An Online Gaming Group

History

TDO was formed on December 5th, 1997, and was the brainchild of Stendarr. Originally, TDO was set up as a European X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter squadron, playing on what was the Internet Gaming Zone.

Stendarr's first recruit was Kntajus, who took over the leadership when Stendarr left. Ably assisted by Adonai, TDO's membership grew in the late nineties with new people joining us from all over Europe, as XvT remained popular for an extended period. One of the things that set TDO apart was the creation of our own custom XvT campaigns and missions, which proved popular right across the world - the campaigns were downloaded by XvT fans as far apart as Puerto Rico, Japan and Australia. They also featured on a cover CD of a UK-based PC gaming magazine in 1999.

As time went on, TDO diversified into other games as well, including Colin McRae Rally, Unreal Tournament and Tactical Ops to name a few. As is to be expected, the membership changed somewhat over time, but a sizeable core of the membership stayed present, and they remain in contact to the present day. In fact, 2009 saw the weddings of 4 TDO members (not to each other!) and there was a TDO presence in the guest list for each one, across 3 different countries in Europe.

The summer of 2002 saw the organisation of the TDO LAN Party in Ulm. Some sterling work from Jippo in setting this up saw in the order of about 75 people from all over Europe packing up their PCs and making their way to a small unused industrial hall in Southern Germany. The success of this event prompted a followup LAN Party the following year in Amsterdam, which was smaller scale but equally as enjoyable, and even combined a day of paintballing.

With the release of Star Wars Galaxies in 2003, the obvious Star Wars ties to our original XvT heritage meant that a lot of members became active again and joined in. With the benefits that a larger guild brings within an MMO, TDO was merged into the larger group DND:

SWG was a firm favourite for a long time, and for many members was their first experience of MMO gaming.

DND is still going strong, although the membership tends to be spread across different games these days. The MMO scene has definitely proved popular though, with titles such as EVE Online, Pirates of the Burning Sea and of course World of Warcraft all having drawn interest over the past few years.

Whether a game ever arrives that draws the interest of so many members again, like SWG did, remains to be seen. Given our history, maybe Star Wars: The Old Republic may fit the bill one day... watch this space!