The Smart Party

By on 14 February 2009

The Smart Party, a group of like-minded individuals, have been around for a while. Ever since being told that if they wanted great games at conventions, they needed to run them (or words to that effect). Since then they have made that their aim – to run great games. Following the recent discussions (here and here) about encouraging people to GM at conventions, perhaps for the first time, they’ve set up a blog in which they aim to provide “hints, tips, reports, rants, and lots more“. Already there are a couple of very good entries. Why not add it to your list of daily websites to visit or, better yet, add the RSS feed to your reader. I know I have!

So… where is this blog? Here:

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

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