Okay - the bad news: the power supply fan on my only working computer (a slim model emachine) started making funny noises, ugh.
The good news: a friend brought me an old computer someone was throwing away and I was able to repair it and install Windows.
The best news: it is faster and more powerful than that emachine! The emachine was one of those "slim" computers that was hard to work on and not easy to upgrade. It was slow and had lots of lag doing anything.
I still have to install all my software on this new box, and I plan to move it into another room along with the cable modem, but overall I should be able to get back to work on 'dragon' soon. I'm hoping it is powerful enough that I'll be able to listen to music while programming again, that'll motivate me to get more done. :)
I really want to have a playable game by the end of summer.