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The Tekumel Sourcebook provides a wide-ranging survey of the World of Tekumel, specifically the Five Empires and surrounding lands as of 2358 A.S. - history, geography, customs, architecture, religion, magic, languages and much, much more!  An invaluable resource for players and gamemasters of Tekumel!

This is a reprint of the original Gamescience edition of the Tekumel Sourcebook, published in 1983 as a boxed set with maps as Swords & Glory, Volume 1.  The new printing includes an index and glossary, entirely new to this edition.  (The maps are sold separately.)

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Zachary K August 26, 2017 2:46 am UTC
Is this a scan without any OCR, or is there searchable text included as well? As a blind gamer, scans alone are useless for me, but searchable text is sometimes okay if the quality is decent.
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Michael S July 08, 2016 3:23 pm UTC
What happened to the PoD version?

Also, is there any update on whether an oversized, enlarged print of this book is possible?
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Christopher W July 12, 2016 3:50 pm UTC
I was wondering the same thing...I was just about to buy the hardcover edition as a birthday gift for it is gone.
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Victor R August 06, 2016 3:33 am UTC
We've been in communication with DriveThru, and are waiting for new proof copies. Once those arrive and are all in order, we will re-release the book. Thank you for being patient!
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Christopher W August 18, 2016 5:00 am UTC
Thank you. Waiting...
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Angel T October 02, 2016 8:10 pm UTC
Re-available in POD!!
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Jeremy F October 23, 2015 8:27 pm UTC
This is a scan of the original book. The original book was hard to read due to small type and dense spacing. By its nature, a scan does not make it any more pleasant to read.
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Victor R October 24, 2015 5:37 am UTC
You're right; any reprint of the original meant that it would have *really* small type. We have competing demands for the Tekumel "legacy line" - people who want something as close as possible to the original, and people who want old material re-presented in a new format (as well as new material). A reformatted version with updated art (and a searchable PDF version) are still in the works for later release.
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Mark M October 24, 2015 5:34 pm UTC
Any estimate on when the reformatted version will appear?
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Michael S October 24, 2015 7:47 pm UTC
I'm looking forward to the reformatted edition. In the meantime, would it be possible to print an oversized hardcopy, larger than 8.5"x11", to make it easier to read? That's how Goodman Games reprinted the original Metamorphosis Alpha, which had tiny print similar to this book.
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Victor R October 25, 2015 7:53 pm UTC
We're working on getting Prof. Barker's novels back in print, along with reprints of older products as well as new ones. A reformatted Sourcebook with updated art will be after that, so not in the immediate near future.
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Victor R October 25, 2015 7:53 pm UTC
That's worth considering! Thanks for the suggestion!
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George H October 31, 2015 4:47 am UTC
I have no enthusiasm for a "legacy line," and I doubt many fans would prefer "close to the original" over readable and searchable. New art would be a nice bonus, but just get the text out, indexed and searchable, and we'll buy it. I will poll the Tekumel fans at UCon in a few weeks to see if I'm wrong about this.
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