the message i got while trying to download was "whoops: there was an error while writing to your download folder!" (E1008), and right after that i get a message stating that it is offline and cant connect to the gog servers. what am i not doing?
It sounds like you're having some problems with the downloader.
Have you tried downloading the files with your browser ?
As for your problems with the downloader, check out this
article (scroll down to 6) , or this one
for more specific downloader issues.