Triad are a primarily Swedish c64 (and to some extent Amiga) demo and cracking group. Triad was originally formed on July 28th, 1986 as a merger of three smaller Swedish entities; 3001 (Lucifer, Skydive, Ixion from Västerås), Crackers of Dawn (C.O.D) (Arrow and Fred from Stockholm), and the two-man crew RND and Mr. Z from Gothenburg. This formed a triangle on the Swedish map, which was an inspiration for taking that particular name. Another cracker was an early recruit, 3D contributed releases as early as october of that year (see Fist II).
For a brief while in july 1987, The Steady Importing Network acted as an American importing arm for the group. A crack intro released in august mentions new Swedish members joining. Legendary cracker Mr. Z left the scene this year, seemingly releasing his last cracks in september. However, the group received a serious boost in september, when the entire group Relax joined them, including talented cracker Janitor to take over the void left by Mr.Z! At the end of december, they coarranged the Triad & Fairlight Copy Party 1987 in Huddinge, Sweden.
The group's leader and supplier Ixion went to university in the summer of 1988, and could therefore no longer control Triad. Thanks to a few members like 801DC they managed to keep it going until they could find a new general manager. Jerry (and his son, Sergeant Pepper) was recruited to the group for this purpose, and Jerry remained the leader of the group until his death in 2010. Swedish cracker Rowdy left for Heptagon in september. German editor of the papermag Illegal, Jeff Smart, left for Scouse Cracking Group in october of 1988, after 8 1/2 months in Triad. German coder T'Kay followed him to Scouse Cracking Group in december.
Two small demos were released at the Horizon and Equinoxe party in may of 1989, Raster Blast by Bob and Vinter Mums by 801DC. The group suffered the loss of a lot of members when swedes Euzkera, Bob, Taito, Sensei, Psycho, Contring, Swallow, Guran, Shark, CRT and Dragon left to form a new group called Censor Design. Things went from bad to worse when also Squelch, Codex, Slaygon and Darklord also decided to move on to Censor a little later. In november, they co-hosted a party in Bålsta, Sweden with Light and Oneway. In december they were reinforced when swedish cracker Tycoon joined them from Light.
Swedish graphician Wilson joined from Level 11 in june of 1990. In august, crackers Tycoon and Injun Inc. both left to rejoin Light. News in Amok's Sex'n'Crime 16 that they both left for Oneway would seem to be false. Swede Stanz was kicked in september, and rejoined Dynamix. Swedish cracker Watchman left for Fairlight around november. The new diskmagazine Gamers Guide 1 was released in late november or early december, and announced The Golden Child left the scene around november to concentrate on school and real life. In fact, this was a blatant lie, since The Golden Child was in fact identical to BOTH graphician Otto von Bismarck and editor William Godwin of the same mag.
Gamers Guide 2 and 3 were released in january of 1991. Gamers Guide 4 followed in early february, released in conjunction with the demo Utopia. Sometime during february, Swedish swapper and sysop Pimpernell joined from Triumph. Issue 5 announced editor William Goodwin's cut-back on swapping, in order to have more time for the guide. His old contacts were given to their new Swedish megswapper Cleric, who joined from Chaos Ind. It also announced that there is no longer any Triad Amiga section, that Daw had left Censor to rejoin, and that Chorus had left Flash Inc to rejoin. Gamers Guide 6 announced that the group had recruited another swapper, Dutch. Spirou and the board Future Zone had also been recruited, while coder and cracker Hero had left for Light. Then came easter, and every group in Sweden travelled to the Horizon Easter Party 1991. Shortly after came the release of Gamers Guide 7, which carried the false news that William Godwin had been killed in a car accident, and that Bismarck had taken over his duties. The two were, in fact, the same person - and no accident had taken place. It also announced Verdun and Metal Maniac had left the scene. Recently joined Cleric failed to make good on his promise of supplying hot originals, and was therefore kicked in april. In response to this, he spread a harsh note accusing Triad of cheating in the Gamers Guide. They adressed his accusations in Gamers Guide 8 - which also announced Pimpernell leaving the group for Science 451 after only two months. Rumours were going around that Bismarck and Tracer had also joined, but these were false. After a small delay due to group reorganizing and the development of a new intro and code, Gamers Guide 9 was out in may. Lots of news about Triad since last time; their american board Fabulous Disaster (sysop Flyboy) finally left them, since noone in Triad called it. The board is now in F4CG. God alone knows what happened to WARES DOMINE, by the way, that joined from Paramount in the very first months of the year? Also Swedish sysop Spirou (FUTURE ZONE) left after two months, teaming up with Light, leaving Triad without a single board. Instead of recruiting new ones, Jerry started working on THE STUDIO with an eye to having it up as soon as possible. The final blow was dealt when Swedish graphicians (and brothers) Akay and Skywize left the group for Science 451 after a short membership. But all was far from black, since the group was also seriously reinforced in may - Swedish swappers Tranziie and Raven joined, as well as coder Kravin (who did the intro for the new Gamers Guide). As if this was not enough, they also recruited four Germans from Hitmen; Curlin, Thunder, Racoon and Alfatech - and as a bonus got their diskmag "ViNews". Issue #8 was already released under the Triad label by the time GG #9 was out. Alfatech joined the army in october. Triad debuted on the Amiga with First Amiga Intro in october, listing Aragorn, Cruiser, De Meyer, Emax, Kap, Musse, Psychopath (in november, R.A.W 1 reported that Psychopath had left Amaze for Triad), Shark, Skyhigh, Sultan, Sweda Head, Trooper and Harakiri in Sweden, Phantomas and Rampower in Germany, Chris in The Netherlands, Flyboy and The Hacker in the USA as active members on the Amiga.
Cracker and supplier Ream joined from Hotline (who had just died) in january of 1992. He eventually left to form Accuse and finally wound up in Alpha Flight 1970. The july amiga release A Small Intro announced Ironsaxe (gfx) as a new member. Stiff and Mercy joined Epic, likely in december (or possibly january next year).
Mr.Ammo joined from Blaze in january of 1993. Swedes Bismarck (aka Otto von Bismarck) and Aktie (Linus) both quit early this year. Scope and Midnight Mover (sysop ILLUSION OF REALITY) both joined from Vision in may. Scope moved on to Genesis Project, while swedish swapper Tech (David Annergran) left the scene for his newfound girlfriend. Swedish swapper Dutch (new 03/91) joined Dual Crew early this year. Sailor rejoined, and the board KINETIC DREAMS was recruited to be the new WHQ in may. Swedish swapper Incubus (Robin Forsberg, ex Antic, new early93) left the c64 for the amiga scene around june - Incubus was likely sweden's biggest swapper at the time. Swedes Dane, Johan, Tango and Twoflower were all recruited from Twilight in august with their mag "Arise". This meant that Triad now had two mags, "Arise" and "Gamers Guide". Over time, Dane developed his skills so that he was now also a musician. He released his first tune at the Tribute 94 party in november.
September of 1994 brought about a quick reorganizing; Vain (swap) and Tao (code crack) joined, Slice rejoined, while Trident (later to resurface in Active) and Achilles (Jonas Almqvist) left the scene; Owen joined Agony; Swedish swapper Tranziie left the active memberstatus and finally Midnight Mover reopened ILLUSION OF REALITY. At the Tribute Party in november, Iopop joined from JAM. The idea was that he would make a new diskmag (he had previously released 12 issues of "Jamaica" for his previous group) for Triad, but those plans eventually fell through.
The Swedish bbs Virtual Light opened in january 1996.
Swedish coder and graphician Hollowman is no longer a member as of 2002.
Sailor returned to active status in the early months of 2003.
Iopop contributed an intro (in cooperation with Dane/Crest) for Oxyron's diskmag Attitude 7 in january of 2004.
On the 28th of July 2011, TRIAD turned 25 years old and celebrated with the release of Attitude 12 in cooperation with Oxyron, as well as a new homepage. On august 8th, Itch's csdb profile was updated indicating he was no longer a member of Triad. On december 21st, Archimedes and Lynx were announced as new members, and three days later Lynx made his comeback as a cracker with the release of Pot Nabber + - 17 years after his last c64 release.
On february 13th, 2012 new members Aristotle, Ruk and Houbba were announced on the homepage. On march 4th, Itch's csdb profile was edited to reflect that he was back in Triad. On march 22nd, Spot's csdb profile was updated to the fact that he had left Triad - and his profile on the Triad homepage further revealed that he had left the c64 scene altogether to focus on the Amiga with Up Rough. On april 14th, Triad announced a further two new recruits; Icon and Abaddon had both joined the group. The Triad homepage listed the following people as active members as of may 6th, 2012 - King Fisher, Ca$h, Twoflower, Tao, Iopop, Taper, ne7, Dalezy, cmp, Itch, Sirols, Bepp, Romppainen, Lynx, Archimedes, Aristotle, Ruk, Houbba, Icon and Abaddon.
During Datastorm 2013 in february, Malmix and Pezac joined the group (as reported in the party report published in Attitude 14). The group co-arranged Baroque Floppy People 2013 in august and Gerp 2013 in september.
The group coarranged Gubbdata 2016 in Lund, Sweden in july, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the group at the same time.