Sunday, July 31, 2011

Greetings from Club Tek

h/t Grognardia: The following is a press release from the Tekumel Foundation.


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. 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of Vimúhla first displayed at GenCon IX in 1976, private maps, papers and other interesting and diverse items including unpublished material –exactly how much or what is still to be determined. 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. Photos are available in the photos section of this group depicting some of items placed in storage to help preserve the legacy of Tékumel. Enjoy! For more information, please contact the Tékumel Foundation –

For photos of some of the archived materials and more info, go here.

Free Stuff
Grognardia also pointed out that
Oubliette Issue #6 is available for free at RPGNow for a limited time.
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Literary Funny Papers

Courtesy of Robert Sikoryak’s aptly named Masterpiece Comics | The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log where you can also find a Garfield/Dr. Faustus mash-up and "Candiggy."

I just hate there is no Snuffy Snopes or Dalton Trumbo's "beetle bailey got his gun."
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Unheard Z-pack

As I spent the last two days relatively housebound with bronchitis and other ills, I got to catch up on my punk rock movie watching.

The first film was What We Do Is Secret, a biopic of Darby Crash, lead singer of "the seminal L.A. punk rock band" The Germs. I never was a big Germs fan. I used to own GI and Germicide, and I still listen to my "Lexicon Devil" mp3 on occassion, but The Germs were probably one of those you-had-to-be-there things, and I wasn't there. Nevertheless, I liked the film.

The second film in my punk rock double feature was We Jam Econo, a documentary on one of my favorite bands, The Minutemen. I remember seeing a flyer for it when it played at the local college. My wife must have been in labor when it was showing. That is the only legitimate reason for me to have missed it. I may have to own this one I dug it so much. For those who are friends, expect a heavy rotation of Minutemen and fIREHOSE.

MP3s of Georgeless, an E.P. of pre-George Hurley tunes, is available for free dowload at with Mike Watt's permission.

And what's a punk rock post without Henry Rollins...
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Night Videos

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Monday, July 25, 2011

D&D: The Cure for "Hanging Out"

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Quote o' The Day

"In comics, death is not 'that undiscover’d country, from whose bourne no traveler returns.' It's Tijuana, and there's a shuttle."
--Glen Weldon
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Sunday, July 24, 2011


Tip o' the space helmet to Super Punch for linking to this article on Space Gateway Support's SWAT team, the elite unit that protects the Kennedy Space Center.

Even more entertaining are the comments made here after one poster notes that these days, even NPR has its own paramilitary force. File under: "teh funny."
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

The End Is Freakin' Nigh

"This is the way the world ends: This is the way the world ends: This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang but a whimper."
--T. S. Eliot
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Juliet Papa Golf

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

G. Gordon Liddy

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Saturday, July 9, 2011

smoke faeries

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black belles

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Friday, July 8, 2011

The Padawan Has Become The Master

Last night, as I walked into my ten-year-old son's toy-littered room, he proudly exclaimed, "Look Daddy! I made the Battle of Endor!"

And, sure enough, there it was. He had cleared just enough space on his floor to fit all of the plastic trees from his old dinosaur and army men playsets, then populated it with his collection of Lego™ Star Wars Imperial stormtroopers and Rebel Alliance soldiers.

Still hoping to convey the need for him to clean his room, I said, "With all of these other toys on the floor, it looks the Battle of the Junkyard to me."

My snarkasm was completely lost on the boy.

His response, "Oh, you mean the Battle of Raxus Prime."

At that moment, I was the proudest geekdad in the universe.

Note: Wookieepedia identifies "Raxus Prime" as "a waste-covered planet in the Raxus system. It was packed with toxic debris and had a poisonous surface"
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Algol Rhythms

I have been a fan of Planet. Algol, the Old School Renaissance Weird Fantasy Sword. & Planet RPG blog, for quite some time. So much so that I have been eagerly looking forward to Blair's PDFication of some of his Algol gaming materials, namely the long-awaited
Jewel Throne.

Well, even though RL demands have pushed Blair's obligations to Algol fandom to the back burner, we can still get our Algol on. Johnstone@Red Box Vancouver has beaten Blair to the punch and has posted his own, albeit noncanonical, Planet Algol/Apocalypse World supplement. Enjoy.

World of Algol pdf | Red Box Vancouver's Blog
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Pipe Dream# 1

Open a coffee shop that plays only Frank Morgan and Frank Sinatra records. I'll call my shop Beans and Franks.

Frank Morgan On Piano Jazz : NPR
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