In all honesty, I like plug and play games. Modding and/or having to fiddle with a system to get a game to play aren't much fun. Plus, Dala has like three laptops. I'm sure she can spare one. :)
As for Jagged Alliance, especially the first one, just keep in mind you're playing a game that's over 20 years old. There are some dated aspects, especially in the UI, but its bones are solid as hell.
Shadowwatch is fun as hell too.