Professor M.A.R. Barker devoted over 50 years to creating the World of Tékumel, developing it into a vivid science-fantasy setting with rich backgrounds and unique cultural identities. Inspired not only by the pulp SF and fantasy of the mid-20th century, but also by the rich civilisations of Moghul India, Ancient Egypt and he Aztecs, Tékumel sets the stage for a role-playing experience unlike any other.
Professor M. A. R. Barker
Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman Barker was professor of Urdu and South Asian Studies and Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies at the University of Minnesota. Professor Barker created one of the first roleplaying games, Empire of the Petal Throne, and has authored several fantasy / science fantasy novels based in his associated world setting of Tékumel.
Ambereen Barker is the widow of Professor Barker and holds a degree in Literature from Sir George Williams College in Montreal.
Victor is a reader, writer, role-player, and sometime miniatures player. He is also an academic, activist and raconteur. Addicted to books, chocolate and good conversation. Victor first started playing Tékumel in 1978, and joined the Thursday Night Group in 1985. With Prof. Barker and Giovanna Fregni, Victor co-authored the Tékumel Bestiary. Victor is currently an instructor for the Sociology Department of Des Moines Area Community College.
Stephen Hearn was raised in New York, Maine, and Texas, and is currently the Authority Control Coordinator and Database Management Section Head for the University of Minnesota Libraries, Twin Cities. He has played roleplaying games since the late 1970s, and joined Prof. Barker’s Thursday Night Tékumel group in the early 1990s.
Bob Alberti is the co-author with Professor Barker of Mitlanyal, the book of the Gods of Tékumel. He has been a player in Professor Barker’s game for over twenty years. He is also the co-creator of the first commercial online roleplaying game, Scepter of Goth, and co-author of the Internet Gopher Protocol RFC-1436.
Giovanna Fregni has been part of Professor Barker’s game since 1991, and has produced The Bestiary, with Victor Raymond as well as art for many Tékumel related publications, including Mitlanyal, and various editions of the Seal of the Imperium. Living among the Tsolyáni stood her in good stead while she completed her bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She has since relocated to Sheffield in the UK where she earned a masters degree in archaeological science and is currently working on her PhD in prehistoric metallurgy.