The Syndicate

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    Established in early 1996, The Syndicate® is the most successful Virtual Community in the history of Online Gaming. We specialize in Gaming hardware feedback, 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. We have virtually no turnover so we maintain a high degree of institutional knowledge that we can roll forward from project to project.

    By the time most MMORPGs launch, The Syndicate has been playing them for months (and in some cases a year or more) 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 MMO. 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.

    Annually, since 2002, we hold SyndCon which brings together gaming hardware makers, game developers and Syndicate members, family and friends for 5 days. We raise money for charity and provide real time feedback on the future of gaming hardware and on in development games.

    Upcoming milestones are the 19th annual SyndCon event this fall and the 25th Anniversary of The Syndicate.
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