Name: Sean Stalzer
Character Name: Dragons
Sean Stalzer is the founder of The Syndicate, often considered to be the first guild in all of Ultima Online. With thousands of members participating in the guild throughout the game’s 20-plus years, The Syndicate holds not only a membership log with thousands of names, but an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for being “the oldest, continuously operating online gaming community.”
Players logging into Ultima Online for the first time were simply trying to find their footing in a strange new fantasy world. After all, no one entered the game hoping to create the biggest, and most successful guild in gaming history, right?
Sean “Dragons” Stalzer got something of a sneak peek at Ultima Online in 1996 as part of the game’s pre-alpha test. While Stalzer said that while the test was minimal, it provided him with a look at what it would take to be successful in UO once it was finally released.
That secret sauce, as Stalzer saw it, was teamwork, and in February of 1996 he founded his historic guild, The Syndicate.
“I wasn’t finding what I was seeking in other guilds: the friendship, the long term commitment, and the team focus,” Stalzer said. “So, I elected to try my hand at starting my own guild.”
Read more of Sean Stalzer’s story in Chapter 2: The Digital Garden of Good and Evil.