Clans have been around for years. Not sure if it was a Cossacks thing, as I never was involved to the multiplayer experience until I played Cossacks? I played as a lone wolf for about a year, and had several regular opponents and was asked on day to join  clan. It was a clan of Americans, and they preferred the 10pt with Art options. I was introduced to a website forum, where we would all post "battle reports" where we would discuss wins, and defeats. and this option was vigorously pursued. With almost nightly readings and postings. I would come home and pour over these reports and learn from them, add to them, before going online to play. I have joined other clans over the years, but this was the only clan that was so progressive in bringing all of their members up to the same level. I really missed those days. It was about the members, not about having only the best players. Other clans I know of have the same theory, OC, PUR, BOB, and RUKA. Who knows perhaps these days can be brought back.