Originally Posted by starliner
I would go the simplest route and get a full commodore 64 system, they are under $100 ish on ebay. There are lots of controller options, including ones that are from other systems (like colecovision).
Agree with c64 since the original version from Sid Meier was designed for the C64 and it will play perfectly right out of the box, though you may be wanting to play other DOS games later. If you're more confident you know what you're doing (getting proper ad-lib sound, etc) and must have the DOS version / are looking for a DOS retro build, hunt around goodwill/thrift stores in your area for a cheap old machine with a 5.25 floppy drive and frankenstein a PC together and hunt around ebay for other cheap parts.
It's very easy to find board + cpu + ram combos on ebay and decent graphics cards very cheap, but lately 5.25 drives always seem to be $40 or more which is a total ripoff, especially since you usually need to clean and lube them before they stop sounding like a plane crash
What OS besides XP will Red Storm Rising play nice with, Thanks.
I really wouldn't go with XP if you were doing this. At that point you might as well just play it in DOSBox on your modern PC with some ad-lib emulation. That's certainly the easiest route. This game came out when the 386 was the fastest PC CPU around, and AFAIK needs to be patched to run on even later windows 95/98 rigs. Typical suggestion for a game that old would be a 486 + MS-DOS 6.22 or maybe socket 7 - slot 1 (with ISA slots) and windows 98, but I'm not sure that game will run on 98 (Windows versions after 98 no longer ran on top of MS-DOS)
edit: It works on Windows 98 (just tested here), but ad-lib sound not working on an Aztech Sound Blaster 16 clone, only the old PC speaker (beep beep beep) works. So this game will be very choosy about which ad-lib capable sound cards it will work with.Edited by Serious_Don - 4/10/17 at 11:06am