Guests of Honour

Introducing the Guests of Honour at ShaCon 2017

Gary 'Evil Gaz' Bowerbank


Dave McAlister

Dave McAlister
A founder member of the Smart Party, Gaz has been roleplaying for 35 years - which makes him feel old. On the plus side he has run or played in just about all the games out there at some point, until small press publishing got popular, and now there is never enough time. Involved with Savage Worlds since it was first published, Gaz playtested Deadlands Reloaded, Hell on Earth and Lost Colony; and has contributed to, playtested and written for many other systems. A stalwart of the UK convention scene, you'll find him running a Savage game near you frequently!

A more recent endeavour has been his entry in to the world of podcasting as co-host of 'What Would the Smart Party Do?' along with fellow Smart Party founder Baz. It is an eclectic mix of all things roleplaying. If you want an opinion or advice (on just about anything), ask this man. Bring beer.

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played in 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 in 2003 (as UK Regional Branch Director) This year also saw the birth of the UK Roleplayers website 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