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Austin Rob Inactive Member17 Mar 2012 9:58 a.m. PST

Retired University of Minnesota Professor and Department Chair, author, and Tékumel creator Professor M. A. R. Barker dead at 83.

Fulbright Scholar, linguist, and accomplished academic was also a popular science fiction author who helped inspire the creators of Dungeons and Dragons.

Full press release at:

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Space Monkey Inactive Member17 Mar 2012 12:05 p.m. PST

Sad but inevitable.
He was a big influence on how I approach RPGs.

jpattern217 Mar 2012 12:25 p.m. PST

RIP, sir.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2012 12:27 p.m. PST

There are the Tolkien impersonators and then there are the genuinely creative people, and then there was MAR Barker. He raised the bar. There are few others who helped us break out of the mold. A genuine loss.

The Dozing Dragon17 Mar 2012 3:43 p.m. PST

I am still astounded at the level of detail in his settings. I recently picked up the original EPT rule set and is a great read. Condolences to his family and RIP.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member17 Mar 2012 4:54 p.m. PST

Here's the one I just found.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2012 8:28 p.m. PST

Blessings and Peace be upon him, his was the second rpg I bought.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2012 7:48 a.m. PST

Thank you for creating the most interesting of fantasy RPG worlds.

Austin Rob Inactive Member18 Mar 2012 9:55 a.m. PST

I have always regretted that Prof. Barker was not able to find the financial success for Tekumel equal to games and novels of much less originality.

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