Mid 20th century installation process.
If my buddy hadn't convinced me that it was a good game, i would have ditched it somewhere mid-point during the 3 hr+ download of the installer.
But, did wait it out, only to find that just installed a waaay outdated copy of shiaya that still needed to download 36 ours of download uness one encounters the dreaded c25 error.
Maybe only an hour lost to surfing the web to learn about modifying an INI file to allow it to re-download.
Unless of course, one encounters the c12 error (fix seems to be re-download everything again).
By the early years of this century, many, if not most downloads could just be resumed from where they had stopped.
Unfortunately, the shaiya downloader is a retro holdout that requires downloading everything again starting with file 1
Eventually, I did get all the necessary file and was able to start the game and verify that it would be ready if i ever got more free time.
Does it get better after this?