, the importance of languages, how to make Tékumel your own in your game, and a lot more.  You can find it at the following places:

All of this just in time for the Tékumel track at U-Con Gaming Convention!

Happy Birthday, Prof. Barker!

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Today marks the 87th anniversary of the birth of Prof. Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman Barker, the creator of the world of Tékumel!  Better known to his friends and to fans of Tékumel as “Phil,” Prof. Barker’s creative legacy continues to enchant and inspire gamers and fantasy fans around the world.  There are several events and activities this week and next helping to showcase Tékumel:

  • Coming up November 4th-6th is GameholeCon, in Madison, Wisconsin – where there will be four Tékumel gaming events, all run by Victor Raymond of the Tékumel Foundation.
  • During the weekend of November 11th-13th will be U-Con Gaming Convention, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  There will be an entire Tékumel track of events, with fans from all over the world coming to play.
  • This week also marks the release of the Swords & Glory Vol. 2 – Tekumel Players Handbookthrough DrivethruRPG.  There’s a sale going on for print products from the World of Tékumel – go check out the discounted prices!

Don’t forget that there are additional Tékumel game products and materials available: Jeff Dee’s excellent Tékumel RPG Bethorm and all of the related products from UniGames; Prof. Barker’s novel The Man of Goldthe text-based Tékumel adventure game, Choice of the Petal Throne from Choice of Games; military miniatures from the Tékumel Project; and James Maliszewski’s fanzine, The Excellent Traveling Volumenow in its sixth issue!

Happy Halloween! The Players Handbook is Available!

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Just in time for Halloween, the Swords & Glory Vol. 2 – Tékumel Players Handbook is now available, in PDF, softcover and hardcover versions.  The Players Handbook adds a wealth of information about Tékumel beyond what was revealed in Swords & Glory Vol. 1 – Tékumel Source Book.  It provides all of the information to generate characters for Swords & Glory, including warriors, priests, lay-priests, spies, officials, and more. A complete listing of spells and spell descriptions for mages of all temples  is also provided.  This is a reprint of the original Gamescience edition of the Tékumel Player’s Handbook, published in 1984 as a boxed set with additional material as Swords & Glory, Volume 2. The cover is a newly restored reproduction of the original box cover art, and has never been seen before! The new printing includes the character record sheet, errata for early printings, and the combat and sorcery summaries included with the original boxed set.

In addition to the Players Handbook itself, there are a number of associated products:

Best of all, this release is part of a sale in honor of Prof. Barker’s birthday; print products and connected items and being sold at a discount through the end of November – a great opportunity to buy material to share with other gamers interested in the world of Tékumel.

Proof Copies Have Arrived!

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The proof copies of Swords & Glory Volume 2: Tekumel Player’s Handbook and the Combat & Sorcery Summary have arrived!  The reproduction of the original cover art looks really quite good.  After checking to make sure everything is correct, we will be releasing this for sale in the very near future.  After that?  Empire of the Petal Throne and Flamesong – things are developing!

Below are copies of the Tekumel Source Book and the Tekumel Player’s Handbook, in their Tekumel Foundation editions.

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Sourcebook Available Again!

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The Tekumel Source Book is available again for purchase from DrivethruRPG!  There were apparently some printing issues which needed to be addressed, but everything is working now and you can order more copies at this time.  Special note: The Foundation will have a new release coming next week, so keep your Eye of Illumination ready for close examination.

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