The Space Gamer received three Origins Award nominations for Best Professional Roleplaying Magazine (in 1981, 1985, and 1986). The Space Gamer won an Origins Award for Best Professional Roleplaying Magazine of 1982.
Space Gamer began life as a paper magazine published by Metagaming Concepts in 1975. Steve Jackson Games took over publication with issue #27 (dated March/April 1980), and ultimately published 50 issues (plus six issues of spin-off magazine Fantasy Gamer). Issue #76, September/October 1985, became Steve Jackson Games' last issue before the rights to the name went elsewhere. Space Gamer covered all aspects of hobby gaming: RPGs, wargames, card and strategy games, and more. It also featured industry news and reviews. Although Space Gamer is still a great read in its own right, today it's also a fascinating look at an earlier era of hobby gaming.
Today's featured issue from the vault:
Space Gamer #44 (October 1981)
Space Gamer #44 (cover date October 1981) provides a plethora of pages presenting past pearls – and the articles are fun to read, too!
In addition to the regular game reviews, news, and letters, this issue includes rules for radiation in Dungeons & Dragons; detailed rules for tanks and hovercraft in Traveller; a humans-versus-aliens scenario for Killer; a discussion of demographics in fantasy worlds; and a company report for T-Rex, maker of miniatures. For historians (or time-travelers planning on becoming stuck in 1981), this issue also comes with a computer buying guide, describing the then-current state of the art.
Whether you're a fan of old-school gaming or a historian of our hobby, each issue of Space Gamer is the perfect passport to the past!
See the sample!
#27 - #36
#37 - #46
#47 - #56
#57 - #66
#67 - #76