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RPG Designer: M. A. R. Barker
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M. A. R. Barker
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Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman Barker
Phil Barker (II)
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Professor M. A. R. Barker (Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman, November 3, 1930 - March 16, 2012) born Phillip Barker, was a game designer, linguist, and retired professor. Since the age of ten he has been developing the background, history, and lore of an imaginary world called Tékumel, and has run role-playing sessions set on Tékumel for over 25 years. In 1975, his game "Empire of the Petal Throne" became the first role-playing game published by TSR following the release of Dungeons and Dragons.

Barker was a Fulbright Scholar. He taught at the University of Minnesota, in the Department of South and Southwestern Asian Studies, where he taught the Urdu language, Arabic, and subjects relating to India and Pakistan. His reference materials on Native American languages was used by the producers of the Northern Exposure television series.

Phil died peacefully in home hospice on March 16, 2012.

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Interview: M.A.R. Barker, Space Gamer (Issue 71 - Nov 1984).

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RPG Item: The Book of Ebon Bindings (Second Edition)
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Year Published 1991
RPG Item: Empire of the Petal Throne
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RPG Item: Miniatures from M. A. R. Barker's World of Tékumel
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RPG Item: Tékumel Player's Handbook (Box Set)
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RPG Item: Tékumel: Empire of the Petal Throne (Second Edition)
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