The Tékumel Foundation

News about the World of Tékumel® – the creation of Prof. M.A.R. Barker

Help make other projects happen

It is really exciting to see how Choice of the Petal Throne is being received.  If you haven’t gotten your copy of the game, now is the time to order it – you will help the Foundation make other projects happen this year, including but not limited to:
– The print-on-demand edition of The Man of Gold
– The ebook and print-on-demand editions of Flamesong
– The reprint of Swords & Glory, Vol. 1. The Tekumel Sourcebook
– The PDF and print-on-demand editions of The Jakallan Underworld
– The release of new material for Tekumel and re-release of out-of-print material for Tekumel.

The Tekumel Foundation is a non-profit organization; all of our proceeds go to helping preserve and promote the creative legacy of Prof. Barker – the amazing world of the Empire of the Petal Throne!

Choice of the Petal Throne

Congratulations to Danielle Goudeau and Choice of Games LLC!  The Tékumel Foundation is very pleased to announce the release of Choice of the Petal Throne by Choice of Games LLC.  Set during the Tsolyáni civil war following the death of Emperor Hirkáne, this interactive novel by Danielle Goudeau provides a new opportunity to enter into the world of Tékumel.  In upcoming weeks, we plan on providing more background information about Choice of the Petal Throne, including a short interview with the author of the game.  Until then we encourage you to go try this new game for Tékumel!

Gamer’s Tavern interview with Jeff Dee and Talzhemir Mrr

GT_Banner1-clippedThe fine people at Gamer’s Tavern did an interview with Jeff Dee and Talzhemir Mrr at Chupacabracon in February in earlier this year.  There was significant discussion of Bethorm, as well as other products from UNIgames.  Here’s the link for the podcast!

More conventions this spring!

Haven ConBack from GaryCon VII – several Tekumel related gaming events and lots of people having a good time, so definitely a win!  Coming up – Jeff Dee has informed the Foundation that UNIgames will be at HavenCon this upcoming weekend, April 3rd-5th, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Austin, TX.  HavenCon describes itself as “The First LGBTQIA Geek and Gaming Convention of Texas” so this will be an opportunity to find more fans of Tekumel.

In addition to HavenCon, other upcoming conventions include North Texas RPG Con, Celesticon, U-Con, M.A.G.E. events and GameHole Con.  If you are planning on running something Tekumel-related at an upcoming convention, please let us know!

In other news:

  • Choice of the Petal Throne is coming closer!  Be ready for a new text-based game for the world of Tekumel from Choice of Games.  Their latest release, Hero of Kendrickstone, has been a recent hit; go check it out!
  • Work progresses on The Man of Gold print release.  After that will be Flamesong and Prof. Barker’s other novels.
  • More cardboard minis from UNIgames are in the works!
  • The Tekumel Sourcebook is just about ready; a new scan of the back cover is the last major item to finish and then it can be released.


Off to Gary Con!

There will be a variety of Tekumel-related events at GaryCon this upcoming weekend in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  Now in its 7th year, GaryCon is clearly one of the best conventions around for Old School role-playing – which definitely includes Empire of the Petal Throne.  If you haven’t considered going, please go take a look at the GaryCon website and the range of events and activities going on. The dates for Gary Con VII are March 26th – 29th, 2015; pre-registration is closed, but onsite badges will be available.

The Foundation is happy to report that sales of The Man of Gold have been steady since its release as an ebook one month ago.  We’re also moving closer to its release as a print-on-demand book. One particular difference between the original DAW release and the latest edition is the addition of diacritical marks missing from the original paperback.  You can get the ebook for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo – we’re working to release it for iTunes, as well.



Sakbe Roads and New Games

Sakbe Road UNIgames

The Tékumel Foundation is very pleased to announce that three new foamcore kits have been approved for Tékumel, and are available from UNIgames, the publishers of Béthorm!  In addition to the Sakbe Road, there are two buildings – The Wayhouse of the Blue Sun and a smaller outbuilding.  The design of both buildings was inspired by drawings and illustrations made by Prof. Barker.

In addition to the foamcore kits, another game is in the works – this time to be played on your tablet, smartphone or PC via Steam.  The Foundation has been working closely with Choice of Games LLC to produce Choice of the Petal Throne; look for it shortly!

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!


The Man of Gold is now available!


The Tekumel Foundation is pleased to announce that The Man of Gold, Professor Barker’s first published novel, is now available as an e-publication from the following distributors:

Plans are underway for producing a print-on-demand version, which should be available shortly.  We are working to make Prof. Barker’s next novel, Flamesong, available later this year.  We hope you enjoy this new release, and we look forward to inviting a new generation of fantasy & science fiction readers to experience the world of Tekumel.

Coming soon!


The Tekumel Foundation is pleased to announce that The Man of Gold will soon be available as an eBook publication.  Working with noted author and publisher Leah Cutter of Knotted Road Press, the Foundation is in the final stages of preparing Prof. Barker’s first published novel for release.  Look for it soon!

Making Proposals

Readers of the Tekumel Mailing List will have seen recent statements about the foundation’s “response” to various proposals, specifically for “To Serve the Petal Throne” and “Qadardalikoi: Advance Standards.” To this point, we have not received these proposals, nor have we formulated or expressed any response to them, including licensing fees or charges. We cannot evaluate a proposal we have never seen.

In general, we really appreciate the efforts various fans of Tekumel undertake and share with others. If someone has a specific Tekumel-related project they would like to do, they should send a proposal to the Foundation. We’re happy to review proposals, make suggestions, and facilitate creative efforts, if it is something possible to pursue.

Best regards, and keep enjoying Tekumel!

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