A warm welcome and worry no more - providing accessible information and easy to follow tutorials is exactly the reason I created these threads. Just check my previous ones for Thief and Dragon Age: Inquisition to see what the OP will look like in the near future!
I'd be more concerned about many thousands hitting the GOG servers at once come the 19th. A 500 MB download to get the game running is a little large with so much traffic being likely. I foresee problems......
I hope so! The Witcher 2 launch was, well, farcical. It was four days later before my game finally updated with the first patch making it playable. And that was just a relatively small patch, 70 MB if I remember correctly, this time there are actual game files to be downloaded as well. Time will tell, I just feel they are leaving too much to be downloaded at launch.
Importing Saved Games
You can import a saved game from The Witcher® 2: Assassins of Kings. Doing so will incorporate the choices you made in that saved game into your The Witcher 3 experience.
To*import a saved game, click on “Import The Witcher 2 saved game” in the Main Menu under the “New Game” option.
NOTE: This option is only available if there are saves from The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings present in the saved game folder: %SystemDrive%\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents\Witcher 2\gamesaves
Any The Witcher 2 saved games present in that folder can be imported into The Witcher*3: Wild Hunt. However, it is highly recommended you use the final autosave from Act 3 of The*Witcher*2, as any earlier saves will not incorporate choices made in the latter stages of the*game. Default settings will be applied to any choices not imported.
If no The Witcher 2 saved games are present, a dialogue can be triggered during the Prologue, allowing you to answer questions to simulate an import of your choices from The Witcher 2
As you can see, as long as you have a W2 save game located in the targeted location, you should be able to import it into W3.
Good stuff. Always great having essential information in one place. Though I hope that I won't have to visit this thread too many times to solve problems. Just made a huge mistake and ordered a GTX 980, arriving on Tuesday.