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M. A. R. Barker

Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman Barker (born Phillip Barker, November 3, 1929 – March 16, 2012), was a professor of Urdu and South Asian Studies who created one of the first roleplaying games, Empire of the Petal Throne, and wrote several fantasy/science fantasy novels based in his associated world setting of Tékumel. [1]

59 relations: Adventure Games, Basques, Campaign setting, Columbia University, Dave Arneson, Der Spiegel, Different Worlds, Different Worlds Publications, Dragon (magazine), Dungeon Master, Dungeons & Dragons, Empire of the Petal Throne, Fantasy, Forbes, Fulbright Program, Gamescience, Gary Gygax, Gen Con, Guardians of Order, Idaho, Islam, J. R. R. Tolkien, Jack Vance, Klamath language, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Languages of India, Lin Carter, Linguistics, McGill University, McGill University Institute of Islamic Studies, Melville Jacobs, Middle-earth, Miniature wargaming, Minneapolis, Modoc traditional narratives, Names of God in Islam, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Phil Barker, Planetary system, Role-playing game, Science fantasy, Science fiction fanzine, SciFan, South Asia, Spokane, Washington, Taj Mahal, Tékumel, The Dying Earth, The Lord of the Rings, The Thief of Bagdad (1940 film), ..., Tsolyáni language, TSR (company), University of California, University of California Press, University of California, Berkeley, University of Minnesota, University of Washington, Urdu, William Shipley (linguist). Expand index (9 more) »

Adventure Games

Adventure Games was an American game company that produced role-playing games and game supplements.

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Basques

The Basques (euskaldunak; vascos; basques) are an indigenous ethnic group who primarily inhabit an area traditionally known as the Basque Country (Euskal Herria), a region that is located around the western end of the Pyrenees on the coast of the Bay of Biscay and straddles parts of north-central Spain and south-western France.

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Campaign setting

A campaign setting is usually a fictional world which serves as a setting for a role-playing game or wargame campaign.

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Columbia University

Columbia University (officially Columbia University in the City of New York) is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City.

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Dave Arneson

David Lance "Dave" Arneson (October 1, 1947Minnesota Department of Health. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935–2002. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. – April 7, 2009) was an American game designer best known for co-developing the first published role-playing game (RPG), Dungeons & Dragons, with Gary Gygax, in the early 1970s.

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Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel (lit. "The Mirror") is a German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg.

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Different Worlds

Different Worlds was an American role-playing games magazine published from 1979 to 1987.

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Different Worlds Publications

Different Worlds Publications is an American game company that produces role-playing games and game supplements.

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Dragon (magazine)

Dragon is one of the two official magazines for source material for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game and associated products; Dungeon is the other.

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Dungeon Master

In the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) role-playing game, the Dungeon Master (often abbreviated as DM) is the game organizer and participant in charge of creating the details and challenges of a given adventure, while maintaining a realistic continuity of events.

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Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&DMead, Malcomson; ''Dungeons & Dragons'' FAQ or DnD) is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR).

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Empire of the Petal Throne

Empire of the Petal Throne is a fantasy role-playing game designed by M. A. R. Barker, based on his Tékumel fictional universe, and first published in 1975 by TSR, Inc.

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Fantasy

Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting.

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Forbes

Forbes is an American business magazine owned by Forbes, Inc.

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Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946.

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Gamescience

Gamescience is an American game company that produces role-playing games and game supplements.

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Gary Gygax

Ernest Gary Gygax (July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008) was an American game designer and author best known for co-creating with Dave Arneson the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).

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Gen Con

Gen Con is the largest tabletop-game convention in North America by both attendance and number of events.

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Guardians of Order

Guardians of Order was a Canadian company founded in 1996 by Mark C. MacKinnon in Guelph, Ontario.

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Idaho

Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States.

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Islam

Islam (There are ten pronunciations of Islam in English, differing in whether the first or second syllable has the stress, whether the s is or, and whether the a is pronounced, or (when the stress is on the first syllable) (Merriam Webster). The most common are (Oxford English Dictionary, Random House) and (American Heritage Dictionary). الإسلام,: Arabic pronunciation varies regionally. The first vowel ranges from ~~. The second vowel ranges from ~~~. In Northwestern Africa, they do not have stress or lengthened vowels.) is a monotheistic, Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a religious text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God, and, for the vast majority of adherents, by the teachings and normative example (called the sunnah, composed of accounts called hadith) of Muhammad (circa 570–8 June 632 CE), considered by most of them to be the last prophet of God.

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J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (Tolkien pronounced his surname, see his phonetic transcription published on the illustration in The Return of the Shadow: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part One. Christopher Tolkien. London: Unwin Hyman, 1988. (The History of Middle-earth; 6) ISBN 0-04-440162-0. In General American the surname is also pronounced. This pronunciation no doubt arose by analogy with such words as toll and polka, or because General American speakers realise as, while often hearing British as; thus or General American become the closest possible approximation to the Received Pronunciation for many American speakers. Wells, John. 1990. Longman pronunciation dictionary. Harlow: Longman, ISBN 0-582-05383-8 3 January 18922 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

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Jack Vance

John Holbrook "Jack" Vance (August 28, 1916 – May 26, 2013) was an American mystery, fantasy, and science fiction writer.

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Klamath language

Klamath, also Klamath–Modoc and historically Lutuamian, is a Native American language that was spoken around Klamath Lake in what is now southern Oregon and northern California.

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Lake Geneva is a city in Walworth County, Wisconsin, USA.

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Languages of India

There are several languages in India belonging to different language families, the major ones being the Indo-Aryan languages spoken by 75% of Indians and the Dravidian languages spoken by most of the rest of Indians.

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Lin Carter

Linwood Vrooman Carter (June 9, 1930 – February 7, 1988) was a prolific American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor, poet and critic.

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Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of language.

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McGill University

McGill University is a public research university in Montreal, Canada, officially founded by royal charter in 1821.

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McGill University Institute of Islamic Studies

The McGill University Institute of Islamic Studies and the Islamic Studies Library were established in 1952 by Wilfred Cantwell Smith, and since 1983 both have been housed in Morrice Hall on McGill's campus in downtown Montreal.

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Melville Jacobs

Melville Jacobs (July 3, 1902 – July 31, 1971) was an American anthropologist known for his extensive fieldwork on cultures of the Pacific Northwest.

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Middle-earth

Middle-earth is the setting of much of J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium.

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Miniature wargaming

Miniature wargaming is a form of wargaming which incorporates miniature figures, miniature armor and modeled terrain as the main components of play and which was first invented at the beginning of the 19th century in Prussia.

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County, and larger of the Twin Cities, the 14th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, containing approximately 3.8 million residents.

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Modoc traditional narratives

Modoc traditional narratives include myths, legends, tales, and oral histories preserved by the Modoc and Klamath people of northern California and southern Oregon.

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Names of God in Islam

The 99 names of Allah (أسماء الله الحسنى) are the names of God in Islam.

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Panjab University, Chandigarh

Panjab University (पंजाब विश्वविद्यालय, ਪੰਜਾਬ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀ) is a public Autonomous university located in Chandigarh, India.

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Phil Barker

Phil Barker (born 5 November 1932) is one of the major figures in the development of the modern hobby of tabletop wargaming, particularly that of ancient warfare, and is a co-founder of the Wargames Research Group.

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Planetary system

A planetary system is a set of gravitationally bound non-stellar objects in orbit around a star or star system.

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Role-playing game

A role-playing game (RPG and sometimes roleplaying game) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting.

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Science fantasy

Science fantasy is a mixed genre within the umbrella of speculative fiction which simultaneously draws upon and/or combines tropes and elements from both science fiction and fantasy.

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Science fiction fanzine

A science fiction fanzine is an amateur or semi-professional magazine published by members of science fiction fandom, from the 1930s to the present day.

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SciFan

SciFan is an online database for fans of science fiction and fantasy books.

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South Asia

South Asia or Southern Asia is a term used to represent the southern region of the Asian continent, which comprises the sub-Himalayan SAARC countries and, for some authorities, adjoining countries to the west and east.

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Spokane, Washington

Spokane is a city in the state of Washington, in the northwestern United States.

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Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal (more often; from Persian and Arabic, "crown of palaces") is a white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra.

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Tékumel

Tékumel is a fantasy world created by M. A. R. Barker over the course of several decades from around 1940.

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The Dying Earth

The Dying Earth is a collection of fantasy short fiction by Jack Vance, published by Hillman in 1950.

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The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings is an epic high-fantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien.

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The Thief of Bagdad (1940 film)

The Thief of Bagdad is a 1940 British Technicolor Arabian fantasy film produced by Alexander Korda, and directed by Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, and Tim Whelan, with contributions by Korda's brothers Vincent and Zoltán, and William Cameron Menzies.

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Tsolyáni language

Tsolyáni is one of several languages invented by M. A. R. Barker, developed in the mid-to-late 1940s in parallel with his legendarium leading to the world of Tékumel as described in the Empire of the Petal Throne roleplaying game, published by TSR in 1975.

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TSR (company)

TSR, Inc. was an American game publishing company and the publisher of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).

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University of California

The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the U.S. state of California.

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University of California Press

University of California Press, otherwise known as UC Press, is a publishing house associated with the University of California that engages in academic publishing.

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University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley (also referred to as Berkeley, UC Berkeley, California or simply Cal) is a public research university located in Berkeley, California.

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University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Minnesota; locally known as the U of M or simply the U) is a public research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

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University of Washington

The University of Washington, commonly referred to as Washington or informally U-Dub, or locally as UW is a public flagship research university in Seattle, Washington, United States.

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Urdu

Urdu (اُردُو ALA-LC:;, or Modern Standard Urdu) is a standardised register of the Hindustani language.

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William Shipley (linguist)

William F. Shipley (1921 – January 20, 2011) was a linguist and speaker of the Maidu language of Northern California.

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References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._A._R._Barker

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