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The Space GamerThe Space Gamer_table_caption_0
CategoriesThe Space Gamer_header_cell_0_0_0 Science fiction, fantasy, role-playing games, board gamesThe Space Gamer_cell_0_0_1
First issueThe Space Gamer_header_cell_0_1_0 March 1975The Space Gamer_cell_0_1_1
Final issueThe Space Gamer_header_cell_0_2_0 1985The Space Gamer_cell_0_2_1
CompanyThe Space Gamer_header_cell_0_3_0 Metagaming Concepts

Steve Jackson GamesThe Space Gamer_cell_0_3_1

CountryThe Space Gamer_header_cell_0_4_0 United StatesThe Space Gamer_cell_0_4_1
LanguageThe Space Gamer_header_cell_0_5_0 EnglishThe Space Gamer_cell_0_5_1
ISSNThe Space Gamer_header_cell_0_6_0 The Space Gamer_cell_0_6_1

The Space Gamer was a magazine dedicated to the subject of science fiction and fantasy board games and role-playing games. The Space Gamer_sentence_0

It quickly grew in importance and was an important and influential magazine in its subject matter from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s. The Space Gamer_sentence_1

The magazine is no longer published, but the rights holders maintain a web presence using its final title Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer. The Space Gamer_sentence_2

History The Space Gamer_section_0

The Space Gamer (TSG) started out as a digest quarterly publication of the brand new Metagaming Concepts company in March 1975. The Space Gamer_sentence_3

Howard M. Thompson, the owner of Metagaming, and the first editor of the magazine, stated "The magazine had been planned for after our third or fourth game but circumstances demand we do it now" (after their first game, Stellar Conquest). The Space Gamer_sentence_4

Initial issues were in a plain-paper digest format. The Space Gamer_sentence_5

By issue 17, it had grown to a full size bimonthly magazine, printed on slick paper. The Space Gamer_sentence_6

When Steve Jackson departed Metagaming to found his own company, he also secured the right to publish The Space Gamer from number 27 on. The Space Gamer_sentence_7

In the first Steve Jackson Games (SJG) issue Howard Thompson wrote a report on Metagaming and stated "Metagaming's staff won't miss the effort. The Space Gamer_sentence_8

After the change in ownership Metagaming feels comfortable with the decision; it was the right thing to do." The Space Gamer_sentence_9

In the same issue, Steve Jackson announced, "TSG is going monthly.... from [number 28 (May 1980)] on, it'll be a magazine." The Space Gamer_sentence_10

The magazine stayed with SJG for the next five years, during which it was at its most popular and influential. The Space Gamer_sentence_11

In 1983, the magazine was split into two separate bimonthly magazines published in alternating months: Space Gamer (losing the definite article with the split in Number 64), and Fantasy Gamer; the former concentrating entirely on science fiction, and the latter on fantasy. The Space Gamer_sentence_12

This arrangement lasted about a year. The Space Gamer_sentence_13

Fantasy Gamer ran six issues before being folded back into Space Gamer: The Space Gamer_sentence_14

Like Metagaming before it, the effort of producing a magazine became greater than its publisher was willing to bear. The Space Gamer_sentence_15

The change to bimonthly publication was not enough to allow SJG to focus on new games as they wished, and in 1985, it was announced, "We've sold Space Gamer. The Space Gamer_sentence_16

We'll still be heavily involved—but SJ Games won't be the publisher any longer. The Space Gamer_sentence_17

Giving up SG is definitely traumatic... but it gives us the time to do other things, especially GURPS". The Space Gamer_sentence_18

The magazine had been sold to Diverse Talents, Incorporated (DTI). The Space Gamer_sentence_19

They initially had it as a section in their own magazine The VIP of Gaming, but it soon became a separate publication again with the previous numbering and format, but with the name Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer. The Space Gamer_sentence_20

Space Gamer ceased publication in September 1985. The Space Gamer_sentence_21

Since that time, it has gone through a number of owners, all keeping the final name, but occasionally restarting the numbering. The Space Gamer_sentence_22

Eventually, Better Games, now renamed Space Gamer, bought the magazine, and has kept the title alive by reinventing it through the net. The Space Gamer_sentence_23

In 2010 Steve Jackson Games started republishing back issues in PDF format. The Space Gamer_sentence_24

Editors The Space Gamer_section_1

Metagaming The Space Gamer_sentence_25

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  • Howard Thompson: #1 (copyright 1975) – #5 (Mar./May 1976)The Space Gamer_item_0_0
  • C. Ben Ostrander: #9 (Dec./Jan. 1976) – #26 (Jan./Feb. 1980)The Space Gamer_item_0_1

Steve Jackson Games The Space Gamer_sentence_26

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  • Steve Jackson: #27 (Mar./Apr. 1980)The Space Gamer_item_1_2
  • Forrest Johnson: #28 (May/June 1980) – #51 (May 1982)The Space Gamer_item_1_3
  • Aaron Allston: #52 (June 1982) – #65 (Sept/Oct 1983)The Space Gamer_item_1_4
    • Also Fantasy Gamer: #1 (Aug./Sep. 1983) and co-edited Number #2 (Dec./Jan. 1984)The Space Gamer_item_1_5
  • Christopher Frink: #66 (Nov./Dec. 1983) – #69 (May/June 1984)The Space Gamer_item_1_6
    • Also Fantasy Gamer: co-edited #2 (Dec./Jan. 1984) and edited #3 (Feb./Mar. 1984) – #6 (June/July 1984)The Space Gamer_item_1_7
  • Warren Spector: #70 (July/Aug. 1984) – #76 (Sept/Oct 1985)The Space Gamer_item_1_8

Diverse Talents Incorporated The Space Gamer_sentence_27

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  • Anne Jaffe: #77 (Jan./Feb. 1987) – #82 (July/Aug. 1988)The Space Gamer_item_2_9

3W Inc. The Space Gamer_sentence_28

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  • Jeff Albanese & Perrin D. Tong: #83 (Oct./Nov. 1988) – #85 (Jan./Feb. 1989)The Space Gamer_item_3_10
  • Barry Osser & Jay Adan: Vol.II, No.1 (#86, July/Aug. 1989) – Vol.II, No.2 (#87, Oct./Nov. 1989)The Space Gamer_item_3_11

Future Combat Simulations The Space Gamer_sentence_29

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  • Jeff Albanese & Perrin D. Tong: #88 (Mar./Apr. 1990) {The majority of the articles printed in issue #88 were from works originally edited by Barry Osser prior to the demise of 3W Inc. and were not credited to him.}The Space Gamer_item_4_12

Better Games The Space Gamer_sentence_30

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  • Pat Mannion: #1 (Sep./Oct. 1992) – #3 (Jan./Feb. 1993)The Space Gamer_item_5_13
  • Red Dog: #4 (Mar./Apr. 1993) – #8 (©1994, states "93rd Issue of Publication" but was actually the 96th overall)The Space Gamer_item_5_14

Reviews The Space Gamer_section_2

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Awards The Space Gamer_section_3

The Space Gamer won the 1977 Charles S. Roberts Award for Best Semiprofessional Magazine. The Space Gamer_sentence_31

The Space Gamer was awarded the Origins Award for "Best Professional Roleplaying Magazine of 1982". The Space Gamer_sentence_32

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Space Gamer.