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Empire of the Petal Throne!

Two versions of the original Empire of the Petal Throne game shown on a tabletop

Empire of the Petal Throne in hardcover and softcover – available now from DriveThruRPG.  Order yours today!

The new hardcover and softcover editions of Empire of the Petal Throne arrived and are available now at DriveThruRPG.com! Here’s a link: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/2060/Empire-of-the-Petal-Throne?it=1. Both the hardcover and softcover versions have the following:

  • The full text of the original TSR edition of Empire of the Petal Throne as published in a boxed set in 1975
  • Errata for the original TSR edition
  • A Citizenship Document and translation
  • A map of Jakálla – The City Half As Old As the World
  • A B&W map of the Five Empires
  • Reference Charts from the original TSR boxed set

All of this for $19.95 for the softcover and $24.95 for the hardcover version.  The Foundation has also updated the PDF version of the rules; this is still a picture scan of the rules, but it is precisely the same as the text included with the print-on-demand edition.  We intend to make a text-searchable version available free to customers who have bought the PDF, as we move ahead with other projects.

Here is what some advance reviewers have to say about Empire of the Petal Throne:

“Empire of the Petal Throne provides a wealth of information for a beginning referee to work with. Where the players can go, what to do when they get there, and who they will interact with are quite well fleshed out with just the basic book.” – Storm Bringer

“If you are looking for something different in your old school gaming, I can give this a thumbs up.” – Slappy Squirrel / Hagen Kirk

If you have ever wanted to see the original World of Tékumel roleplaying game – it can be yours right now! Just click on the link and order your copy today!

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October 16th is the day!

The Tékumel Foundation is preparing to release the reprint of Empire of the Petal Throne on Monday, October 16th, 2017.  We’re all very excited about this, as it is the culmination of a lot of work on the part of a lot of people.  Some additional notes about the new release:

  • The Foundation is going to produce print-on-demand maps to provide reprints of the stunning maps included in the original boxed set.  We’re hoping to be able to release the maps of the City of Jakálla and the Eastern and Western maps of the Five Empires in the near future.
  • We will also be updating the PDF version when we release the print-on-demand edition, to a version matching the print-on-demand edition.  This will still be a picture PDF; the text-searchable version is in the works.
  • The ebook for Professor Barker’s second novel, Flamesong, is the next project on our list – more news on that as it develops!

 

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!

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 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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More Tekumel in 2016

This is the third follow-up to our earlier blog post about plans for 2016 – we want to explain in more detail plans for products from Tékumel licensees for the upcoming year.  If you have suggestions or would like to be more involved, please let us know!

There are several licensed producers of material approved for Tékumel, and the board and volunteers of the Foundation are very excited by what they have planned for 2016:

  • Jeff Dee and Unigames, who have already produced the Bethorm RPG, including the Kurt Hills Gazetteer and more support material for use in Tekumel campaigns;
  • John Till, who is working on his two planned FATE of Tékumel adventures for the upcoming year;
  • James Maliszewski and the The Excellent Travelling Volume, which provides fan support for new ideas and variants;
  • Choice of Games and possible follow-ups to Choice of the Petal Throne – the Foundation is interested in adapting the Adventures on Tékumel series to the text-based game format;
  • the Tékumel Project has new miniatures offerings, as well!

The Foundation is always interested in hearing from potential game producers for the world of Tékumel.  It is worth cautioning, however, that not every idea is easily produced as a game, or fits well within the Empire of the Petal Throne.  But if you do have something for which you would like to get a “approved for Tékumel” license, please contact us!

New projects in 2016

This is a second follow-up to our earlier blog post about plans for 2016 – we want to expand  and explain in more detail plans for new products for the upcoming year.  If you have suggestions or would like to be more involved, please let us know!

One of the important aspects of presenting the world of Tékumel is adding to the materials which have already been produced.  Quite rightly, fans are interested in creations from Professor Barker which expand their knowledge of this intricate and absorbing setting.  Here are some of the projects the Foundation is working to produce in 2016:

  • The original “mimeo” Empire of the Petal Throne is available in PDF form, but we want to make it available in a print-on-demand format, as well.  There are subtle differences between the playtest rules and the edition published by TSR, Inc.
  • The Jakállan Underworld, including maps and a reproduction of the key – this project has been in the works for some time, as we have been deciding what would be the best way to present it.  We now have a plan for that – and we think you will like it.
  • The Dlash Gazetteer and maps of the city in southern Livyanu, which features so prominently in The Lords of Tsámra.
  • Speaking of which, Flamesong and The Lords of Tsámra, in eBook and print forms.  Having Professor Barker’s novels available is something many of you have asked for – and we want to fulfill your request.
  • If we can fit it in, Armies of the Five Empires.  This would include information from the original army lists, as well as the military articles published in various periodicals.

There are other projects waiting in the wings: a Stability companion volume to The Book of Ebon Bindings, the Northeast Frontier maps and gazetteer, and other source material useful for gaming.  We will get to these as time and resources allow.  Help spread the word – run games, blog about your adventures, and share them with your friends.  The more source material people buy, the easier it is for the Foundation to produce new material.

Working with conventions in 2016

This is a follow-up to our earlier blog post about plans for 2016 – we want to expand on that post, and explain in more detail our plans for the upcoming year.  If you have suggestions or would like to be more involved, please let us know!

Reaching out to gamers, new and old, and providing them an experience the world of Tékumel is an important part of the work of the Tékumel Foundation.  In 2016, that means providing prizes and promotional material to people willing to work with the Foundation for the events they are running at their favorite gaming conventions.  We’re especially interested in efforts to develop a continuous track of events for the duration of a convention.  We’re planning on helping Tékumel activities and events at:

If you are interested in running games or events at these or other conventions, please let us know – we want to help make your event a success.  If you want to do something Tékumel related at another convention, please tell us about it!  If we get enough lead time, we’d be happy to work with you to provide prizes or other materials to enhance the quality of your event.  Just write to the Foundation at: info@tekumelfoundation.org

 

Plans for 2016

The first post of 2016 for the Foundation blog is about the Foundation’s plans for the upcoming year.  2015 was a successful year: it saw a whole range of activities and events, including Tékumel tracks at several conventions, the re-release of The Man of Gold and The Tékumel Sourcebook, a new web-based text game, Choice of the Petal Throne, and a lot more.  We thought it would be good to provide an outline of what the Foundation plans to accomplish in 2016.  Here goes:

  1. We will continue to re-release material previously produced, including the following: the TSR edition of Empire of the Petal Throne in a print-on-demand format; the Swords & Glory Player’s Handbook; The Northwest Area Frontier Maps and Gazetteer; Flamesong; The Lords of Tsamra; the Dlash Gazetteer and the Book of Ebon Bindings
  2. We also will release previously unpublished material, including the “mimeo” Empire of the Petal Throne in a print-on-demand format, the Jakallan Underworld, and Armies of the Five Empires.
  3. We will continue working with existing licensees, including: Jeff Dee and Unigames, providing support for Bethorm support material; John Till and his planned FATE of Tékumel adventures; James Maliszewski and the The Excellent Travelling Volume; Choice of Games and possible follow-ups to Choice of the Petal Throne; The Tékumel Project with new and existing miniatures offerings
  4. We will continue supporting Tékumel activities and events at conventions, including, but not limited to, the following list: Con of the North (Twin Cities, MN); Gary Con (Lake Geneva, WI); Convergence (Twin Cities, MN); Celesticon (SF, CA); Gamehole Con (Madison, WI), and U-Con Gaming Convention (Ypsilanti, MI). If you are interested in running events at these or other conventions, please let us know – we want to help make your event a success.

To accomplish all this, we want to spread the word about the world of Tékumel, through websites, podcasts, and other media.  If you know of specific opportunities, such as the recent Conlangery podcast, get in touch with the Foundation and we can arrange to have a Foundation representative available.

Lastly, we are always interested in proposals for new material related to Tékumel. If you’d like to license your product idea and are willing to work with the Foundation on its development, we want to work with you to make your idea part of the creative legacy of Prof. Barker – the world of Tékumel.  Please contact the Foundation at info@tekumelfoundation.org – thank you!

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