Established in early 1996, The Syndicate® is the most successful Virtual Community in the history of Online Gaming.
We specialize in Game & System Testing, Strategy Guide Writing, Consulting On Systems Design and Round Table Feedback. We are a very well organized, professional, mature organization that has been involved with MMO projects for many years.
The quality of our work and our ability to deliver on time and maintain the secrecy of the projects we are currently working on is one of our hallmarks.
In addition to Game Development focus, we have a strong focus on growing our community, building friendships and in making the online gaming community better for all gamers. We regularly provide free feedback and testing to our developer friends to help create better "next gen" gaming content. Our engagements range from casual to very formalized and are a way for us to provide free support for game developers that leverages our passion for gaming and years of experience to make games better for all players.
By the time most MMORPGs launch, The Syndicate has been playing them for months (and in some cases for well over a year) as part of one of our engagements. We usually maintain an "outpost" within those games of current Syndicate members while the bulk of the guild moves onto our next major project. We do not add new members for games we only maintain an outpost in. We have actively played just about every game including, but not limited to: EQ & EQ2, Warhammer, Conan, LOTRO, DCUO, Rift, SWTOR, Aion, DDO, Wizard 101, Runescape, DAOC, Eve Online, Shadowbane, Tabula Rasa, Planetside and PoTBS to name a few. Syndicate outposts cover the landscape of MMORPGs. We only actively recruit new members for our presences in three major MMOs which are the worlds of Ultima Online, World of Warcraft and Shroud of the Avatar. We downsized our WoW presence going from over 500 active members (with 2,000+ characters) to around 200 active members in 2011. Our UO presence is also around 200 active members. Our SOTA presence is around 250 active members. There are around 500 active members participating in our consulting, testing and guide writing teams. You can get more details in our
Syndicate Extended Game Support (S.E.G.S.)
section of this site which are games that we actively play but from which we do not recruit new members.
The Syndicate is always looking at future "major game" expansion opportunities. Currently on our horizon are the following games that we are excited about:
Shroud of the Avatar - We will have hundreds of members, and multiple cities, when SOTA launches.
The Syndicate isn't a guild, we are the industry leaders in gaming excellence and the most successful virtual community in the history of online gaming.
There is far more to share about The Syndicate and what we stand for. Come in and explore our site. Read about our rich history, browse articles written about us, check out our Charter and FAQ to learn what makes us tick, read about the games we are a part of and much more. Step inside, for The Legend of The Syndicate awaits..
Guinness World Record for 22 Years!
The process of updating a Guiness World Record can be a lengthy one. It is not sufficient to claim a record. It is not sufficient to point to a webpage regardless of what that page says. You need a variety of independent, verifable, trustworthy sources. Even to renew/update a record, that takes time. As such, we skipped right over the 21 year record and landed at the 22 year record by the time that process completed for our latest record setting approval. There are always naysayers who say the are an older guild. However, The Syndicate doesn't claim to be the first guild. We hold the record for the longest, continuously operating guild. Some old guilds have disbanded/retired and then come back years later (or someone came out and used the name claiming lineage). That doesn't count. Some guilds merged with others along the way, adjusting their name but trying to claim lineage back to the start of the first entity. That doesn't count. Continuous opertation.. as a single entity.. no taking a break... no merging... no retiring... no imploding and reforming. Continual opertaion for 22+ years.. as an entity... is what this record is all about.
The Syndicate Turns 22 Years Old!
22 years ago, in February 1996, The Syndicate (www.LLTS.org) was born. Much has happened over those 22 years. More than 90,000,000 other guilds have risen and fallen.
MMOs were born, grew up and matured, proliferated like rabbits and entirely new genres of gaming were created. Throughout all that The Syndicate has created an amazing
community of adult gamers. A community with virtually no-turnover. No internal drama. No backstabbing. No unhappy implosions and mass departures for other groups. It is
truly a team of friends where hundreds gather each year for our annual SyndCon event. Where the average member has been here more than a decade. Where you can choose to invest
yourself in building friendships because you know those people will be around for years to come. Happy 22nd Anniversary!
The 16th annual SyndCon event happened this year in Austin Texas. Feature special guests from Dell/Alienware, Shroud of the Avatar, Crowfall, KingsIsle, Six Foot and Trion the event was a huge success. As in year's past, money was raised for organizations The Syndicate support, there was a large LAN event, tournaments of games, karaoke night, the annual meeting, studio tours and even a picnic at Richard Garriott's famous Castleton property. New artwork was revealed, schwag handed out and a great time had by the 200+ attendees.