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Empire of the Petal Throne (Original Manuscript)

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This is the original manuscript for Empire of the Petal Throne, produced in the Spring of 1974 in a limited and confidential run of fifty copies for the World of Tékumel, the creation of Professor M.A.R. Barker. This is the first time this original manuscript has been published or made available to the general public. The rules contained herein are a precursor to the game published shortly later by TSR, Inc. and have a number of significant differences from that later version.  However, this version in many ways is substantively similar to the later TSR version, and is being presented more as a historical document than as a different product.

This netbook was prepared from a copy taken directly from Prof. Barker’s archive, and is presented with each facing page containing the text of the original manuscript. By purchasing this netbook, you will be able to enjoy some of the prehistory of Tékumel gaming.

The Tekumel Foundation recognizes that some of the legacy content available on this website does not reflect the values of the World of Tekumel. While Prof. M.A.R. Barker created the World of Tekumel, he also held anti-Semitic and racist beliefs, which he expressed under pseudonyms. Some Tekumel content may reflect these beliefs, which were wrong then and are wrong today. Facsimile editions are presented as originally created because to do otherwise would erase the record of Prof. Barker’s actions and beliefs.

The World of Tekumel is an alien and fantastic world with its own diversity, far removed from the prejudices of the real world. However, we reject the racist and anti-Semitic beliefs of its creator. The Tekumel Foundation is committed to making products for the World of Tekumel as welcoming and inclusive as possible. A portion of all sales of Tekumel products goes to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and to Holocaust education charities.

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July 2nd, 2013
I found this old classic by chance and quite enjoyed it. One of our hobby's handful of great feats of world building, though less known these days. In contrast with some reviewers, however, I found the delivered interleaved format awkward on my [...]
Adrian S. [Featured Reviewer]
March 20th, 2012
Empire of the Petal Throne is a manuscript which anyone interested in old-school gaming, or simply has a desire to revisit older RPGs must have. The fact that this has been able to be replicated (after an original print run of only fifty confidential [...]
Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
February 26th, 2012
A rare and ancient artefact! If you have a mental entry-point to the world named "Tekumel" or "EPT" then you may get rather excited about this document which was originally released prior to TSR's 1975 release of this D&D based [...]
erik f. t. t. [Featured Reviewer]
February 20th, 2012
If you are like me, you've heard of M.A.R. Barker's Empire of the Petal Throne but have never actually come across it. As far as I can tell, this was the first setting / house rule publication based of the grand daddy of all RPG - The Original Boxed Se [...]
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