As a historian, I would love to see more academic materials made about the hobby I love so much, gaming. Well, we have just such an item for you here. Tales & Tomes Season 1 is a look at the world of M.A.R. Barker's Tekumel world and the various games that were played in it. It's an audio documentary, taking a look back at one of the original RPGs and giving us a look at where a lot of what we do now began. The project is up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
The Tales & Tomes Series is an idea for a free audio documentary series that started to reveal itself when we did an episode of our show the PDP-10 Podcast for our podcasting network All Ports Open. We were looking for pieces of early gaming history that we might be able to unearth for some of our listeners and we came across a fascinating piece of gaming history in M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. As we started looking into the complicated and fascinating history of Professor Barker’s world and games, we realized that a single episode of a discussion podcast wouldn’t be enough. The topic deserved a much greater level of research and production to give it its due.
The campaign's about 1/2 way to its goal with 28 days still on the clock.