The Tékumel Foundation

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

Now available: Notes from the Thursday Night Group

Notes from the Thursday Night Group was originally a booklet printed in limited copies and sold at the U-Con gaming convention a decade ago.  The booklet is written as a series of vignettes that offer a rare glimpse into both the everyday events and the secret rituals that are intrinsic to the vast and richly detailed world of Professor M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. These stories were taken from games played by the Thursday Night Group in Professor Baker’s home. Rather than entire game sessions, these are highlights taken from gaming sessions that include a day at the Hirilákte arena, witnessing a midnight ritual of the mysterious Pé Chói, notes on the hideous hybrid people of the Nyaggá, and a detailed account of a ritual of revivification and an after-death experience in the Isles of Teretané.

While this is a slender volume, it provides never  before published primary information, making it an invaluable resource for the game masters and those who wish to learn more about the vast world of Tékumel.  By purchasing it, you will help us make other Tekumel material available in the future.  Currently, a softcover version is available; a hard-cover version will be added in the very near future.  Order your copy today!

Coming Soon!

Notes from Thursday Night Group

Coming soon on RPGNow and DriveThruRPG – the first print-on-demand product from the Tekumel Foundation: Notes from the Thursday Night Group.  This is a new edition of a booklet originally written and prepared by Giovanna Fregni about the adventures of the Thursday Night Group around Lake Parunal, Tumissa, and the Isles of the Excellent Dead.  By purchasing the softcover or hardcover, you will help the Foundation in producing new material for the World of Tekumel.  Look for a release in the very near future!

Just three days left!

There are just three days remaining in the Kickstarter for Béthorm: the Plane of Tékumel RPG – and it is just $800 away from the final stretch goal!  Please consider backing this new role-playing game for the World of Tékumel.  The Kickstarter ends on Sunday, April 13 2014 11:59 PM CDT.

What Every Old School gamer should have

Nice video about Empire of the Petal Throne, Runequest, and Bushido.  Very cool – and some fun interference from a VERY young gamer.  Kudos to Hedgehobbit for mentioning Tekumel!

 

Adventures on Tekumel at GaryCon VI

TFound-GaryConVI-game

There were three Empire of the Petal Throne games at GaryCon VI this past weekend:

  • The Jakallan Underworld: a party of adventurers dedicated to Karakan and Thumis questing for gold and glory were led astray by a disembodied brain of a priestess of Dlamelish.  Drawn into the inner sanctums of the Temple of the Green Eyed Lady of Sins, only one of the party escaped the wrath of the Goddess and her minions.
  • Hard Times in Pijnar: this was a pick-up game, in which four Tinaliya charged with protecting a large device of the Ancients found that their Livyani master had been assassinated and the Mu’ugalavyani were invading the city.  They discerned how to operate the large, slow moving vehicle and began to escape the city.  All seemed to go well until the Lightning Bringer outside the city walls was brought to bear.  If they had only tried to use their Eye of Retaining All Things….
  • Fishing in Lake Parunal: agents of Baron Ald were sent to Lake Parunal to seek aid from the Nyagga – or so they were told.  Intrigue and danger awaited them in the fishing town on the shores of the lake.  But they were surprised to discover that they just might be some truth to the rumors which led them there originally.  After a terrible combat in a domed chamber under the lake, the party defeated their onetime source of information and were returned to the surface.  They may not have secured any help from the mysterious aquatic race, but they did capture two Eyes.

In addition, there were lots of discussions of Tekumel with fans, including Bill Hoyt, Mark Siefert, Mark Eggert, Adam Thornton, and many others!

(photo courtesy of Mark CMG; visit the www.creativemountaingames.com blog)

Béthorm: Plane of Tékumel Kickstarter – last ten days!

With the initial amount raised, and seven stretch goals realized, the Béthorm: the Plane of Tékumel RPG Kickstarter has been a grand success so far.  However, Jeff Dee and Unigames still have five more stretch goals to unlock.  If you haven’t made a pledge, think about doing that today.  Here’s the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeffdee/bethorm-the-plane-of-tekumel-rpg

Support the Béthorm: Plane of Tékumel RPG!

The Béthorm: Plane of Tékumel RPG Kickstarter project is now live! Please go to the Kickstarter homepage for this project and help make it a reality!

 

Concrete Cow!

Hi to all in the UK, this is just a quick note to let you all know that I’ll be down at Concrete Cow for some pre-viva relaxation and gaming. I’m looking forward to meeting more Tekumel fans in person.

For those of you who might not have seen the notices, here’s a link: http://www.ukroleplayers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=98&t=16458

Another 40th Anniversary…

OD&D Men & Magic cover

OD&D Men & Magic cover

It’s the 40th Anniversary of the release of Original Dungeons & Dragons (OD&D)!  As Jon Peterson has already chronicled, sometime in January 1974 was the original public release date for Original Dungeons & Dragons.  It is a anniversary well worth celebrating, as it was the start of a huge shift in popular culture around the world.

Somewhat less well known is the fact that Michael Mornard – better known as “Old Geezer” in online RPG forums – was the person who introduced Professsor Barker to OD&D in the fall of 1973.  Professor Barker was the faculty advisor for the Conflict Simulation Association (CSA), a student organization at the University of Minnesota.  Michael began attending meetings of the CSA, and it was there he began running his own OD&D game, and as a result, gave Professor Barker an opportunity to experience OD&D.  Later, in early 1974, Professor Barker produced the “green cover” or “mimeo” set of rules for what would become Empire of the Petal Throne.

As part of the process of cataloging Professor Barker’s vast collection of games and material related to Tekumel, we discovered Professor Barker’s copy of OD&D.  When we looked inside the covers, though, we discovered that Professor Barker not only signed the books but dated them as well.  We hope you enjoy these photos, courtesy of Bob Alberti.

OD&D Men & Magic inside cover with Prof. Barker's signature

OD&D Men & Magic inside cover with Prof. Barker’s signature

OD&D Monsters & Treasure cover

OD&D Monsters & Treasure cover

OD&D Monsters & Treasure inside cover with Prof. Barker's signature

OD&D Monsters & Treasure inside cover with Prof. Barker’s signature

OD&D Underworld and Wilderness Adventures cover

OD&D Underworld and Wilderness Adventures cover

OD&D Underworld and Wilderness Adventures inside cover with Prof. Barker's signature

OD&D Underworld and Wilderness Adventures inside cover with Prof. Barker’s signature

Tekumel at Con of the North

There will be a Tekumel track at Con of the North, February 14th-16th, 2014.  Con of the North is the Twin Cities longest running games convention, held at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West:

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441
(494 and 55 on the West side of the metro)

Brett Slocum, John Till, and a bunch of other Twin Cities Tekumel fans will be running a series of events that should veritably transport you beyond the Pylons to the world of Tekumel.  While pre-registration is closed, at the door registration is quite affordable.  Please check it out!

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