We were horrified and angered to learn that MAR Barker, the creator of Tekumel, was a closet racist who wrote a pro-Nazi novel under a pseudonym and was on the editorial board of a pseudoscientific neo-Nazi Holocaust-denying publication.
In light of these revelations, we have decided to scrub that man’s name from the credits of our Tekumel products. We will also add a disclaimer to the Bethorm rulebook, confronting and repudiating his unacceptable opinions. Further, we are in contractual negotiations with the Tekumel Foundation to separate his name from the copyright to our works. That last point is complicated by their legal agreements with his spouse, and may take an as-yet unknown amount of time.
We beg our supporters patience while we work through the necessary negotiations and editing. As each of our products is re-released with these changes, we will let you all know.
The Tekumel Foundation Board of Directors wants to acknowledge that our research shows Professor M.A.R. Barker wrote *Serpent’s Walk*, an anti-Semitic novel that was published under a pseudonym in 1991. We have done our due diligence to ascertain the facts regarding *Serpent’s Walk * and Professor Barker’s affiliation with *The Journal of Historical Review* and we believe this needs to be recognized as part of Professor Barker’s past. While nobody today is responsible for the odious views Professor Barker presented in *Serpent’s Walk*, we are responsible for recognizing this book as part of his legacy.
That this acknowledgment was not done earlier was and is a mistake, and we apologize for that. We have been reaching out to several Jewish organizations to express our outrage over our findings and make our priority to work with them through this issue.
What Professor Barker did was wrong and forever tarnished his creative and academic legacy. As stewards of the world of Tekumel, we reject and repudiate *Serpent’s Walk* and everything it stands for and all other anti-Semitic activity Professor Barker was involved with.
The Tekumel Foundation has never been involved with or profited from the publication, distribution, or sale of *Serpent’s Walk* in any way, shape, or form. All of the proceeds from sales of Tekumel-related material have gone and will continue to go to the Foundation and its work, and not to any racist or anti-Semitic organizations or causes, in any way, shape, or form.