The original manuscript for Empire of the Petal Throne is now available from DriveThru/RPG Now. Known as the "green cover" or "mimeo" version, it was 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 PDF product now available for purchase 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.
This version is a precursor to the game published shortly later by TSR, Inc. and contains a number of significant differences. However, it is in many ways is substantively similar to the later TSR publication, and is being produced more as a historical document than as a different product. Print-on-demand versions are in development and expected to be available by mid-March. "Tékumel" is a trademark of M.A.R. Barker; for more information about Tékumel, visit www.Tekumel.com.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Victor Raymond asked me to pass the following along, on behalf of the Tékumel Foundation: