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 #69 (May-June 1984)
That rumbling you hear isn't the arrival of a mayhem-making motorcycle gang; it's Space Gamer #69 (cover date May-June 1984), delivering more gaming goodness from a bygone era – and the articles are fun to read, too!
In addition to the regular game reviews, news, and letters, this issue features a complete adventure: "Junkyard Hogs"! Designed with Car Wars in mind (for two players without a referee), this scenario is suitable for any system that can handle rival gangs plus their cycles and gear.
This issue also includes a look back at 1983's RPGs (it was a good year!); a formula for determining unit costs in Ogre; 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