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 #40

Space Gamer #40 (June 1981)

Space Gamer #40 (cover date June 1981) once again proves that old-school is cool – and the articles are fun to read, too!

In addition to the regular game reviews, news, and letters, this issue reaches for the stars, with a special Traveller theme. Articles include "Aboard the Leviathan" (notes about a Traveller session written by Marc Miller, the game's creator); an alternate space combat system; contest-winning nonhuman races; and a meaty section on a detailed world ready for Traveller action. Also included is a cumulative game index for issues 15-39 of Space Gamer; a look at a (hypothetical) "play-by-phone" business model; and Part 14 in the series "Game Design: Theory and Practice," co-written by Steve Jackson.

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