Moves Magazine

Moves was originally published by SPI beginning in 1972. SPI had taken over Strategy & Tactics three years earlier. S&T developed into a military history magazine featuring a new game in each issue, and so Moves focused on gameplay, with articles on strategy, variants, errata, and game design.

Changing trends in game play led to the decline of SPI and the magazine in the early 1980s. It was acquired by TSR, along with the rest of SPI's assets, when SPI ran into financial difficulties. The final issue (#60) of the original run was published in December of 1981.

A second run of issues began publication in 1991 with issue #61, when Decision Games (Cummins Enterprises) ceased publication of The Wargamer in favor of restarting the well-known Moves title. It was published, along with Fire & Movement and Strategy & Tactics by Decision Games, into the 21st Century.

The new trio of magazines were described in a full page ad in the premiere (Issue #61) of the revived Moves:

Fire & Movement: Helping you decide which wargames to buy

  • close-up reviews of new wargames

  • profiles and player's notes

  • guide to computer wargaming

  • annual year in review issue

Strategy & Tactics: Exploring decisions which made history

  • wargame in every issue

  • game design forum

  • articles on historical and current events

  • professional wargaming column

  • media notes

Moves: Helping you decide which strategies and tactics to use

  • analysis, strategy and tactical tips

  • variants and new scenarios

  • art of computer wargaming

  • annual index and mini-game

  • previews of upcoming games by their designers

In Issue #101, the editor noted that "Earlier this year, I was... facing the problem of two magazines covering the same hobby...As my staff and I discussed this question, we reviewed just what games had been published over the last 2-3 years. What became obvious to me was the increasing number of strategy games outside of wargames that are being published (lead by the European imports, but increasingly spreading out to American companies)." Decision Games decided to reshape Moves to "a new focus of reviewing these strategy games" and move away from wargame articles. The magazine ran for a few more issues and ceased publication with issue 108. The brand and logo contiuned to be used by Decision Games for some online products.

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