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Shelby Michlin

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Finally have a minute to post about my Tekumel game over the past weekend. Grognards group via the Roll20.net virtual tabletop. They're still in a surrealistic bethorm, very different from the lands they know. I'm afraid that I duplicated one character with a magical trap, and the party chose to kill the one they hoped was the 'imposter.' I kept picturing 'bad Kirk' shouting, "I wanna live! I wanna live!"
This Is How We Roll. Roll20 is a suite of easy-to-use digital tools that expand pen-and-paper gameplay. Whether you play online via our virtual tabletop or in person utilizing our character sheet and dice rolling application, Roll20 will save you time and help you focus on enhancing your ...
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Greetings yall i am looking for a group of players and a dungeon master(or whatever the games master is called in runequest) for a tekumel conversion using the runequest ruleset(by the way some knowledge of the runequest ruleset and a knowledge of the tekumel setting is required for the prospective dm)!
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Shelby Michlin

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We had a very intense session of my 1st ed AD&D Tekumel game this past weekend. A cave-in under Jakalla trapped the party within a nest of Hluss. I used my miniatures and floor tiles to good effect, and the grind is making the poor lost humans feel very vulnerable. Hopefully there won't be a TPK, but because I'd previewed my intentions of running a cinematic Call of Cthulhu adventure in the near future, the gang felt ready to cope if they all lose their characters! And this coming weekend, the second Tekumel group!
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Will Arnold

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This is what I imagine an Eye -- carefully dusted and oiled -- from Tekumel to look like.
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This is fantastic. My only observation would be that many eyes are marked with later inscriptions in Tsaqw, Bednjallan, or whatever. This is pristine.
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Zhu Bajiee

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On p.34 of Empire of the Petal Throne, there is a wonderful illustration of a priest of Durritlámish about to sacrifice a female to his dark god. The unfortunate sacrifice appears to be blonde - which would be highly unusual for Tékumel. Is their any rationale for this oddity? 
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Blondes are rare but not unheard of. There is a Senior Priestess of Dalemish who is blonde.
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Jeff Dee

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The new Bethorm RPG adventure, Pillars of Glass, is now available as a PDF from RPGNow and its affiliates. Get it HERE!

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/181372/Pillars-of-Glass
Pillars of Glass - The site dates from at least the Bednálljan period, and may be connected with the Pariah God known as the One Oth
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Great! I just happened to be in an urgent need of an Bednalljan underworld, so the timing is perfect! :)
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Scott Kellogg

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A bit of a long-shot grovel here, but what the heck. Does anyone have issues 1-3 of the Excellent Travelling Volume available for sale?
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Scott Kellogg

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What's going on at U-Con this year? It's the first time that I'll be able to attend (previous collisions with my wife's birthday). We both want to play Tekumel games.
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That would be most welcome! We play Tekumel games in many systems at U-Con.

I will be sure to post in this Community when event submission opens. If you prefer to get news from the source, there is U-Con Community on Google+ here:
https://plus.google.com/communities/105220288704859941174 It's pretty quiet, but the do post the official announcements.
The U-Con staff seems to prefer Facebook as their main mode of communication, they have  Facebook Group page here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ucongamingcommunity/
They do also have a website, and you can use it to subscribe to their email list, look for the link in the right column:
http://www.ucon-gaming.org/
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Shannon Mac

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Anyone running this online? If so I'd love to get some more exposure to the setting.
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Stephen Gunnell

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It is a really long shot but are there any lurkers here going to Swancon 41 over Easter?
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I remember playtest games 30 years ago of Credo 2: Sword of Islam at Gloranthacon Down Under.  Has it really been that long?
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Will Arnold

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Actual Play Report
 
EPThursday - This Time, It's Personal
So, I’m going to try to do some recurring posts.  First up, I will designate Thursday as Empire
of the Petal Thursday or EPThursday.  I
will attempt to recount the exploits of my Wednesday night games run by James. Last night, we were in the clan house of t...
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This community is for enthusiasts and newcomers to M.A.R. Barker's world of Tekumel, the first roleplaying setting, originally published by TSR in 1975, a year after D&D. #tekumel
 
I've done a small reprint of issues #1–4, which are available for purchase below.
Each issue of The Excellent Travelling Volume is initially limited to 200 copies, after which it goes out of print. However, every fifth new issue, I will make the previous four issues available on…
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Being late to the party, I've very excited by this. All five issues ordered, and thanks!
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Jeff Dee

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My latest Kickstarter project ends Sunday! We're fully funded, with tons of stretch goals unlocked. Check it out now:

The Kurt Hills Fantasy Atlas is a detailed map and guide to the Empire of Tsolyánu's Kúrt Hills region from the Tékumel / Empire of the Petal Throne fantasy RPG setting. Usable with Béthorm: the Plane of Tékumel or any Tékumel-based RPG, and a fascinating read for any fan of science-fantasy!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeffdee/kurt-hills-fantasy-atlas
Detailed map & guide to the Empire of Tsolyánu's Kúrt Hills region, for the Tékumel / Empire of the Petal Throne fantasy RPG setting!
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Funding completed! We're deeply gratified at having raised over 4x our original funding goal. Thank you to everyone who contributed! We're on track to deliver the books by the end of July, and the maps probably sooner than that. Onward!
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Pookie UK

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For Cultured Friends V: a review of The Excellent Travelling Volume #5, the fanzine by +James Maliszewski for TSR, Inc.'s Empire of the Petal Throne: The World of Tékumel.
The fifth issue of The Excellent Travelling Volume continues James Maliszewski’s support for TSR Inc.’s Empire of the Petal Throne: The World of Tékumel, only the third RPG to be published and the first to come with its own ...
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Ah! I didn't notice. Very well.
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Andreas Davour

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While I find Bethorm a intriguing and fine game, there's one thing I find takes time (especially with contacts), and that is generating pre-gens to entice my players with. Not only that, creating a set that work well together is even harder.

Anyone have generated some characters they feel like sharing?

Yeah, I know I'm lazy.
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Thanks +Jeff Dee! I will probably post my characters online as well if I create some.
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Jeff Dee

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My new Kickstarter project is now live!

The Kurt Hills Fantasy Atlas is a detailed map and guide to the Empire of Tsolyánu's Kúrt Hills region from the Tékumel / Empire of the Petal Throne fantasy RPG setting. Usable with Béthorm: the Plane of Tékumel or any Tékumel-based RPG, and a fascinating read for any fan of science-fantasy!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeffdee/kurt-hills-fantasy-atlas
Detailed map & guide to the Empire of Tsolyánu's Kúrt Hills region, for the Tékumel / Empire of the Petal Throne fantasy RPG setting!
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Funding completed! We're deeply gratified at having raised over 4x our original funding goal. Thank you to everyone who contributed! We're on track to deliver the books by the end of July, and the maps probably sooner than that. Onward!
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Shelby Michlin

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Hey, if you remember TableMaster, software that let you create and run rpg tables on your computer, you'll be pleased to know that the author is rewriting the software for use on modern machines. Don't know about you, but I can see myself using it with my Judges Guild stuff, and for Traveller, within an hour of when he releases it! His link is below; he's got a blog, and he's asking for input. I can't wait!
wintertreeredux.com
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Someone else mentioned Tablesmith. I'll give that a look, too.
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Shelby Michlin

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We played another session of my 1st ed AD&D hack of Tekumel this past Saturday. This was the “Kids & Parents” group. They're still hunting H'luss in the Tsu'urum beneath Jakalla. There was some significant fighting which almost ended in a TPK. They also came across some N'luss, only one of which was still alive. And finally, an encounter with a Whooper on their way home. Fortunately no one died this time (there was a death last game), and there will be lots of PCs doing some training when we regroup next time. (Provided they get across Jakalla safely.) Loads of fun, teaching Tekumel to the next generation of gamers!
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Mikael Tuominen

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What are Tsolyani wines like?
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Corrections: the red wine is not necessarily dry. The north of Tsolyanu (and maybe Yan Kor) drink a purple wine made from a plum-like fruit called Dlel. The Salarvyani drink Dronu, thick, black, sweetish, made from yet a third kind of fruit. There are lots of different beverages, including analogs to beer, whisky, brandy, and a variety of psychoactive and addictive liqueurs collectively called tsuhoridu.
Sourcebook 1.415 "Economy" gives names and brief descriptions.
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Shelby Michlin

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Anyone know a symbol that would represent the Pariah God "She Who Must Not Be Named," the "Goddess of the Pale Bone?" I'd like to emblazon an item. Sure, I bet there's a Sunuz glyph, or something, and I suppose you could describe a "bone shape," but that's a lame and obvious description. I'm looking for something like the symbols for Pavar's deities that can be found on Tekumel.com, or in Mitlyanal. Appreciate your help, thanks.
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OK, I'll take that and run with it. Maybe a three-armed 'spiral' in a circle. Will do for now. (game is on Sunday)
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