The Boardgamer was a magazine founded by Bruce Monnin after Avalon Hill was bought out by Hasbro and the future of their games was in doubt. The intention was to continue support for Avalon Hill products in the same way The General had, as well as (according to Monnin in issue 46 of Operations Magazine), any games contested at the World Boardgaming Championships.
The Boardgamer never achieved high circulation and boasted only 200 subscribers although it did manage to survive for nine years. The magazine also lacked color and professional graphics. Monnin went on to become 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.