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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!

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Progress is made in small steps

The re-issue of the Tekumel Sourcebook is just about ready to go for proof production.  The index will be in a two-column format, rather than three column, for readability.  Additionally, the sections of the Sourcebook will be bookmarked, so readers of the PDF copy will be able to go right to the section they are interested in.  Once the proof copy is reviewed and approved, it will be released through DriveThruRPG.com as a PDF ebook, as a POD (print-on-demand) physical book, and together as a bundle. Assuming the proof of production is approved quickly, the Sourcebook should be available by Memorial Day.

With the re-release of Ral Partha miniatures, and the availability of 28mm miniatures from the Tekumel Project, there is growing interest in building miniature collections for Tekumel.  We are working on a re-release of the army lists for the Five Empires as well as the military-related articles which appeared after the publication of Empire of the Petal Throne.

Sales of The Man of Gold have been highly satisfactory – we’re working on making The Man of Gold available through the iTunes store as well as for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.  Choice of the Petal Throne has also been doing very well – there is a very positive review of the game by James Maliszewski on the Black Gate website.  Many people over the years have asked for an introduction to the complexities of Tekumel; the Foundation hopes these two releases are a step in that direction.

Because of all of the production work required this spring and early summer, we won’t be able to attend North Texas RPG Convention.  However, Jeff Dee will be there – it will be a great opportunity to play Bethorm with its creator, as well as getting some of the other marvelous products for Tekumel UNIgames has available.  North Texas RPG Convention will be June 4th-7th, in Fort Worth, Texas.

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!

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.

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