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Get SimCity 2000 SE, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper 1 & 2, and more DRM-free EA classics 60% off!

This weekend nearly 30 classic from the Electronic Arts collection make their way to GOG.com with a solid flat-rate 60% discount. A line-up of timeless games arriving at such speed deserves to be called nothing shorto of a Classic EA Convoy! You'll find memorable stand-alone titles here, as well as all-time favorite series. Games from many genres to suit all tastes and temperaments. Whether you are an adventurous soul, a keen manager, or a daunting pilot, you'll find an excellent match for yourself on our promo page. But before you go there, let's take a quick look at some of the brilliant games we offer you today, shall we?

There was a time that all that a aspiring mayor of a virtual town needed, was a computer plugged in into nothing more than a power socket. Well, that and a copy of SimCity 2000, preferably the Special Edition that allowed you not only to construct and manage your town--that is: metropolis--but also allowed you to become an architect and design your very own buildings using the patented Urban Renewal Kit. Oh, yes! City-building was carefree and full of bliss, back in the day (up until an earthquake or alien invasion--but even that only happened locally). Many have forgotten, but we, here at GOG.com, remember. Today you can experience the urbanistic utopia once again, for only $2.39--a fraction of what you'd be paying for building a birdhouse, let alone a city!

If you prefer a smaller scale in your managerial sim, but maybe even more gameplay intensity, you should pick up Theme Hospital for only $2.39. This medical facility simulation takes serious matters like health care and exotic diseases with a hefty pinch of humor. Treating Hairyitis in patients suffering from prolonged exposure to moonlight might be a tad challenging, but its got to be fun at the same time. After all, not every day you get to order flea-powder and silverware compress as a treatment, right. Only here!

Lots of humor, even if a bit darker in tone, you will also find in Dungeon Keeper and Dungeon Keeper 2, Bullfrog's excellent fantasy games pitting iron-clad heroes and heroins against a horde of vile dungeon-dwelling monsters led by a repulsive demon. The twist is: this time around you're the evil boss of the dungeon. Command your minions, design deadly traps, and fend off those damn do-gooders trying to perform their petty quests. You also get to hoard ridiculous heaps of gold and jewels here, and the entry investment is only $2.39 for each of the games.

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, just as all of the games above, delivers complex and deep strategic gameplay with lots of factors to track at once--probably even more then the others. On top of that, it presents you with the most important task ever undertaken by the humankind: colonization of space! Taking everything that was so involving and enjoyable about the Civilization game, this one takes matters into an otherworldly setting. The version we offer here comes with the elusive Alien Crossfire expansion, all for the low price of--you guessed it--$2.39!

Impressive? Oh, but that's just the tip of the giant mountain of DRM-free EA gems we have lined up for you in our Classic EA Convoy! Be sure to check the whole promo page, not to miss out on any of the excellent titles we offer 60% off until until Tuesday, May 7, at 3:59AM GMT.

Have a nice weekend!
I'd be happy to buy the lot, but I'm only interested in MS-DOS based games (those that come with DOSBox).

Is there an indicator at the store page that helps me figure this out?

Some are obvious (fancy 3D graphics), but some games for example run in ScummVM, so looking at screenshots could be misleading...
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Mau1wurf1977: I'd be happy to buy the lot, but I'm only interested in MS-DOS based games (those that come with DOSBox).

Is there an indicator at the store page that helps me figure this out?
I don't think there is, but I agree that it would be a very welcome improvement if there was any indication whether a GOG release is based on the Windows or the DOS version of a game, if it uses any emulators and which one. I don't know why they omit such important information on the game pages, couldn't be so hard to add them unless there are some legal issues involved?
Post edited May 03, 2013 by Leroux
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Mau1wurf1977: I'd be happy to buy the lot, but I'm only interested in MS-DOS based games (those that come with DOSBox).

Is there an indicator at the store page that helps me figure this out?

Some are obvious (fancy 3D graphics), but some games for example run in ScummVM, so looking at screenshots could be misleading...
All Ultimas (except part 9 of course), Wing Commander 1-3 plus Privateer and Lands of Lore 1+2 are running with DOSBox. :)
Post edited May 03, 2013 by RS1978
Lots of really great games. But I already have all those that I want.

But if someone doesn't have all the Origin and Bullfrog classics: get them now. The Ultimas (apart from 9), the Wing Commanders. Syndicate, Dungeon Keeper and the city/world sims from Bullfrog are with good reason in every Hall of Fame of Gaming. :-)
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Mau1wurf1977: I'd be happy to buy the lot, but I'm only interested in MS-DOS based games (those that come with DOSBox).

Is there an indicator at the store page that helps me figure this out?

Some are obvious (fancy 3D graphics), but some games for example run in ScummVM, so looking at screenshots could be misleading...
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RS1978: All Ultimas (except part 9 of course), Wing Commander 1-3 plus Privateer and Lands of Lore 1+2 are running with DOSBox. :)
+ Populous 1 and Populous 2 (but not The Beginning), both Crusader games, Starflight 1+2, Bioforge, Magic Carpet, SimCity 2000, Syndicate, Theme Hospital and Dungeon Keeper 1 (many wished there would be also the win-version)

Maybe it's easier to go the opposite way. All releases use Dosbox, except following windows games:
Ultima 9, Wing Commander 4, Dungeon Keeper 2, Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri, Nox, Populous: The Beginning and Lands of Lore 3

Edit: Only Lands of Lore 1 would be also a possible ScummVM release, but as far as I know gog uses dosbox (to be absolutely sure you maybe want to check the subforum)
Post edited May 03, 2013 by DukeNukemForever
Ugh, my poor wallet =(
If I hadn't bought Settlers the other day, or Stronghold, or Stronghold Crusader I'd be able to afford some of these. :D Why can't they have this sale in June when my B&B is full and I could actually buy some of this stuff!?!?!

KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!


Side Note: Are any of these going anywhere that anyone knows of? I can hold off the all the WCs because they'll go on sale again at some point unless unknown to me this whole sale is a hint that this stuff is about to be pulled.
Anyone know anything that I don't? I mean with regard to this post, I don't need a lecture on basic math thank you very much. :P
Post edited May 03, 2013 by tinyE
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Mivas: And a question for Ultima 7 fans: Is it the Elder Scroll-type of RPG (NPCs are only vendors/quest givers, environment is mainly enemies and dungeons and focus is on stats and fight) or PS:T type of RPG (primarily oriented on dialogue and NPCs, mostly on the ground than underground)?
I would say it's both. Dialogue is the more important part of the game and the NPCs all have their daily schedule. So they are not just static vendors/quest givers, but form a very much alive society. Many of the quests revolve around mediating between different factions or solving some crime through investigations.

But there is also fighting in the wilderness and there are dungeons that are full of traps and enemies. Combat is real time (not turn based as in the earlier Ultimas or the D&D games) and can be a bit hectic. But once you get the hang of it and have some decent equipment, it's not hard (as long as Iolo doesn't shoot you in the back with his triple crossbow...).

And yes, there is also bread-baking, and spinning, and weaving. And something like a rudimentary trade system (for example flour is obviously cheaper at the mill that it is in the city, so you can make a profit as a trader, if you want). Or you can help with the harvest at some farm and many more small things to do.
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Lifthrasil: ...
I almost drooled reading the last paragraph. :) Thanks for the reply. I grabbed the game along with AC and DK2 and confirmed that paying by PayPal is indeed way cheaper than directly with my card in the process. This Friday is great :3.
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Snickersnack: Neither! Ultima 7 is a bread baking simulator. ;)
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Leroux: So it's more like Arx Fatalis? ;)
Partially. Arx Fatalis was heavily influenced by Ultima. After all it is the spiritual successor to the Ultima Underworlds. But the bread baking thing came from the 'overworld' Ultimas, yes.
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Mau1wurf1977: I'd be happy to buy the lot, but I'm only interested in MS-DOS based games (those that come with DOSBox).

Is there an indicator at the store page that helps me figure this out?

Some are obvious (fancy 3D graphics), but some games for example run in ScummVM, so looking at screenshots could be misleading...
There's a list on the GOGWiki: http://www.gogwiki.com/wiki/Category:Games_packaged_with_DOSBox
So it looks like we also got a fresh DLC for Omerta? "Arms" something. Probably best not advertised. :P

But absolutely fantastic promo! Now, about these "mind-blowing" classics: I know May is far from over, but I'm loading my letterbombs as we speak. Playing the "waiting game" instead of Hungry Hungry Hippos.
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tfishell: So it looks like we also got a fresh DLC for Omerta? "Arms" something. Probably best not advertised. :P
Ouch. I was really hoping they'd listen to the feedback about finding better ways to integrate DLC into the website before adding any more of them (e.g. merging them with original game's page, as suggested several times in the according thread, instead of letting them clutter the catalogue). The way they do it at the moment totally confirms the worries of those who don't want to see GOG turn into another Steam or GamersGate regarding the catalogue selection. There's not even an option to hide them / filter them out when browsing the catalogue (not to mention the fact that these exemplary "pioneer DLCs" for Omerta all seem to be very minor packages, the kind you can spam the catalogue with indefinitely, to every publisher's heart's content). :/
Post edited May 03, 2013 by Leroux
I already have my chest filled of EA classics, but great chance for others to pick them up at a great price.
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rjspring: I already have my chest filled of EA classics, but great chance for others to pick them up at a great price.
Funny, something about you strikes me as a Warcraft fan. Hmmmmm, what could it be? :P