About the Tékumel Foundation


The mission of the Tékumel Foundation is to preserve and promote the World of Tekumel as the creative legacy of Prof. Barker.  The Foundation was formed in 2008, and works to protect the literary works and all related products and activities surrounding the World of Tékumel and the Empire of the Petal Throne The Foundation also licenses new creative work for the World of Tékumel, and encourages fans and supporters of Tekumel around the world. 

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 Mesoamerica, Tékumel sets the stage for a role-playing experience unlike any other.

Board of Directors

Ambereen Barker

Ambereen Barker is the widow of Professor Barker, and supports the work of the Tekumel Foundation.

Catie Pfeifer

Catie Pfeifer lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Having previously worked in the publishing field with a focus on fantasy and science fiction, she now works in public television in Wisconsin. She is currently a player in a Tékumel campaign with Victor and is active in other RPGs as well, such as Dungeons & Dragons and Werewolf: The Apocalypse.

Giovanna Fregni, PhD

Giovanna Fregni has been part of Professor Barker’s game since 1991, and has produced The Tékumel Bestiary with Victor Raymond, as well as art for many Tékumel related publications, including Mitlanyal, and various editions of the Seal of the Imperium.

Megan Nitz

Megan Nitz has played roleplaying games since the early 2000s, and is an avid Tekumel fan

Victor Raymond, PhD

Victor Raymond 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. Along with James Maliszewski, he co-hosts The Hall of Blue Illumination, a podcast about Tekumel.

Former Board Members

Bob Alberti

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.

Stephen Hearn

Stephen Hearn has played roleplaying games since the late 1970s, and joined Professor Barker’s Thursday Night Tékumel group in the early 1990s.