Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tekumel Foundation News


July 27, 2011
Minneapolis, MN


The Tékumel Foundation is proud to announce that on Saturday, June 11th, 2011 Professor Barker's Tékumel materials and wargaming supplies were moved from his home to secure, climate-controlled storage. This project was long and carefully planned and carried out with the blessing and encouragement of Professor Barker and his wife Ambereen and the assistance of dedicated volunteers, some of whom flew in from out of state.

The Tékumel Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Professor M.A.R. Barker and building an archive of Tékumel memorabilia and documents. Foundation members assisted by Lady Anka’a and various Tékumel fans catalogued, photographed, carefully boxed and transported these materials to a secure climate-controlled storage area in less than 10 hours. Items secured include Professor Barker’s globe of Tékumel, the scale model Temple of Vimúhla first displayed at GenCon IX in 1976, private maps, papers and other interesting and diverse items including unpublished material – exactly how much or what is still to be determined.

There is still much work to be done. Paper items need to be digitally scanned to secure storage; items may need to be repaired and/or restored. Items not directly connected to Tékumel must be organized, including wargaming materials, fanzines of the 1950’s, and games that at various times had been sent to Professor Barker for review.  Fortunately, the Tékumel Foundation has people with the necessary skills to assist with this enormous project.  It is hoped Professor Barker’s papers will yield new material for Tékumel, and we are optimistic that there is “good new stuff” to be published.

For more information, please contact the Tékumel Foundation –



  1. That is excellent. I wish that Gygax had been able to do that with his material (especially Greyhawk). I have also heard tales that Dave Arneson left a storage locker full of material that went to a random buyer since his estate let the locker payment languish (although I have also heard that this storage locker worth of material went to a knowledge buyer. There is a thread about this on the Acaeum).

  2. Victor, as always, thanks for keeping me updated on the work of the Foundation. To echo what Jason just said, it's a pity that similar efforts weren't made to secure and preserve the gaming-related materials of Gygax and Arneson. I fear it's too late to do that now, but at least Professor Barker's legacy is secure.

  3. Very cool.

    It's nice to see some good quality photos of the model of the Temple of Vimhula, I've been intrigued by the model since I first looked at the Tekumel issue of The Dragon from the CD-ROM several years ago.


  4. Victor,

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news!