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Archive for the month “September, 2012”

Upcoming Conventions

We’re in the midst of planning the convention schedule for the first half of 2013, so what follows is a quick list of upcoming conventions where the Tékumel Foundation is planning to showcase the world of Tékumel for fans old and new:

  • U-Con in Ann Arbor, MI, October 26th-28th: there is still enough time for Tékumel fans to register to attend the premier Tékumel gaming event of 2012.  There will be three events related to the Foundation, but an entire weekend of Tékumel Track activities.  While no longer at their old University of Michigan location, U-Con is poised to get even better as it develops in its new location.  (I’m certainly excited about going!)
  • GaryCon in Lake Geneva, WI, March 14-17th, 2013: GaryCon is indeed the premier Old School Gaming event, bringing together many of the names from the earliest days of the hobby.  We are planning on running Tékumel events at this convention, held just outside Lake Geneva at the Geneva Ridge Resort.
  • North Texas RPG Con, in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, June 6th-9th, 2013: I’ve been going to NTRPGCon for the past two years, and every year had a great time.  They are changing venues again, to serve the growing number of people that are attracted to attending this Old School event.

There are some other convention that Tékumel Foundation board members will be attending personally, including but not limited to:

  • Ambercon Northwest:  the 16th annual AmberCon Northwest, held Nov 8-11 at the unique McMenamin’s Resort in Portland, Oregon, is devoted to Roger Zelazny’s worlds of Amber using Amber Diceless RPG, and to diceless and indie RPGs of all kinds. Foundation Boardmember Bob Alberti and fan stalwart Malcolm Heath will be running Tékumel games.
  • PlatteCon in Platteville, WI, March 1st-3rd, 2013: a fun student-run gaming convention at UW-Platteville – while not big, it makes up for it with enthusiasm and a wide range of events.  I’ll be running various games besides Tékumel, including Classic Traveller and Mutant Future.
  • Concrete Cow: a regular games day held by the Milton Keynes RPG Club, on March 9th, 2013.  Foundation Board member Giovanna Fregni has been talking about going – if she’s done with her dissertation defence (wish her luck!).

If there are conventions or events you think the Foundation should attend in 2013, let us know!  Similarly, if you are planning on running Tékumel events for people, tell us.  We’d like to build a calendar of Tékumel-related events to share with the many fans of Prof. Barker’s amazing creation.

In other news, Tékumel’s volunteer archivist, Jeff Berry, is recovering from a rather serious incident.  Go wish him the best and fastest recovery possible.

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Foundation events at U-Con

The Tékumel Foundation is planning on having three events at the U-Con Gaming Convention, to be held at the Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, October 26-28, 2012. Here is a quick run-down:

  • The audiovisual presentation originally shown at the Barker Memorial, held on May 5th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The presentation includes photographs about Prof. Barker’s life and work, including some never-before-seen images from his time in India and Asia, as well as references to Tékumel and gaming.
  • A Tékumel Foundation update and Q&A session. We’ll take some time to discuss with Tékumel fans what the Foundation has been working on in recent months and where we’re going. This will be a chance to get questions answered and for Tékumel fans to provide their thoughts and opinions about what they would like to see.
  • The Jakallan Underworld. Over the past several years, Victor Raymond has been providing opportunities for people to experience the Underworld beneath Jakalla, using Prof. Barker’s own map and key and the rules from Empire of the Petal Throne. Come shiver at the high chiming sound of the hated Ssu, or poke through dusty relics of an earlier time in search of secrets of the Ancients.

Details about event times and locations will be forthcoming between now and the convention. Hope to see many Tékumel fans there!

Jakallan Underworld adventure at NTRPGCon

Victor running the Jakallan Underworld for Jeff Dee, Chris Holmes and others at North Texas RPG Con.

Tekumel fans in St. Louis

Tekumel fans in St. Louis, after adventuring near Jakalla.

Work Continues

Lots of stuff

Files and files

We’ve been quite busy at the offices of the Tekumel Foundation, with over 120 volunteer hours over the past month. This video was shot a couple of weeks ago but we’ve only had the time to post it now! We met our timeline of getting everything out of the storage locker in time to give notice and avoid paying for another month. Now the hard work of sorting and organizing this materiel begins.

Workspace for volunteers

There’s been a lot of associated labor surrounding the move. The windows in the space, and the space itself, needed to be cleaned. There’s an associated kitchenette in which GFI electrical outlets and shelves have been installed, in preparation for providing amenities for volunteers to use. Meanwhile, projects on licensing language and even a new publication are underway.

It has been a busy summer, and it promises to be an even busier autumn!

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