Saturday, 21 February 2009

SLA Industries' birthday - 23rd May

SLA Industries was conceived and first played on Saturday night, 23rd May 1987 - I was GMing the game, and the first player was Morton Smith (who went on to be one the game writers at Nightfall Games). It wasn't until around June, 1993 before the game would be published, but then, I was only 16 in 1987, and I couldn't get a business grant!

Originally, I wanted to go be an artist at Games Workshop when I left school. Unfortunately I was rubbish, and I didn't get the job (sigh...) but if I had SLA Industries may not have seen print.

(I did eventually do art for GW, around 2003 when I did a selection of freelance artwork for Black Library. The first commission was a Space Marine Chaplain fighting Gene Stealers - I was over the moon).

Dave Allsop


  1. Wow, is this really THE Dave Allsop? The actual creator of SLA? And you follow my little blog? I have to say I am well and truly honored. I've always wanted to write for SLA. I'd appreciate any feedback you could give on my blog. Or you could just keep following it. That's pretty cool in and of itself.

  2. Hi Dave

    I'm pleased your commission of Chaplain Wolfram was the source of such joy!

    Perhaps we can work together again one day.

    And I didn't know you were from Swindon. That's where my mum grew up.

  3. I did a bit o' that myself, and you never know I might do a bit more. I'm also a longterm roleplayer. I've not yet played SLA but I've seen it and was very impressed - I'll talk my lot into it eventually!! Maybe WE could work together some time!

  4. Your art is amazing, although I prefer your own work to Space Marines ;)