Hall of Blue Illumination

Sinopsis

The Hall of Blue Illumination is a podcast dedicated to M.A.R. Barker's legendary world of Tékumel.

Episodios

  • Episode 40, “Bill Hoyt”

    Episode 40, “Bill Hoyt”

    28/05/2020 Duración: 46min

    In this episode, our hosts interview special guest Bill Hoyt. Bill has been involved with roleplaying games since the early 1970s, and was integral in getting TSR to publish Empire of the Petal Throne.

  • Episode 39, “Plagues of Tékumel”

    Episode 39, “Plagues of Tékumel”

    24/04/2020 Duración: 50min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. In this most-apposite of episodes, our hosts discuss sickness and disease on Tékumel.  Can magic fix everything?  No, it can’t.  But first, Victor discusses his recent experience running games at GaryCon 2020, which had to be moved online […]

  • Episode 38, “Walking Tour of Jakálla, Part 3”

    Episode 38, “Walking Tour of Jakálla, Part 3”

    27/02/2020 Duración: 54min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. In this episode our hosts return to their walking tour of Jakálla, a popular segment with listeners. But first, they discuss whether or not “Prof. Barker is always right” and how they approach what at first might seem as inconsistencies within the Tékumel corpus.

  • Episode 37, “East Coast Miniatures Gaming”

    Episode 37, “East Coast Miniatures Gaming”

    17/01/2020 Duración: 41min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. In this episode, our hosts are joined by special guests Bill Acheson and Steve Braun, who talk about Tékumel miniature gaming on the East Coast.

  • Episode 36, “GameHole Con 2019”

    Episode 36, “GameHole Con 2019”

    03/12/2019 Duración: 42min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. This episode was recorded on November 2, 2019 at GameHole Con in Madison, Wisconsin.  Special guests Jeff Dee, Karen Knight and John Till join regular hosts Scott and Victor to discuss their experiences at the con, and how […]

  • Episode 35, “Keith Dalluhn”

    Episode 35, “Keith Dalluhn”

    28/10/2019 Duración: 01h01min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. In this episode our hosts talk to Keith Dalluhn, who played Sanjésh hiKirisáya, Priest of the Temple of Thúmis in Prof. Barker’s Thursday Night Group.  Keith supplies numerous anecdotes and fascinating stories about gaming in Prof. Barker’s Tékumel. […]

  • Episode 34, “Walking Tour of Jakálla, Part 2”

    Episode 34, “Walking Tour of Jakálla, Part 2”

    25/09/2019 Duración: 52min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. In this episode our hosts continue their walking tour of Jakálla.  But first, Victor and Scott answer a listener’s email asking how to handle Tékumel’s touchier subjects, like slavery and gender roles. Show Notes: [00:00:52]  Our hosts read […]

  • Episode 33, “Bob Brynildson “

    Episode 33, “Bob Brynildson “

    01/08/2019 Duración: 01h07min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. In this episode our hosts invite Bob Brynildson to share his experiences on Tékumel while gaming in Prof. Barker’s Tuesday Night Group.  Bob played the famous Kárin Missúm, who ended his career as a General of Vimúhla’s Legion […]

  • Episode 32, “Walking Tour of Jakálla, Part 1”

    Episode 32, “Walking Tour of Jakálla, Part 1”

    12/06/2019 Duración: 46min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. In this episode our hosts begin a walking tour of Jakálla, “The City Half as Old as the World.”

  • Episode 31, “Méshqu Plaques and The Swamp Folk”

    Episode 31, “Méshqu Plaques and The Swamp Folk”

    29/05/2019 Duración: 29min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. In this episode our hosts consider méshqu plaques.  What are they and what is their place in Tsolyáni society?  After answering these questions, the discussion moves to the Swamp Folk, the next race in our Nonhumans of Tékumel […]

  • Episode 30, “Jeff Dee and Manda, Part 2”

    Episode 30, “Jeff Dee and Manda, Part 2”

    30/04/2019 Duración: 01h06min

    Welcome to the The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. In this episode our hosts continue their interview of Jeff Dee and Manda.  As mentioned in Episode 29, Jeff and Manda’s UNIgames has recently released the Kúrt Hills Atlas, a system-independent gazetteer of the Kúrt Hills region […]

  • Episode 29, “Jeff Dee and Manda, Part 1”

    Episode 29, “Jeff Dee and Manda, Part 1”

    21/03/2019 Duración: 01h09min

    Welcome to the The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel. In this episode our hosts interview Jeff Dee and Manda about their Kúrt Hills Atlas.  This is a system-independent gazetteer of the Kúrt Hills region of Tsolyánu, created to supplement UNIgames’s Tékumel rule system, Béthorm. But first, […]

  • Episode 28, “Ambereen Barker”

    Episode 28, “Ambereen Barker”

    20/02/2019 Duración: 01h08min

    Welcome to the The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel.  In this episode our hosts are joined by special guest Ambereen Barker, the late Professor Barker’s wife.  She shares her memories of Phil, his work on Tékumel, and the succession of gamers and gaming groups that passed […]

  • Episode 27, “The Book of Ebon Bindings, Part 4”

    Episode 27, “The Book of Ebon Bindings, Part 4”

    19/01/2019 Duración: 01h01min

    Welcome to the The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel.  In this episode our hosts continue their discussion of the Book of Ebon Bindings, with a special focus on the nature of the Demon Planes themselves, and their place in Tékumel’s cosmology.  See episodes 19, 20 and […]

  • Episode 26, “Long Running Campaigns”

    Episode 26, “Long Running Campaigns”

    28/11/2018 Duración: 57min

    In this episode, Victor and James discuss their respective long-running Empire of the Petal Throne campaigns, and share several referee tips they learned along the way. Our hosts also introduce the first entries in two new segments; “Nonhumans of Tékumel” featuring the Ahoggyá, and “Nations of Tékumel” featuring the Empire of Salarvyá.

  • Episode 25, “The Thursday Night Group”

    Episode 25, “The Thursday Night Group”

    26/06/2018 Duración: 55min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel.  In this very special episode, the illustrious personalities who once comprised the Thursday Night Group have graciously reassembled for your edification.  Along with host Victor, these guests played in Prof. Barker’s Tékumel games for over twenty years.  Interesting anecdotes and bits of Tékumel lore abound as they discuss their old characters and the events in which they participated.  Strangely enough, this includes more than one explosion.

  • Episode 24, “Gary Con 2018, Campaign Updates, and Social Class Part 2”

    Episode 24, “Gary Con 2018, Campaign Updates, and Social Class Part 2”

    26/04/2018 Duración: 55min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel.  In this episode, our hosts cover several topics, including Tékumel activity at this year’s Gary Con, and an update on James’s players’ activities on the unnamed southern continent.  Then we return to the use of social distinctions in […]

  • Episode 23, “Social Status on Tékumel”

    Episode 23, “Social Status on Tékumel”

    20/03/2018 Duración: 48min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel.  In this episode, our hosts discuss the role of social status in Tékumel.  Unlike other roleplaying settings, Tékumel places a heavy emphasis on a character’s position within the social hierarchy, and the rights, privileges, limitations, and obligations relating thereto.  We touch on how this emphasis effects adventuring on Tékumel, how players’ characters can find opportunities for advancement, and give examples of notable personages who rose to (and fell from) the highest rungs of Tèkumeláni society.

  • Episode 22, “Resonances and Evocations”

    Episode 22, “Resonances and Evocations”

    16/02/2018 Duración: 44min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel.  In this episode, our hosts discuss various media and other sundry things belonging to our world that for them, evoke aspects of Tékumel.  Sit back and enjoy as they move from 1930’s newsreels, to the DMV, through pyramid nomenclature, and discuss a scene from one of the greatest films to ever grace the silver screen -- The Wizard of Oz Big Trouble In Little China.

  • Episode 21, “The Book of Ebon Bindings, Part 3”

    Episode 21, “The Book of Ebon Bindings, Part 3”

    17/01/2018 Duración: 46min

    Welcome to The Hall of Blue Illumination, the podcast dedicated to the world of M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel.  In this episode, our estimable hosts continue their discussion of The Book of Ebon Bindings.  Points referenced include the significance (or the absence thereof) of humanity’s interest in the nature of the gods, the power of secret names, the existence of thieves and underworld communities, and ultimately, why a demon lord (and its evocators) might have good reason to fear an ancient planetary defense battery on one of Tékumel’s moons!

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