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.


The following is a summary of the Foundation policies regarding publication for use with Tékumel.

Persons and organizations producing Tékumel-related works under existing agreements with Professor Barker himself shall continue to do so under similar arrangements with the Tékumel Foundation.

Frequently Asked Questions

If after reading the policies you have questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

There are two levels of Foundation approval for new materials:

Informal or “fan” publishing

Creative works not intended for sale, i.e. non-commercial or “fan” publications, and for which you are not seeking approval as “official” Tékumel material must agree to the following:

  • You agree in advance that you will not seek payment or remuneration in any form for the publication, distribution, or other development of the work;
  • You agree to place in a prominent location (at the beginning or in the credits) the following statement:
  • This work is a Fan Publication, an unofficial work not approved for Tékumel. Tékumel, the Empire of the Petal Throne, and all related products and materials are protected by national and international intellectual property law. For additional information, please visit
  • You agree to provide a copy of your work for the records of the Tékumel Foundation, to be held in perpetuity.

For Profit and/or Official Tékumel

The Foundation welcomes proposals for for-profit publication of Tékumel materials. Please read this downloadable PDF document for further information, available from the Foundation website.

Submission of materials for approval for use with Tékumel can be undertaken using the Inquiries page.

It must be noted that materials submitted for such approval will be subject to considerable editorial scrutiny. Materials submitted will need to exhibit quality writing and must accurately convey the Tékumel experience in order to be considered for approval.


The Tékumel Foundation is the only entity authorized to act on behalf of the Estate of Professor Barker in regard to his intellectual property relating to the World of Tékumel. For more information please contact the Tékumel Foundation.