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Convention Coverage: GenCon 1999 -- Wrapup
Dates:Thursday, August 5th through Sunday, August 8th
Location: Midwest Express Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Event Management: Wizards of the Coast
Required System:Your feet and a willingness to have some fun.
Author:Michael Ahlf      Date: August 15th1999
Page: 1

Preview #4:Sanctum

Publisher: Digital Addiction

Sanctum, which is actually in production (and has been for a while now), is an interesting if less well-known game. The surprising thing? The game is free. Server play is free. The _cards_ cost money. Yes, this game actually sells online "cards", in packs of 15 like the regular collectible card games, The game interface is pretty nifty -- players play online against other humans, with a small grid-based battleground and two "Sanctums" (the headquarters of each player), casting spells (their cards), taking over towns for resources, and creating soldiers to attack and take over their opponent's Sanctum.

The card base is something nifty -- players can choose various "houses", each with its own set of cards. Cards are tradable and sellable (using various methods from online auction to IIRC arrangements). The card base is pretty large (the basic set and two "expansions" have been released, with a third to come soon). Players have 5 cards from their deck on hand at any given time, and some very nice ones too -- for example, one player may place a Vampire into play, while another may grant a boon on his soldiers making them twice as effective. The game is pretty close to what Wizards of the Coast originally touted Magic: The Gathering as: wizards meet, control their henchmen, and fight battles for control of the land.

In Short: If you like CCG's, give Sanctum a try.



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Added:  Sunday, August 15, 1999
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf

Page: 8/10

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