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Professor M.A.R. Barker (1929-2012)
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.
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.