Five Years? Has It Been That Long?

By on 23 February 2008

Well, obviously it has, but it doesn’t feel like it. The last five years, for a variety of reasons, have just flown by and UK Role Players has grown, and expanded, year upon year. The ‘site’s fifth anniversary is the perfect opportunity to further expand and blossom from “just” a forum-based community into a fully-fledged resource centre – what some people call a portal.

This isn’t just any portal though. You won’t find useless aspects such as the weather or a flashy clock (if you want to know what the weather’s like where you live, look outside – likewise, if you need to know the time, your computer has a clock). Joking aside, everything (and I hope you agree) is a valuable addition to the ‘site. If you don’t agree, just let the administration team know – you can find our details at the bottom of every page.

About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar “Living” campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave’s first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft).

Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He has a (currently neglected) blog at and runs a D&D 5e SRD website at


  1. Loz

    24 February 2008 at 10:25 pm

    I want to start LARP but have no idea how to get going. Can anyone tell me a place near POrtsmouth where they would welcome 3 complete but keen novices?

  2. dpmcalister

    24 February 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I don’t know of anything near Portsmouth myself, but there are a lot of active Portsmouth gamers here (they even have their own forum: who might be able to help you.

  3. Loz

    24 February 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for that, I had a quick look but it seems mostly ‘board based’ and I really fancy the whole running round the woods stuff. I will keep on looking.

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