Operations Magazine

Operations Magazine was established as a  house organ for The Gamers, for  discussion of its wargaming products. The first issue was produced in the summer of 1991 printed regularly until The Gamers were taken over by Multi-Man Publishing. The magazine was produced quarterly, until Issue 42 when production slowed to semi-regular status (with only one issue being produced in 2003, and two issues a year in 2004 and 2005).

Bruce Monnin, formerly of The Boardgamer, became editor of Operations beginning with the Fall 2004 edition (issue 46). The stated aim of Multi-Man Publishing was to have Operations be to their line of games what The General was to Avalon Hill's line of products.

Of note to tactical wargamers has been the emphasis of the magazines on firstly the TCS series of games, and later, the availability of additional Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit scenarios. The magazine was an exclusive source for "official" additions to the ASLSKs.

In the summer of 2008, the first special issue was released, with a stand alone wargame in the issue (an operational mini game treatment on the invasion of Iwo Jima) as well as a historical module for Advanced Squad Leader, including map, campaign game, and two scenarios covering the battle of Singling. The battle had been covered twice before in "official" ASL products, once as an ASL scenario and once as a Deluxe ASL scenario; the historical map rendered the battle on the actual terrain. Three special editions were published, and the magazine apparently ceased publication in the summer of 2011 in favour of a retooled periodical named Special Ops.

Cover Gallery/Issue Listing - Regular Issues

Summer, 1991
Number 1
Fall, 1991
Number 2
Winter, 1991
Number 3
Spring, 1992
Number 4
Summer, 1992
Number 5
Fall, 1992
Number 6
Winter, 1992
Number 7
Spring, 1993
Number 8
Summer, 1993
Number 9
Fall, 1993
Number 10
Winter, 1993
Number 11
Spring, 1994
Number 12
Summer, 1994
Issue 13
Fall, 1994
Issue 14
Winter, 1994
Number 15
Spring 1995
Issue 16
Summer, 1995
Issue 17
Fall, 1995
Issue 18
Winter, 1995
Issue 19
Spring 1996
Issue 20
Summer, 1996
Issue 21
Fall, 1996
Issue 22
Winter, 1996
Issue 23
Spring, 1997
Issue 24
Summer, 1997
Issue 25
Fall, 1997
Issue 26
Winter, 1997
Issue 27
Spring 1998
Issue 28
Summer, 1998
Issue 29
Fall, 1998
Issue 30
Winter, 1998
Issue 31
Spring, 1999
Issue 32
Summer, 1999
Issue 33
Fall, 1999
Issue 34
Winter, 1999
Issue 35
Spring, 2000
Issue 36
Summer, 2000
Issue 37
Fall, 2000
Issue 38
Winter, 2000
Issue 39
Spring, 2001
Issue 40
Summer, 2001
Issue 41
Fall, 2001
Issue 42
Winter, 2001
Issue 43
Spring, 2002
Issue 44
Spring, 2004
Issue 45
Fall, 2004
Issue 46
Winter, 2005
Issue 47
Autumn, 2005
Issue No. 48
Winter 2006
Issue No. 49
Winter, 2007
Issue No. 50
Summer, 2007
Issue No. 51
Fall, 2007
Issue No. 52
     
Fall, 2008
Issue No. 53
     

Cover Gallery/Issue Listing - Special Issues

Special Edition #1
Summer 2008

Special Edition #2
Summer 2009

Special Edition #3
Summer 2010

Some images from the collection of Ernst Knauth.

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