The Boardgamer (1995-2004)
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Occasional ASL article; 1 SASL mission
The Boardgamer was a magazine devoted to supporting old Avalon Hill wargames. It began publication in 1995, almost as a miniature version of Avalon Hill’s house magazine, The General, but continued after Avalon Hill was sold to Hasbro and The General folded. Its circulation was tiny, but it was one of the only sources of articles, scenarios, expansions, and variants for old Avalon Hill wargames in the years after 1999.
Strangely, despite the fact that Advanced Squad Leader was quite possibly the most popular Avalon Hill wargame, The Boardgamer largely ignored ASL. It never published a single ASL scenario; during its entire print run, ASL content in The Boardgamer was limited to a few minor articles and an SASL Mission. One exception, in terms of article content, was a series replay by Robert Banozic, Scott Drane, and David Goldman that appeared in Volume 4, No. 2 (April 1999).
The Boardgamer ended in 2004. The editor of The Boardgamer, Bruce Monnin, went on to become the editor of MMP’s house magazine, Operations.
The one substantive piece of content that The Boardgamer produced for ASL occurred in Volume 8, No. 1 (January 2003). In that issue, The Boardgamer published an SASL Mission for the Pegasus Bridge HASL created by Ian Vickers.