Cool supporting GOG like that. They had a sale on the Ultima series not that long ago. I recall that they bundled 1-3 and 4-6 together, not sure about the last 3, but all those games are fully patched. They were giving Martin Dreams and Savage Empire away free for a while also, I snagged them though not yet played them.
They are still giving away Ultima IV, Martian Dreams and Save Empire. Ultima 1-3 and 4-6 are bundled together for $5.99 each, and the "Complete Ultima VII" (Ultima VII, Serpent Isle, Forge of Virtue and Silver Seed) is also $5.99.
I think you'd really love Bioshock. It defentily has some System Shock aspects to it, along with a great story, fun gameplay, and really making you feel like you're in the game. Bioshock 2 wasn't as good, but the first one is defentily a classic and well worth playing.
I started playing it on the 360 some time ago, got distracted and never went back to it. I now have both Bioshock 1 and 2 in Steam, and now that I've built a bad-ass gaming PC I really need to play them. Especially with Bioshock Infinite coming in March, although it's not really a sequel to the other two ames.
Al, I'm also curious, since you're (clearly) playing Ultima 1 right now....when I tried the games recently, I found Ultima 1-3 so dated and stale and unforgiving and brutal compared to the later ones. What do you enjoy about them and how do you manage to go through them so easily as you hinted at eariler? Maybe if I had played it back BITD, but I was first exposed to games like Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy as a kid and went the JRPG route for many years as opposed to western PC style RPG's. Only recently have I gotten back into those, with the Elder Scroll and Fallout 3/New Vegas games.
Now that I've gotten back into Ultima I, it's a bit more complex than I recalled! I know I flew through it (and Ultima II) in a day or two at most, but those were probably morning to night days. I was pretty adept at games of this nature back then--not sure I can go through the with the same speed these days. I also didn't have the internet to distract me.
The maps in Ultima I are fairly small, and the towns and castles are pretty simple since they are only one screen. The last time I played I took meticulous notes and I always mapped the dungeons. Although the dungeons in Ultima I are randomized based on your character's name. I didn't play Ultima I very long last night and quickly realized that if I don't want to stumble around in the game I need to start taking notes again, and I need print out the world maps (there are four in I) so I can make notes on them. I probably won't map the dungeons this time, but instead will buy a ton of Ladder Up and Ladder Down spells.