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Tekumel: Resources (I Tekumeled and So Can You IV)

This is Part IV in a series on how to get started as a GM in the world of Tekumel. Part I was on jumping right in, Part II was on picking a rule set, and Part III was on some novels that you can use for inspiration.  

By this point you have run a few dungeon scenarios, using the rule set of your choice (perhaps EPT), and you have started to flesh out the world beyond the Jakalla underworld for your players. Maybe you have started to dabble in some adventures in town or in the wilderness, but this can be overwhelming with the information you have access to. This week, I am going to discuss the best solution to a common problem in Tekumel gaming, the scarcity of immediately usable game material in the main source material. To me, the best source for that information is The Excellent Traveling Volume.

EPT details some locations in Jakalla, but it doesn't give the novice Tekumel GM much to work with when it comes to what that all means. What are these locations? Who is in them? What d…
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MERP: Dawn of the Fourth Age Session 8

This is part of an ongoing campaign. You can find the other sessions over on the sidebar.
12 Cerbeth F.A. 15
On the 13th day of their journey to Tharbad, the fellowship awoke to find that the horses that Rohan provided them with were all showing symptoms similar to those that the horse Sindawe looked at in the stables had. Concerned that the illness might spread to their horses, they decide to kill the sick horses. Ardaer and Tulip are unable to follow through with this and let their horses go.

16 Cerbeth F.A. 15
They are attacked by a bear on the road and are able to defeat it.
19 Cerbeth F.A. 15
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20 Cerbeth F.A. 15
They reach Tharbad and question the gate guard as to whether Vacros has been seen. The guard tells them that Vacros passed through with several of his men, but they ran him out …

MERP: Dawn of the Fourth Age Session 9

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21 Cerbeth F.A. 15

The fellowship entered the sewers with the goal of making their way to the chambers underneath the rubble of the fortress in hopes of finding a way into the ancient Great Vault that existed there at the time of the Kinstrife War. The sewer tunnels were about five feet in diameter and opened a few feet above the floor in the intersection chambers. The chambers all had two to three feet of water in them. There pipes and chambers were also intersected by many smaller pipes and occasional small grates above.  Early in their exploration, they encountered a twelve foot long eel that was very aggressive. They managed to stun lock it and defeat it, but Sindawe took significant damage early in the fight. After the battle, they headed north and reached a dead end. They returned to the room where they fought the eel and decided to search it before moving along. Ardaer kicked something metal …

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Realizing that, due to the jump, they were stuck for at least a few days on the ANNIC NOVA, the characters decided to finish their examination of the ship. GB went to the airlock to check on the scout ship and determined that it had no followed them into drill space. After deciding that there is not way to stretch the available air for their suits for the duration of the jump, Leon and GB open their suits. 
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Growing more hungry by the hour, the former Terminators concentrate on disinfecting the shuttle en route to the planet below. They detect no electronic communications or evidence of space travel as they approach. Once in orbit, they see that most of the surface of the planet below is covered with water and there are two main island chains that show signs of habitation, one just north of the equator, and the other just south. They decide to make for the southern island chain.
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MERP: Dawn of the Fourth Age Session 7

This is part of an ongoing campaign. You can find the other sessions over on the sidebar.
20 Norui F.A. 15
The fellowship decided to stand and fight against the horde of rats, but after a few rounds, discovered that the rats were not attacking them. Realizing that the rats were fleeing something else, they paused and heard the sound of water rushing towards them. They started to flee back up the tunnel, taking an upward-sloping passage that they had passed on the way from the troll cave. They managed to get above the level of the water and find another exit to the cave system. Imhar, the Dunlending leader, reasoned that the troll must have opened a passage to one of the cisterns while trying to escape. At the height of spring, the cisterns are full from the snow melt. 
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MERP: Dawn of the Fourth Age Session 6

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18 Norui F.A. 15
The fellowship decided to rest for a few days in order to heal up the significant wounds they suffered during the fight with the wolves. During the downtime, the rangers, Elyanis and Galadhil, decided to look for herbs that could speed up the healing process and found several doses of Mirenna. 
20 Norui F.A. 15
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Tekumel: Resources (I Tekumeled and So Can You V)

This is Part V in a series on how to get started as a GM in the world of Tekumel. Part I was on jumping right in, Part II was on picking a rule set, Part III was on some novels that you can use for inspiration, and Part V was on the Excellent Traveling Volume 'zine.  

I apologize for this entry coming a day late. I have been dealing with a water leak in our basement, where my office is. Since I use that office to work from home, as well as write this blog, I needed to address that first. I didn't even get to play Tekumel or MERP last week (although we did manage to get a Tekumel session in on Monday this week).

This is going to be a fairly short entry anyway, as it deals with the podcast, "The Hall of Blue Illumination". The Hall is hosted by Victor Raymond (of the Tekumel Foundation), James Maliszewski (of Grognardia and The Excellent Traveling Volume), and Scott (whose last name I cannot seem to find anywhere).

This podcast has episodes on a wide variety of interes…