"But even more interesting is I had never heard of Microprose until I received the game. Fable, what kind of company are they? Small? Large? Medium? (I'm just curious and like to keep informed about this kind of stuff).:

In the early Apple II and PC days, they put out some war sims, Silent Service and Pirates being 2 big ones. They had as chief programmer one of gaming's true superstars, Sid Meier, of Civilization and Master of Orion fame, plus a lot of wargames. Pirates is being updated for modern computers and is to be released in November. Sid Meier now has his own company called Firaxis, I believe. Microprose may be gone, not sure.