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Space Gamer #49 (cover date March 1982) takes the first star to the right and heads straight on to the gaming hobby's past -- and the articles are fun to read, too!
In addition to the regular game reviews, news, and letters, this issue has a mini-theme of Traveller. It includes "Tools for Terrorists" in the Traveller universe, plus an essay by noted game designer Greg Costikyan that -- based on conclusions derived from energy calculations -- Traveller is science fantasy.
It also includes an armored war machine for Car Wars that's disguised as a recreational vehicle; an essay that examines what Dungeons & Dragons is like without magic; TFT write-ups for the boomerang-throwing Flinger and the damage-sucking Blob (two effective characters that make a powerful team); and designer's notes for the Star Viking strategy game and the Beyond the Stellar Empire play-by-mail game. For fans of the classics, it also includes an in-depth review of Call of Cthulhu. (Spoiler alert: It's a good game!)
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!
Written by Greg Costikyan / W.G. Armintrout / William Barton / Chad Irby / Lewis Pulsipher / Arnold Hendrick / Phil Rennert / Robert Cook / Jack B. Everitt