2016-2017



Older Than Dirt    (Jan 2017):
In late 2016, The Syndicate was approached via email under a false pretext. The pretext was that they were going to be interviewed for an article about guilds. The piece was actually a praise article for a specific guild the writer was a part of. It used references to The Syndicate as a way to draw a comparison of us to them. While their size is impressive and while we fully support other groups success (as we believe that a strong community benefits all gamers) the context under which we were interviewed was not transparent. As such, only a tacit reference to the original article remains in the version we show here. An excerpt is: Founded in February of 1996, the Syndicate is currently the world’s oldest active online gaming group. They attribute much of that success to the organization’s nature as its own community. Real-life events help Syndicate members connect to one another and keep the community strong.

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MOLDS2 SyndCon Podcasts    (Sept 2016):
The podcast team from MOLDS 2 came to SyndCon 2016 and recorded a number of interesting podcasts. They did one with the Broadsword team. One with the Impellar team. And one with the makers of the Holoseat. An excerpt is: DC & Ed sit down with two of the developers of Ultima Online and discuss the game, Ferrits that stab you in the back, the green knight and how much he sux, marriage gifts & much more!

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UO Newsletter    (July 2016):
Broadsword's Ultima Online newsletter from July 2016 talks about SyndCon 2016. An excerpt is: Kyronix and I have been invited to speak at SyndCon again this year and are are looking forward to speaking with all of the players from the oldest guild in online-gaming history. Congratulations to the Syndicate on maintaining this distinguished honor!

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Good Gaming Press Release    (Apr 2016):
The folks at Good Gaming published a press release about their tournament platform that mentioned The Syndicate. An excerpt is: Good Gaming's world-class 2.0 tournament platform is now complete. The system is capable of supporting tournaments of up to 512,000 participants concurrently. Over the next two weeks, Good Gaming intends to test the platform robotically and through trial tournaments. To support this effort, Good Gaming has partnered with one of the oldest and most respected gaming guilds in existence called "The Syndicate" (http://www.llts.org), which has roughly 1,200 members worldwide and has tested some of the most widely-played online games in the world. The Syndicate has provided consulting services for many of the world's leading online games publishers over the past 20 years.

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20th Anniversary from MMORPG.COM    (Feb 2016):
The folks at MMORPG.COM posted an article about the 20th Anniversary. An excerpt is: Online gaming community The Syndicate is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Calling itself "the most successful online gaming community in online gaming", the guild holds a Guinness World Record for the longest continiously operating online guild. In addition, there have been two books published about The Syndicate and much, much more.

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Nerdgency Shirts    (Feb 2016):
Often at SyndCon, we give out TShirts to attendees. The shirt is always unique to that event and is Syndicate themed. An artist within the guild helps to design them. He worked at Nerdgency and they used those shirts as a marketing tool. An excerpt is: The Syndicate holds the Guinness World Record for longest-running online gaming community, and one of us here at The Nerdgency happens to be a member. They are involved in everything gaming; beta testing, strategy guide building, in-game guilds and much more.

Every year, The Syndicate hosts a convention called SyndCon. In 2011, the founders decided they wanted to commemorate the con with t-shirts for attendees. Working with the guild leader and their vendor, we worked through a number of concepts to develop a shirt that fit the look and feel of the group.


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20th Anniversary from Alienware    (Feb 2016):
The Syndicate has been a partner with Alienware for years. We do product testing and provide feedback on a recurring basis. When we reached our 20th anniversary, they commented on it via their Facebook page. An excerpt is: Congratulations to Sean and all the members of The Syndicate who, like us, are celebrating 20 years of gaming excellence. This clan has been a mainstay in the gaming scene and we've worked with them for many years via product research and feedback sessions. Cheers, we're lookin' forward to 20 more!

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20th Anniversary from Broadsword    (Feb 2016):
In February 2016, The Syndicate celebrated its 20th anniversary as a community. Broadsword commented on the milestone event during a news post about Ultima Online. An excerpt is: On a side note, we would like to congratulate the Syndicate on celebrating its 20th year milestone as a guild! If any other guilds have an upcoming major anniversary please let me know so we can share the accomplishment with the rest of the Ultima Online community. It’s organizations like this that help keep our community going strong.

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EBay Scammer    (Jan 2016):
In January 2016, the buyer of an item on EBay contacted us to learn more about what he had purchased. He supplied a link to the item which led to an investigation that resulted in the conclusion he had been scammed. He was sold one of the 2006 Syndicate Collectors coins. It is a neat item and very very few of them exist outside of Syndicate guild members. But, what he was told about the item was almost entirely false. When you click the link below you will see a copy of the Ebay listing and pictures. Here are some of the more major falsehoods the seller espoused:
  • The coin is not 2oz of .999 silver. Its a nickle blank that is coated in silver.
  • The ENTIRE Certificate of Authenticity is made up. None of the details are correct. The designer and the hand sculpter are ficticious. The manufacturer is ficticious. The "in memory of" just reeks of "scam" (really? Richard Johnson? In memory of D*ck D*ck?).
  • The coin has nothing at all to do with Everquest II.
So, its being memorialized here as an example of being careful what you buy. The buyer was able to report the seller and we did as well so hopefully a similar scam doesn't happen again.

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