Yea ... you only need to be online IF your patching, and can be offline while using the patch ... and apparantly can even save the patched data onto a physical source after the update as well.
That would solve my issue as I said, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus about this point...
To clarify, I'm NOT complaining about having to use Impulse to download a patch... the problem rises when you re-install the OS from scratch: the Stardock official info page clearly states that upon OS re-inizialization you have to go through the entire procedure again.
I'm not going to flame you because if you aren't trolling and really haven't bought a new game since BG2 then you are way out of the loop and don't understand the current gaming situation out there. Stardock has about the *least* intrusive DRM on the planet. How about needing an constant Internet connection to play a single player game? Go look at Ubisoft. I won't even talk about Steam and Steamworks.
All Stardock requires is that you register the game in Impulse....once and only once...and only if you want to get patches. You can totally ignore Impulse even exists after that. Run it only when you want to patch it.
And you can "archive" your games to disk at anytime, at least you used to be able to. This will give you an install file for the game in it's current state including all patches. You can then burn this to a DVD if you want. So that should cover you 20 yrs from now.
That means that if I reinstall the OS a lot, everytime I've got "to ask" for permission to use the game again. This is what I don't consider fair, even not taking into account the possibility to receive "no!" as an answer. Frankly, it doesn't seem like a "trollish" complaint, to me.
No permissions are needed. You reinstall your OS you then have 2 choices:
1) Install the game from your DVD again. If you wish to patch it reinstall Impulse, log in and patch away.
2) Install Impulse and log in. Download the entire game with most recent patches and install.
3) Install game via your archive file.