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 #70 (July-August 1984)
Don't don your capes and costumes, curious crimefighters! There's no uncommon crime in enjoying Space Gamer #70 (cover date July-August 1984) and its treasures of yesteryear; it's just common sense!
In addition to the regular game reviews, news, and letters, this issue features a complete adventure: "One from the H.A.R.T." This generic superhero supplement (with stats for Champions) starts with a warehouse of weapons and hopefully doesn't end with a bang . . .
This issue also includes an in-depth discussion of computer text adventures (including a version of the age-old debate: "Are they art?"); more options for creating civilian characters in Traveller; an in-depth review of the Marvel Super Heroes RPG; and more.
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