Actually, I'd recommend picking up 3rd, plus The Sholari pack (a combination of errata, additional materail from 2nd editino supplements and a scenario). Having played and run both 2nd and 3rd, 3rd's by far the better game system, and is entirely workable WITHOUT the patches in the Sholari pack (albeit it runs better with them).OK - cool. Thanks for the lowdown. I'll have to seek out a copy of 2nd edition.
I always found it far less approachable than Jorune personally. If you can get hold of on eo fthe novels however, that helps a LOT - reading Man of Gold is what helped me finally make (some) sense of Tekumel.How's Tekumel?
QFT. It's an intelligent and thoughtful setting. Also the art is fantastic.The best part, to me, was the premise of the game. PCs are residents of Ardoth, the predominant human civilization. They are petitioners for full citizenship who must gather endorsements from other citizens in order to acheive the new status. So rather than killing and looting as is standard in FRP (though you can do that too), the players are expected to go around helping people to get recommendations. Very cool.
So the original authors don't want to do anything with it but its still their baby and they don't want anyone messing with it? Shame.The attitude I've seen towards this most often expressed by old school fans is "You're more than welcome to try. Many others have tried, all have failed."