Amidst all the Sturm und Drang regarding Ron Edwards's recent article, it's very easy to forget that there is other content in issue 6 of Fight On! -- 120 pages of it, in fact. I'm still working my way through the current issue, so it'll likely be a few more days before I do a formal review/commentary on it, but I did want to highlight one -- of many -- reasons why I think Fight On! is a remarkable periodical: it includes articles for use with the original Empire of the Petal Throne game.
Indeed, every issue since the second has included an article dedicated to EPT and that's an amazing thing. Even more amazing, I think, is that these articles appear with the blessing of EPT's creator, M.A.R. Barker. EPT's setting, Tékumel has a much-deserved reputation for being impenetrable to those initiated into its mysteries, but that impenetrability is, in my opinion, a function more of later additions and expansions to the setting rather than anything stemming from EPT itself. By my lights, the Tékumel presented in EPT is very accessible and largely consonant with most sword-and-planet literary/gaming conventions In other words, it's a perfect world for old school gaming of the sort that interests me these days.
I've stated before that I think it's a pity that Tékumel scares so many gamers off. As with many other settings I could mention -- the Third Imperium, Glorantha, to cite two examples -- Tékumel grew in accordance with the great gamer vice of "More! More! More!" The end result is something that, while fascinating as a work of one man's imagination, is simply too intimidating for most roleplayers. The original EPT is largely free of that and that's why it's so great to see articles about it in Fight On! Perhaps more people will finally give it a whirl and enjoy it, not as a work of fantasy ethnology and linguistics, but as a very open-ended science fantasy sandbox game that has way more in common with Howard, Vance, and Burroughs than it might appear at first glance.