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.

All the issues of Space Gamer that were published by Steve Jackson Games are available digitally at Warehouse 23, including a bundle of all 50 issues.

Today's featured issue from the vault:

Space Gamer #37

Space Gamer #37 (March 1981)

Space Gamer #37 (cover date March 1981) is three dozen pages of old-school insight – and the articles are fun to read, too!

In addition to the regular game reviews, news, and letters, this issue includes "Troubles in Valetia" (a history of a troubled play-by-mail game in the form of correspondence); a collection of interesting sci-fi weapons; a company report from Fantasy Games Unlimited by its founder Scott Bizar; alternate rules for the sci-fi wargame Freedom in the Galaxy; a slithering cinematic sci-fi scare with stats for The Fantasy Trip, Dungeons & Dragons, and Traveller; a sword-and-sorcery variant for the game Risk; the other five sins of computer-game writing; and Part 11 in the series "Game Design: Theory and Practice," co-written by Steve Jackson. (Steve Jackson is also the author of the featured review about the classic Cosmic Encounter.)

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!


The Vault

Space Gamer #27 - #36
#27 - #36
Space Gamer #37 - #46
#37 - #46
Space Gamer #47 - #56
#47 - #56
Space Gamer #57 - #66
#57 - #66
Space Gamer #67 - #76
#67 - #76