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Brett Slocum
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I've come up with a rule for equipment for convention games. Since I'm playtesting the system, I don't make pregens. I have players roll up new characters, and choosing equipment takes a long time.
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What about professionals, like physicians, apothecary, magic users, etc.? I figure that the character has what they need to perform the skills they have. Anything much beyond that requires a equipment checkbox. Referees may rejigger these things to suit their campaigns and settings. I'm also very liberal with Dilettantes. They can have pretty much whatever they want with Referee oversight. Now that I think of it, I might let Dilettantes use their checkboxes for truly ostentatious displays of wealth. 
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Si W

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Hello, I'm new to all things Tekumel, but I have a rulebook for the 1975 version of EPT in its box. Were there ever any "official" character sheets published for EPT? I couldn't see one in the rulebook, though it is pretty intense and I may have missed it.
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Growing Up on Tekumel would probably have been Gardasiyal sheets.
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Issue #2 is now available at the link below. Only 200 copies have been printed and just under a third have already sold, so I expect this will sell out pretty quickly, just like issue #1.
The Excellent Travelling Volume is a 28-page, digest-sized print-only fanzine dedicated to Empire of the Petal Throne, the first roleplaying game set on M.A.R. Barker's world of Tékumel and is produced under license from the Tékumel Foundation. Issue #1 was released in December 2014 and is ...
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It's a moral imperative.
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Chirine ba Kal

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My Valentine, 1987 Last week's cold turned into full-fledged bronchitis, and I would up flat on my back for the better part of three days. I'm back at work, after several days off, just in time for the record cold temperature...
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Samwise Seven RPG

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I just got my physical copy of Bethorm.  :)
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I then got to attempt to describe to my wife what Tekumel was.  :)  Surprisingly the conversation has never come up before. 
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Tekumel: Empire of the Petal Throne board game at the Dundracon 39, 2015 with 5 players and lasted 2.5 hours.
Apologies to those who signed up, I was 15 minutes late due to traffic.
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As a rising member of your clan in M.A.R. Barker's Tekumel, you seek glory by performing missions across the Tsolyani Empire and to nearby countries. Simple hero creation and mechanics. Complexity is in the cards and their usage with opportunities to hamper other players. 
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David Ackerman

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A great Bethorn game at DundraCon last weekend. It's the first time I've gamed in Tekumel in decades and it was a blast. GM came very prepared and presented a wonderful and colorful set of characters for us. Special kudos to Chris Hockabout for brilliant role playing of a love smitten Ahoggya bodyguard.
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Saul had them pre-generated so I'm not sure. Play was very smooth though.
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Andreas Davour

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I've been thinking of setting an adventure in a limited space, as to limit the players to the strangeness of Tekumel. The idea I've got was to stay all within a clan house for the whole session.

Anyone have any ideas for things that can happen within the clan house?
Are there any maps or plans of how a typical clan house looks like?

I've found this: http://www.tekumel.com/eoasw1_06.html which was really good, but if you have more to suggest I'm all ears!
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Good suggestions all. Thanks!
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Barry Blatt

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Barry Blatt originally shared:
 
I found my old and long neglected Tekumel website and have recycled a bit of nonsense there...

#Tekumel  

http://expanduniver.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/scarabomancy.html
Ohe!  Let it be known among the wise that the ancient and most perfect art of Scarabomancy has been rediscovered and that lectures in such will commence in Tumissa on 12 Fesru, at the gong of Awakening in Azure at the Templ...
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Brett Slocum
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Here's the beautiful flyer that +Larry Lade made for the Tekumel Track at Con of the North. 
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That is gorgeous!
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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

Chirine ba Kal

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Yes. Kashi and Gayel do light up. Yesterday was one of those days that remind me of why I have been doing this for the past forty years. I had the some of the members of the younger guys' high school D & D group in for a ski...
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Jeff Dee

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New for Bethorm: the Plane of Tekumel RPG!

28mm scale Sakbe Road foamcore model kit. Easy to build, and a wonderful addition to any Tekumel-based tabletop RPG or miniatures game.

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/145297/Sakbe-Road-Foamcore-Kit
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My collection so far.  :)  I am sure that I will track down more products in the years to come.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHFvMBl8TNs
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Original painting for the original US edition of The Man of Gold for sale.
This is the painting that was used for the cover for the 1984 DAW paperback edition of The Man of Gold. Starting bid is US $5,499.00
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Somebody's an optimist. The market for original book cover art used to be pretty big, but the bottom fell out of it few years ago - some of the people in the field told me that it was over the unsavory goings on with the Frank Frazetta art work that was being touted at that time. The last big fling of the moneyed collectors was in the D&D cover art, but that's due to scarcity - a lot of that original artwork was lost at the time the TSR building in Lake Geneva was cleaned out.

I wish the seller well, but I don't think they'll get what they want.
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John Till

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I discovered that I have played a wider spread of Tekumel systems and games than I had thought.
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John Till

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Yikes! I still need to do my con report on the Tekumel track at U-Con in November, but here is one on the Tekumel track games I participated in at Con of the North this past weekend! 
Ahoggya under watchful human eyes For the second year in a row, Brett Slocum organized a Tekumel track at Con of the North, one of the largest gaming conventions in the Upper Midwest. This year's track featured 40 hours of ...
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Nice report!
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Ordered and downloaded.
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Chirine ba Kal

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My original Tsolyani citizenship document from 1976  Plague still walks upon the land hereabouts; The Missus and I are still dealing with our cases of bronchitis - we thought it was just a nasty cold, but we were wrong. She...
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Brett Slocum
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And here is the lovely old school flyer for the schedule from +Glenn Holmer. Thanks, guys for the help. 
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Way cool. Thanks for posting all the con related pics.
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Chirine ba Kal

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Nothing like a little lead in my diet, I always say... This will be a very quick update; both The Missus and I have nasty colds. We've been pretty stressed out for the past several weeks by all of the hullabaloo and drama sur...
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