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Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
5:20 pm
Proof of Progress
New post on the Tekumel Foundation blog: getting closer to a print-on-demand edition of The Man of Gold!
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
6:21 am
'Lokman Lam - digital artist'

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Do I have any idea what this “really” is?  No.  Does it matter?  No.  Some images just leap out at you - they belong on Tékumel regardless.

[Especially with that sword. ]

Friday, April 10th, 2015
8:54 am
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!
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
8:37 am
The Man of Gold is now available!
The Man of Gold is now available as an ebook!

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, February 6th, 2015
1:55 pm
Thursday, August 29th, 2013
12:09 pm
Not Particularly Unsafe Image, as Such Things Go

- This reminds me of why I like Tékumel: Go to Tsolyánu for Spring Break, you may not want to come back!

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…{The] common standard of female beauty is Tanulé, one of the Aspects of Avánthe, who is depicted as a slim girl with long black hair, triangular and piquant features, a retrousse nose and wide cheekbones. Curly or brown-streaked hair is considered unbeautiful, and light-coloured eyes are thought to be a sign of dishonesty…

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
12:35 pm
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
8:14 am
Tekumel Gaming: Malcolm Heath and Simone Cooper
The Tékumel Foundation is always interested in actual Tékumel gaming. As an example of this, we chatted recently with Malcolm Heath about his on-going Tékumel game with Simone Cooper. http://blog.tekumelfoundation.org/2013/02/04/tekumel-gaming-malcolm-heath-and-simone-cooper/
Sunday, January 13th, 2013
6:43 pm
Going to Arisia!
Hey there, Tekumel fans - I will be at Arisia 2013 in Boston, MA next weekend. Are there any Tekumel fans who would like to get together and game, gab or just hand out practicing their Tsolyani? I am arriving Thursday evening and leaving Monday night, so the weekend is open - except for that rather large SF convention. :)
Monday, January 7th, 2013
1:11 pm
New Tekumel Foundation post
peter gifford
Five questions with Peter Gifford!

The Foundation will update Tekumel fans on Facebook with links and other news from time to time. For more information, please visit the Tekumel Foundation, or the Foundation blog - thanks!
Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
1:56 pm
“Holmes on Empire of the Petal Throne”

- From The Zenopus Archives

As reported elsewhere, Professor M.A.R. Barker, creator of the world of Tékumel and several RPGs based on it including Empire of the Petal Throne (TSR, 1975), passed away a few days ago. Today also marks two years since the passing of Dr. Holmes. As a tribute to Professor Barker and his work, I've transcribed Holmes' review of EPT from his 1981 RPG book. I think it provides an excellent introduction to Tékumel for the uninitiated.

Review, AD 1981Collapse )
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
8:25 am
Professor MAR Barker 1929-2012

I can't BELIEVE no one in this “community” even noticed this. I'm only hearing about it NOW, by accident!

Professor MAR Barker 1929-2012

Press Release. Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 16, 2012

Professor Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman (MAR) Barker, known to his friends as “Phil,” died peacefully in home hospice on March 16, 2012 with his wife Ambereen Barker at his side.

Professor Barker is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ambereen.
Details on memorial services will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Tékumel Foundation are preferred.

Thank you Professor, for the inestimable gift of your imagination.

Rest in peace.

For cryin' out loud - is there anybody even ALIVE over here?!

Saturday, February 11th, 2012
2:10 pm
Something coming soon on DriveThru/RPGNow from Prof. M.A.R. Barker and the Tekumel Foundation...
Tekumel fans may be interested in the following upcoming release:

Original Empire of the Petal Throne
Saturday, February 4th, 2012
11:43 am
Blog post: The Eye of Joyful Sitting Amongst Friends
I've posted a new post on my blog called Delving into the Underworld, where I show some of the tidbits I host on my Tekumel website. I strung them together with the beginning of a Tsolyani story that I'm writing, my first endeavor into Tekumelani fiction.

I'd also like to mention an earlier post called Stop wringing your hands and start playing!, where I tell my method for starting to GMing on Tekumel. 

Just thought you'd like to know.

Thursday, April 21st, 2011
3:13 pm
New Tekumel Blog
I've started a new Tekumel blog called The Eye of Joyful Sitting Amongst Friends. I've been involved with the world of Tekumel since 1975 or so, and I've observed much of its history. Come by and say Hi.

P.S. I think my icon looks like a woman from Livyanu.
Monday, October 4th, 2010
6:55 pm
Tsolyáni Barbie


Y' know… it wouldn't be impossible. I've thought of kit-bashing Tékumeli action figures, but these days I'd never have that much free time.

Saturday, March 6th, 2010
10:38 am
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
3:08 pm
UCON 2008 Tekumel Track Call for Events
Greeting in Glory and in Peace!

Event registration for UCON 2008 has opened, and we are actively
soliciting events for the Tekumel Track.

The con takes place at the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor Michigan, on
the campus of the U of Michigan.

The convention dates are November 21st-23rd, 2008.

At least one of the authors of the latest release of game rules
(Guardians of Order's Tekumel: Empire of the Petal Throne) will
attend, and Tekumel fans from all over the world often make the trip
to Michigan for this convention.

But, in order for the Tekumel track to be a success, we need your
games and events, and we need them soon and in great numbers. There
are no requirements for any particular game system, style of game, or
really anything else, except that it should be Tekumel related. And
don't be shy if you've never run an event before - Tekumel players are
very nice people, open minded, and very welcoming!

Please help us out! Submit your events at http://www.ucon-gaming.org!


# Friday, August 29, 11:59pm - Event submission deadline (for pre-reg listing)
# Friday, September 5 - Events schedule available online
# Friday, October 24, 11:59pm - Event submission deadline (for onsite book)
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
9:50 pm
Tekumel on Squidoo
Since I've been spending quite a bit of time on squidoo for a couple of other projects and I noted that there wasn't anything on Tekumel there, I created a Tekumel on Squidoo page.

Please visit, post here letting me know what I can do to add info and content, correct any content there. You can add links directly to the page itself so if there are other sites out there noteworthy, please add them. Also you can vote the links up and down.
Monday, October 8th, 2007
8:33 pm
Tékumel: Empire of the Petal Throne: The Clanless Trilogy Part one, Episode One
[I recently joined a local games club that structures its game play into eight week rotations. So I offered to run something for a full session and have got five players for Patrick Brady and Edwin Voskamp's The Clanless Trilogy. Of the five, only one is a Tékumeli, but none of them have played before. This first session was actually run in the last week of the previous
rotation, simply as a quick hour or so to get everything set up and to give a little taster. I missed some of the minor details of scenario up until the attack, but that was due to it being run from memory.]

In the Foreign Quarter of Jakálla -- "The Princess of the River," several individuals each receive an invitation to attend a meeting in the Pé Chói enclave. In turn, each is a rising star within the Foreign Quarter, known for their skill and capability, but beyond its walls, is unknown and always will be. For each of them, as is every individual in the Foreign Quarter, is
nakomé, without either clan or status, and will never be regarded as anything more than foreign scum by the Tsolyáni citizens outside of their current circumstances.

The invitation has been extended by the Clan of the Standing Reed and offers promise of a high risk, very high payment undertaking. The meeting is to be held in a warehouse in the Pé Chói enclave, and is attended early that day by five disparate nakomé. They include a hobbling Livyáni scholar-priest; a Tsolyánu clanless warrior carrying a long sword and a black shield, and wearing plain armour that has been scoured free of all symbols; a tall gangly man with oddly light coloured hair, carrying a walking staff capped by a heavy worked stone head and wearing a piece of heavy bejewelled vambrace on his forearm; a lithe Tsolyáni woman of muscular build; and finally, a black-scaled saurian Shén with a huge axesword on his back, the most notable feature about him being his bronze-sheathed claws.

Out of the warehouse's gloom comes a bone-white Pé Chói who explains that they are safe here pointing to the simple dais of mats and the tray containing bottles and several cups. The quintet, knowledgeable already of Tsolyáni customs know to take their place on the lowest mat whilst the dancer considers the contents of the bottle, identifying it as Dsách-nn-ek,
a Pé Chói liquor that tastes a little strange on the human tongue which she knows to sip gently. Several of the others carefully follow her lead.

Suddenly the low light of the warehouse is blocked out by largest human that anyone of them has ever seen. A great N'lüss warrior, wearing ornate heavy armour marked in orange and yellow and with the clan symbol of the Clan of the Standing Reed, a Tsolyáni clan. When he removes his helm, he is revealed to be old and grey, but still with an unwavering gaze. He announces himself as Hrug of the Clan of the Standing Reed and states that he was once clanless.

Over the next few minutes, Hrug explains that he has come looking for the best amongst the nakomé of the Foreign Quarter to make an offer from an honourable and important Tsolyáni. It involves a highly dangerous job for which their talents are highly suited that must take place inside the Foreigner's Quarter against Mu'ugalavyáni gang. He tells them that the job must be done within two days and that if they wish to take up the task, his employer wishes to see them at midday.

Finally, Hrug says, "There is also the matter of payment. I think that it is excessive, but for successful completion of the task payment is sponsorship into my clan, the clan of the Standing Reed. If you succeed, I think you are the sort of people we want in our clan. So think of this as the entrance exam. On my honour, I say that I have spoken the truth to you in all that I have said..."

At the suggestion of the Livyáni the five introduce themselves. He as Arduvaz, a scholar-priest devotee of the Shadowed One and then Mikúsa as a warrior before Núromen announces that he is a hero of his tribe and bound for a great destiny. The woman gives her name as Rayána and says that she is a dancer. Finally, Shén simply states that his name is Shek'nass.

Hrug gets up to leave, but before exiting the warehouse, hands Arduvaz a roll of parchment. Everyone recognises this as a pass that will enable them to leave the Quarter and get themselves to the next meeting. With that he leaves.

The quintet follow, but cannot keep up with the giant stride of the N'lüss as he is joined and flanked by two fellow N'lüss warriors. Ahead of the quickly moving trio, Mikúsa notices that the boundary between the Pé Chói enclave and the next ghetto is oddly empty of people and as he scans his surroundings spots a dark shape on a nearby rooftop. Before he can utter a warning, the N'lüss warrior on Hrug's left gurgles and coughs blood, his throat skewered by the dark length of a crossbow bolt, as Hrug drops to one knee, his hand clutching his shoulder, pierced by another projectile.
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