The Space Gamer

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The Space Gamer was a generic sci-fi gaming periodical, that published several Traveller-related articles.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Space Gamer supported a number of other games and authors, but it included nearly the whole gamut of early Classic Traveller authors and artists as well.

Selected Traveller Articles[edit]

The Space Gamer Traveller Articles
Name Author Date Issue Remarks
Robotics for Traveller Tony Watson 3 Jan 78 The Space Gamer 15 None
Addendum Equipment and Weapons Robert P. Barger 3 July/Aug 78 The Space Gamer 18 Laser Pistol
Psionics in Traveller Kenneth W. Burke 2 Nov/Dec 78 The Space Gamer 20 None
Mercenary: a Review Tony Wilson March-April 79 The Space Gamer 22 None
Snapshot: a Review Tony Wilson January-February 80 The Space Gamer 26 None
Alternate Characters for Traveller Forrest Johnson 2 Oct 80 The Space Gamer 32 This was the first "Special Traveller Issue."
Ithilien Class Mark Chittenden 1 Oct 80 The Space Gamer 32 Page 11. 150 ton scout ship from the Conundrum State Shipyards.
More Psionics for Traveller Kenneth W. Burke 1 Jan 81 The Space Gamer 35 None
Pawn of the Fire Web K.L. Jones 6 Feb 81 The Space Gamer 36 None
Alien for sadic GMs: The Alien for D&D and Traveller K.L. Jones 6 Feb 81 The Space Gamer 36 None
Ya Wanna Buy A Used Ship? Tim Brown, William A. Barton 2 Apr 81 The Space Gamer 38 None
Rumor Reliability Steve Winter 1 May 81 The Space Gamer 39 None
Aboard the Leviathan Marc W. Miller 2 Jun 81 The Space Gamer 40 None
Adventures on Tschai Steve Winter 8 Jun 81 The Space Gamer 40 Planet of Adventure is a series of four science fiction novels by Jack Vance. Tschai is a planet and a center of action.
New Space Combat System Steve Winter 3 Jun 81 The Space Gamer 40 None
SF Character Contest Results Unknown 2 Sep 81 The Space Gamer 43 None
Expanded Combat William A. Barton 4 Sep 81 The Space Gamer 43 None
AFV's in Traveller Donald Gallagher, William A. Barton 10 Oct 81 The Space Gamer 44 None
Terrorists in Traveller Kenneth W. Burke 3 Dec 81 The Space Gamer 46 None
Flare Star (part 1) J. Andrew Keith 1 Jun 81 The Space Gamer 46 None
I'm a Doctor, Not a... J. Andrew Keith 2 Jan 82 The Space Gamer 47 None
Flare Star (part 2) J. Andrew Keith 1 Feb 82 The Space Gamer 48 None
Tools for Terrorists William A. Barton 3 Mar 82 The Space Gamer 49 None
Flare Star (part 3) J. Andrew Keith 1 Apr 82 The Space Gamer 50 None
Review of Imperial Data Recovery System John M. Morrison 1 Apr 82 The Space Gamer 50 None
Omni Car, The William A. Barton 1 Jun 82 The Space Gamer 52 None
Flare Star (part 4) J. Andrew Keith 1 Jul 82 The Space Gamer 53 None
Splat Gun, The William A. Barton 3 Oct 82 The Space Gamer 56 None
Chainsaw Combat Christopher Kupczyk 1 Apr 83 The Space Gamer 62 None
Interdiction Station Marcus L. Rowland 10 Feb 84 Space Gamer 67 None
Competitive Citizens Dan Perez 2 Aug 84 Space Gamer 70 None
Pre-Enlistment Skills Warren Okuma 1 Apr 85 Space Gamer 73 None
Stiletto Class Yacht Gary Reilly 1 Apr/May 87 Space Gamer 78 None
Manhunt Bill Cassell 1 Sep 89 Space Gamer 81 None
Ranger Class Courier James B. King 1 Sep 89 Space Gamer 81 None
Tarragon's Heir Michael O'Brien 1 Dec 89 Space Gamer 84 None
Starjammer Class Yacht Gary Reilly 1 Jan/Feb 89 Space Gamer 85 None
Corsair Contention James B. King 1 Jan/Feb 89 Space Gamer 85 None

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History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Space Gamer was a magazine dedicated to the subject of science fiction and fantasy board games and role-playing games. It quickly grew in importance and was an important and influential magazine in its subject matter from the late 70s through the mid-80s. The magazine is no longer published, but the Better Games maintain a web presence using its final title Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer.

The Space Gamer started out as a quarterly publication of the brand new Metagaming Concepts company in 1975. Initial issues were in a plain-paper digest format. By issue 17, it had grown to a full size bimonthly magazine, printed on slick paper.

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 magazine stayed with Steve Jackson Games for the next five years, during which, it was at its most popular and influential. In 1983, the magazine was split into two separate bimonthly magazines: Space Gamer (losing the 'The' with the split in Number 64), and Fantasy Gamer; the former concentrating entirely on science fiction, and the latter on fantasy. This arrangement lasted about a year. Fantasy Gamer ran six issues before being folded back into Space Gamer. Steve Jackson Games published through issue 76 (Sept/Oct 1985).

In 1986, the magazine was sold to Diverse Talents, Incorporated (DTI) who continued the magazine with the same numbering and format (after a gap of nearly a year and a half), but with the name Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer. The trademarks to Space Gamer and Fantasy Gamer was then sold to World Wide War (3W), a company which for a brief time tried to ascend to the top of the adventure gaming hill. They also purchased Strategy and Tactics. Alas, WWW also went down like Metagaming, and Space Gamer ended up in the hands of Future Combat Simulations (FCS). After publishing just one issue, FCS could not continue and a year later FCS declared bankruptcy. After passing through several hands, the Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer trademark got passed to Better Games.

Better Games now publishes Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer as part of their online gaming system. They have published eight issues.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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