Welcome to a world as complex and fascinating as our own, but unlike anything you have ever experienced. Welcome to Tékumel, the creation of Professor M.A.R. Barker. This is an incredibly detailed science fantasy world, and the basis for the first complete world setting published by TSR Hobbies. Empire of the Petal Throne
is a classic of the gaming genre, setting the standard for everything that followed after it.
A rich, complex world and a complete set of rules, Empire of the Petal Throne includes rules for character generation, magic, monsters, adventuring, societies and languages. It is set in the 2,354th Year “After the Seal” – the accession of the first Emperor of Tsolyánu, just before the events chronicled in Man of Gold, the first of several novels written by Prof. Barker. Included with the rules is a four page set of charts and tables and the cover of the original boxed set. 127pp. [nb: Empire of the Petal Throne is the original role-playing game for The World of Tékumel and is not the same as the more recent release from Guardians of Order, Tékumel: Empire of the Petal Throne.]
The most venerable collection of Tékumel information and publications long resided at the Blue Room, an ftp site that also hosted the excellent Blue Room Mailing List (Professor Barker was a regular contributor to the list). While the Blue Room and its list are currently no more, the articles on the site are available once again, along with new material for the World of Tekumel.