Why all the hate for old DOS games? Some of the best games I ever played were DOS games... and half the fun was getting them to run in the first place.
I never played Wasteland, but I did play EA's Wasteland clone/unofficial sequel, Fountain of Wet Dreams which I picked up for a dollar about 15 years ago. It was similar to Bards Tale, but with Killer Clowns, and I enjoyed it enough that I played it to completion. I hear Wasteland was better with more depth, so I wouldn't mind giving it a try.