Greetings from a long time AlphaC player (have the OEM 1999 CD) but just deciding after a decade to see if there was a community. It appears there may well be, and several! I've already discovered a zillion expansions, patches, scenarios, mods and fun bits. My "AlphaC Everything" folder runneth over, my pate is anointed with fungus, my artifacts and my 20-14-8 air units, they comfort me. Mainly, I play on my 1.7 Ghz 2003 laptop away from the main hot PC, like when it's snowing with nothing to do on the couch or even in hospital when you really appreciate it! I also have Colonization (does that one need a few patches, sheeze!) and Civ 1 & 2, Populous and a brace of Mahjong on it. But they don't have the pure enjoyment of SMAC (as you say here). I'll catch Alien Crossfire soon and see what all the fun is about. I've been running SMAC on DOS 6, Win98SE and WinXP SP3 over the years. Win98 was great, no problems at all, but the 1st machine was slow (Home-built AMD 486-40, 16 MB, 340 HD, 2 MB VESAbus video card to start with, later a P133 momboard with 64 MB came along to the rescue). In XP the problems have been that the game choose screen presents me with 2 side-by-side buttons and nothing else. The left one starts the process for the single player game. The right seems to be for multi-player use, but I have been always against AI only. Took me a bit to get used to how fast the current PC ran the turns... little time to see the enemy units passing my visual areas. Also, I've learned to save every turn or 2, as there's a glitch crash occasionally after the 1st 10 turns. Sometimes it's been a good thing. . I'm hoping the patches will sort that. I've come bearing gifts, as one should to new fiends... er, friends. Found some info for you wanting to watch the game movies: http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?p=10800133#post10800133 I'm enjoying the site quite much already. But as an initial critique, you are seriously in need of Subsections for the Alpha Centauri category! All the threads are run together. The Civfanatics main forum page has Game sections, but there should be subsection categories for the Games! No way to sort the Mods from the Glitches from the Game Tips from the Hardware Help, etc., in the SMAC area that I could see. In closing, I have a few ideas about AC 2, like most of us. That's for a later day. -Cheers and mow your Fungus, y'all. It's looking positively East Houston round there!