Though not strictly “swords and lasers,” Tekumel: Empire of the Petal Throne still evokes the spirit of Of Swords and Lasers Week with its extraordinary depth the presence of strange technology that lies at the mysterious heart of this long-beloved, highly complex setting. Tekumel was one of the first – and most elaborate – settings ever created for shared storytelling and roleplaying. Professor M.A.R. Barker was very much like Tolkien in his passion for languages, elaborate histories, and all the trappings needed to bring an imaginary world to life.
TEKUMEL®: 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!
Sean Patrick Fannon
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