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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, errata for the original game, a map of the City of Jakalla, a b&w map of the Five Empires, and a citizenship document for Tsolyanu, the Empire of the Petal Throne!

Hardcover and softcover: 140pp. PDF: 140pp. [nb: Empire of the Petal Throne is the original role-playing game for The World of Tékumel and is not the same as the Guardians of Order RPG, 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). You can find the archives of the Blur Room at - the official website of the World of Tekumel!  The articles once offered on the Blue Room are available once again, along with new material for the World of Tekumel.


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John L October 17, 2017 1:29 am UTC
It is not unclear.

"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 [...] Included with the rules is a four page set of charts and tables, errata for the original game..."

This is a reprint of the rules that started it all.
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Alan B October 16, 2017 10:12 pm UTC
Does this include the rules in the book? It's a bit unclear? If not, which ruleset is best for this game?
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Lloyd R November 04, 2015 2:01 am UTC
It sure would be nice to have a print version, so we didn't have to print it out. Would that be possible, Victor Raymond?
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Victor R November 04, 2015 6:39 am UTC
Already in the works. We're working on providing a better scan of the original material, along with a couple of additions to the book to cover the differences between the TSR and DW editions. When we make the POD version available, we will also update the PDF so that people who have already purchased it simply need to download the updated version.
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Seth W June 07, 2017 12:37 am UTC
Thank you for creating a print version of this amazing book! Do you have any more information on when this might be available?
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Victor R October 16, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
You can get it now!
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Dyson L March 03, 2015 9:59 pm UTC
Just a quick note to anyone printing this out - there are two copies of page 97 in the PDF, so you want to skip one if you want to keep the pagination working properly.
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Victor R October 16, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
Should be fixed in the new PDF. Thanks for pointing that out!
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