Fantasy Gamer began in 1983, as a fantasy-themed counterpart to Space Gamer's sci-fi focus. Fantasy Gamer lasted for six bimonthly issues, from August/September 1983 to June/July 1984. Fantasy-related content folded back into Space Gamer after then. Fantasy Gamer covered all aspects of fantasy-themed hobby gaming: RPGs, wargames, card and strategy games, and more. It also featured industry news and reviews. Although Fantasy 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:

Fantasy Gamer #1

Fantasy Gamer #1 (August-September 1983)

Is it a fantasy, or is it reality? The answer is "yes," with Fantasy Gamer #1 (cover date August-September 1983)! This premiere issue starts the title on the right foot (or centaur hoof, or werewolf claw, or . . .)

In addition to the regular game reviews, news, and letters, this issue features a complete game: "Slasher Flick," by Donald Saxman (designer of Superhero: 2044)! This meaty two-player game pits victims against the Bogeyman in a fight to the death! It's all good tongue-in-cheek fun, but you still might want to play with the lights on.

This issue also includes alternate uses for experience points in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (permitting new abilities for willing heroes); an overview of Origins '83, held in Detroit; a collection of "useless" tables; and more.

Whether you're a fan of old-school gaming or a historian of our hobby, each issue of Fantasy Gamer is the perfect portal to the past!

See the sample!

The Vault

Fantasy Gamer #1 - #6
#1 - #6