The Tékumel Foundation

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The Tékumel Foundation Gets Premises

Fred looked around at the assembled students, and at the silent, watchful crowd. ‘If anyone fancies buying a Portable Swamp, as demonstrated upstairs, come to number ninety-three, Diagon Alley — Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes,’ he said in a loud voice, ‘Our new premises!’

-JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Foundation Gallery


It doesn’t* feature Fizzing Whizbees or portable swamps, but the Tékumel Foundation has moved into its first premises. And before you ask, the answer to your first question is “No, of course we can’t afford it.” But we had to break the Catch-22 of being unable to raise funds without a workspace and being unable to get a workspace without funds, so we bit the bullet and are planning to work hard to make this space productive. And in order to control costs we’re sharing the space with another organization.



Goals for the space include a working archive wherein documents can be preserved, restored, digitized and tracked, and a gallery to display the restored Temple of Vimúhla model, costumed mannequins in Tsolyáni armor, and artwork by Tékumel artists. While not intended as a public space, volunteers and guests will be provided access and for security there’s a second, securable entrance to the archives themselves. We’ll be spending the month of August moving in book shelves and documents and getting basic office functionality established, and we’ll track that activity here.

Clip of floorplan

Clip of Floorplan

It is our hope that this significant investment will allow work to proceed much more quickly and efficiently than has been possible to date.

And of course, you can help with your donations and with your volunteered time if you’re local to the Twin Cities metro area. To donate,visit our main page at (And yes, we’re working on linking from there to this blog.)


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3 thoughts on “The Tékumel Foundation Gets Premises

  1. Good to see Empire of the Petal Throne still living and breathing! I was glad to have a very minor role in its fandom.

  2. Excellent work from the magnificent bureaucrats from the Administrative Wing of the Court of Purple robes. Post – the Final Resting of our Much-Honoured Chief Scribe Firu ba Yeker … I have some humble offerings for the Tekumel Archives from My Tekumel creations. I am still searching for a Copy Place or (cheap!)Printer who could scan my 5 ft x 5ft full coulour enlarged map of The Isle of The Hluss. Much more as well. Jeff Bery please contact Me again !

  3. Roger McCarthy on said:

    I’ve loved Tekumel since discovering it during the Blue Room days and was truly saddened to hear of the Professor’s passing.

    I can’t imagine how somebody with no money and who lives in another continent can help in your work – but if you can think of anything let me know.

    And Martin, may not apply to Australia (almost certainly doesn’t in the UK where all commercial printing is outrageously expensive compared to the US) but some RPGers have had good results using commercial banner printers for maps e.g.

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