Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lord Thúmis shines his beneficent light of wisdom upon us.

The following decree was sent to the capitals of each of the Five Empires as well as the College at the End of Time!

Sigh... OK, Victor Raymond e-mailed this press release this morning:

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. 
Professor Barker's globe of Tékumel. Look at all that unexplored real estate!
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of Vimúhla first displayed at GenCon IX in 1976, private maps, papers and other interesting and diverse items including unpublished material ˆ exactly how much or what is still to be determined. 
A portion of Barker's model of the Temple of Vimúhla. 
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.
A map of Tékumel's fabled southern continent. 
For more information, please contact the Tékumel Foundation
The only comment from the Temple of Lord Ksárul comes from a yet unnamed ritual priest who was heard to stutter in righteous fury "Curse those... Ssú-sucking... clanless... GRAY ROBES!!!" 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Happy, Happy Birthday Gary.

E. Gary Gygax 
(July 27 1938 - March 4 2008)
In memory of one of the men who started it all. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

John Carter Teaser is out!

Rather than spending 15 bucks to see it with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 you can catch the teaser for John Carter at iTunes Trailers or down here:

When I found out that the family values fascists at Disney/Pixar had gotten ahold of the John Carter property, I was afraid that this was going to be turned into a great steaming pile of G-rated pablum ( e.g. John Cater would become a CGI anthropomorphic rabbit who travels to Mars on a carrot-shaped rocket to fight comical Martians). While it certainly appears to have been bowdlerized for this PC age (I'm still surprised that they still kept this a period piece with our hero being a Confederate army veteran), it still appears quite watchable.

I'm still apprehensive about the cast. I always believed Hugh Jackman was born to play John Carter and the only actress "incomparable" enough to play Dejah Thoris would be Angelina Jolie. I don't know Taylor Kitsch or Lynn Collins. However, Mark Strong has proved himself time and time again as a good heavy and casting Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas (well, his voice and motion captures anyway) was nothing short of inspired--I think that was his voice at the end of the teaser.

We shall just have to wait and see.