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Archive for the month “November, 2015”

First Fantasy Campaign


From time to time, the Tekumel Foundation blog will feature various items in the Tekumel archives.  In this case, Prof. Barker’s copy of The First Fantasy Campaign, written by Dave Arneson and published in 1977 by Judges Guild.  Dave was a close friend of Prof. Barker; they initially knew one another through the different game clubs in the Twin Cities in the mid-70’s, as board wargamers and miniatures players.  They became closer friends due to a variety of circumstances, including ongoing legal disputes with TSR which provided a common cause bringing them together.  Dave’s (in)famous character, Captain Harchar, was a larger-than-life character in the world of Tekumel.  One of the things that Dave liked to do was to make sure that Prof. Barker and players in the various Tekumel gaming groups had copies of different game products Dave had written.  The First Fantasy Campaign was not a polished campaign setting, as some commentators have noted, but it did provide an overview of Dave’s Blackmoor campaign – the setting for what became Original Dungeons & Dragons.  What makes this interesting for Tekumel fans is that both Blackmoor and Greyhawk were essentially backdrops for adventuring, leading Prof. Barker to wonder what a game would be like if it had a more complete and believable culture and society – what lead eventually to Empire of the Petal Throne.


Upcoming conventions and website update

Gamehole Con in Madison, Wisconsin was this past weekend, and Madison Traditional Gaming was one of the groups running games, including an Empire of the Petal Throne game referreed by Victor Raymond.  There are also some excellent after-action reports from other events, including a naval scenario at Fall In! run by Howard Fielding.  All of which is a decent reminder that there are more Tekumel events coming up in the near future:

  • U-Con is in less than two weeks in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  The Tekumel Track at U-Con has a long and glorious history – think about going!
  • Con of the North will be happening after the turn of the year in the Twin Cities – many Tekumel events are being planned!

In other news, The Tekumel Foundation website is offline while transitioning to a new host designed to provide better responsiveness and email service.  We want to make sure this is done right, so look for an update later this week about it.

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