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Space Gamer #39 (cover-date May 1981) is another heaping helping of history as it happened – and the articles are fun to read, too!
In addition to the regular game reviews, news, and letters, this issue includes "Fantasy World" (a short story by noted sci-fi novelist Timothy Zahn); a way to determine the reliability of rumors in Traveller; contest-winning magic items; simple-but-effective traps for beginning GMs; strategy tips for the wargame Ice War; a scenario for Triplanetary; and Part 13 in the series "Game Design: Theory and Practice," co-written by Steve Jackson.
This issue also has a number of pages devoted to its theme for the month: computers. These articles include designer's notes for Akalabeth (written by that game's creator and the Ultima series mastermind, Lord British); a featured review and strategy for the tactical computer game Warp Factor; a company report on Strategic Simulations by its founder, Joel Billings; and a look at the state of computer gaming (circa 1981).
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 Steve Jackson / Nick Schuessler / Aaron Allston / William Barton / Bruce Webster / Forrest Johnson / Timothy Zahn / Lewis Pulsipher / Steve Winter / Lawrence Person / Jon Mishcon / Lord British / Mike Kelley