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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 #5:Clans

Publisher: Strategy First

Clans is a _really_ good looking adventure/puzzle/combat game featuring puzzles, storyline, and neat toys. The entire game takes place inside of a fortress, where your character is trying to retrieve the Crown of Peace from a demon. The storyline is that the elders banished the demon with the crown... but then they got complacent and the demon came back, hence your quest. In all, the game features 7 quests, each with its own quirks and part of the storyline to unravel.

As the player travels through the game, he learns various spells (7 in all... not too many but they are important ones) and gets nifty items like potions, relics, and of course various weapons (each of which has its own use: for example, a sword-bearing player can't go to certain paths, but an axe-wielder can cut down shrubbery to go there). The interface is easy to use, with usable items indicated by highlighting and mouse changes as they are moved past.

To add to the challenge of the game, no Quake-style playing is allowed. Upon three character deaths, the game is over -- you lose, start over. Of course, the savegame feature can get around this. In addition, there are four different characters to play, and the option to re-roll their stats as well (fun for all the RPG players out there). The best part of the game, however, is its incredibly low system requirements: the minimum processor is a P120, with a tiny installation and LOTS of gameplay.

In Short: All in all, Clans is a great game -- and if you finally get tired of playing it somehow, it's a great game to pass on to your kid brother that inherited your old system.

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

Page: 9/10

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