Special Ops Magazine

Multi-Man Publishing had expressed a desire to make the special issues of Operations an annual event; however, in they also admitted that the non-special issues of Operations were no longer making money and had been published at a loss. They used the example of the special editions of Operations to retool. In August 2011, the first edition of Special Ops was published. No longer a “special”, or event, periodical, it was promised as a twice-yearly magazine which would both showcase the entire MMP line with articles and scenarios, as well as continue the practice of including mini-games and variants. MMP has indicated they will “probably be changing the name of the magazine” as a reflection of the fact that they “can't keep calling it a special issue” and have also felt that calling it Operations is not accurate as it is “so radically different in content.”1 The stated aim of the magazine was still to act as a “house magazine.”

With Issue 2, the question of frequency was addressed by editor Bruce Monnin, who advised that "(i)t is our intention to continue to publish this reincarnation of Operations magazine twice a year, once in the winter (in time for Winter Offensive) and once in the summer (in time for the World Boardgaming Championships and possibly other summer conventions.)2

In November 2012, the frequency was again changed to annually:

Speaking of Special Ops, we are going to move to a once-a-year schedule for a slightly larger magazine-timed to come out at the World Boardgaming Championships in the summer. So, Special Ops #4 will be available around August of 2013. We found that a bi-annual schedule was diverting our efforts away from publishing the games on our preorder list, and we think that an annual schedule will allow us to produce a better 'zine.3

Cover Gallery/Issue Listing - Regular Issues

Summer, 2011
Number 1
Winter, 2012
Number 2
Summer, 2012
Number 3
Summer, 2013
Number 4
Summer, 2014
Number 5
Summer, 2015
Number 6
Summer, 2017
Number 7
Summer, 2018
Number 8
Summer, 2019
Number 9


1. http://www.multimanpublishing.com/tabid/58/CategoryID/3/ProductID/215/Default.aspx
2. Special Ops Magazine, Issue 2, Editorial, p.2
3. MMP Press Release, 5 November 2012

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