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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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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!

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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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.

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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