I plan to buy MOO 1and 2 from GOG, but I will play it on a notebook without numeric keypad.
I played MOO1 back in the days when it was a new game, and I think the numeric keypad was needed for tactical combat.
Does anyone managed to play on a computer withou num pad ?
Well I've played MoO2 all the way through (a few times) and I don't have a numeric keypad. So it's definitely possible to play without one. :)
I've played MoO1 a bit and I don't think it requires a numeric keypad either. Maybe the numeric keypads were used as shortcuts? However, all the tactical commands are available to click on in the screen and the game is turn-based, so even if it were the case that the numkey was used as a shortcut, the numkey pad wouldn't be necessary.
EDIT: I've checked the manual for MoO1... The numeric keypad doesn't seem to be used for anything. You should be fine. And are definitely fine for Mo02 ... enjoy!