Well, I can't believe anyone would love Wasteland, since the interface is so horrible it it impossible to play. Not to mention all of it's other bad qualities, such as no dialogue and such. Sure, it has some extremely good qualities that would be great to have in today's games, but that doesn't mean it's a good game by any stretch in today's world.
Heh, I urge anyone to try Demons Winter and Deathlord, and then try Wasteland.
And yes, Dragon Wars was slightly based on the Wasteland engine in Skill use, etc. However, Dragon Wars is more of a Bards tale like game with a lot more options and ways to complete various quests. Awesome game, you should give it a whirl.