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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.

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Conlangery #115: Tsolyáni

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Earlier in December, the podcast of constructed languages, Conlangery #115, was released.  A “conlang” is a constructed language, such as Elvish, Klingon or Esperanto.  This particular episode focused on the Tsolyáni language.  Victor Raymond, as the chair of the Tékumel Foundation, was the featured guest.  The podcast goes into the history of Tsolyáni and of Prof. Barker, and the background of Empire of the Petal Throne and the world of Tékumel.  The hosts, George Corley and William Annis, discussed the unique nature of Tsolyáni as a constructed language, its linguistic character, and how Tsolyáni has been used in a gaming context.  It’s definitely worth a listen!

For more information about Conlangery, check out the podcast website: http://conlangery.com/ as well as the Conlangery Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/conlangery/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/Conlang/

Flamesong proofreading is complete

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The proofing stage of preparing the Tekumel Foundation’s edition of Prof. M.A.R. Barker’s second novel Flamesong is now complete.  Stephen Hearn has been responsible for the proofing projects for The Man of Gold and Flamesong with proofing partners Theresa Alberti, Kathryn Hearn, and Robert Dushay.  Proofing the first two novels has required two people, one working from Prof. Barker’s marked up computer printout manuscript and the other from the Foundation’s working electronic copy in PDF, both watching for discrepancies between the two documents.

Prof. Barker’s manuscripts are impressively error free.  Much of the correction consists of catching double periods, foreshortened dashes, missed italics and other anomalies in the PDF working copy.  Between the two novels Barker switched from British to American spellings (he had moved from Montreal to Minneapolis in the interim).  The proofing has occasionally corrected a word which missed this transition.

The goal is to produce a clean edition of the book with no anomalies in the text to disrupt the flow of Prof. Barker’s words and imagination.  One side benefit for the proofers has been the chance to read aloud and share these stylish and inventive narratives and immerse themselves again in the world of Tekumel.

The Man of Gold

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The Man of Gold is available and can be purchased through Amazon.com or CreateSpace.com!  The Tekumel Foundation is pleased to have the first published novel by Prof. Barker back in print.  You can also purchase the eBook for Kindle, Nook, or Kobo.  We’ve learned a lot from this project, and that will help in publishing Prof. Barker’s second novel, Flamesong, in the near future.  If you have never had a chance to read about the world of Tekumel in novel form, The Man of Gold provides wonderful insights into the culture and society of the Empire of the Petal Throne.

In addition to The Man of Gold, the Foundation is getting ready to announce the availability of The Tekumel Sourcebook, a reprint of the original Gamescience edition, with a new index and glossary!

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Proof of Progress

MoG-PODThe proof copy of The Man of Gold arrived in the mail this past weekend, and it looks very good!  Of course, we’re combing through it, making sure that we catch as many errors as possible – some always sneak through the editorial and publication process.  Many Tekumel fans will be pleased to know that the diacritical marks have been restored in this edition, so the transliterated Tsolyani can be read properly.  It will be released through CreateSpace, which does a lot of print-on-demand books and also offers bookstore distribution services.  The price for the 6″ by 9″ trade paperback will be $18.95 – we should be releasing it within the next two weeks.

We’re still waiting on the proof copies of The Tekumel Sourcebook.  This may allow for enough time to see if we can get the maps from Swords & Glory made available about the same time.  Keep your fingers crossed!

The Man of Gold – next steps

The Man of Gold is now available as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.  The next step is to release it as a print-on-demand book, available for direct order as well as bookstore distribution.  The Foundation expects to do this in the very near future.  The next novel in preparation is Flamesong, which we hope to release later this year in both ebook and print formats.  Other projects underway include:

  • We are close to a re-release of the Gamescience edition of Swords & Glory, Volume One: The Tekumel Sourcebook.  The new edition will include an index, and will be available through DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.
  • We are planning on producing the maps from Empire of the Petal Throne and Swords & Glory, and for the the Jakallan Underworld.  We’re exploring the best way to make large-scale maps available for print product purchase; Jeff Dee of UNIgames has begun using Deviantart for maps for Bethorm; go check out the fantastic map of Katalal produced by Alyssa Faden!
  • James Maliszewski has begun to produce The Excellent Traveling Volume, an informal and unofficial fanzine for the world of Tekumel.  Issue #2 is now available in print format only; go get your copy today!

 

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