Great, maybe now someone at Matrix will finally pay attention. Scott L., a member of iNWC, and I are experimenting. We went back to the original version, 1.02, and started a new game. The "password" screen showed up when I received his file and tired to "start" a game. I put one a password in, but thereafter no matter what I did, the game did not start, just went back to the beginning of the section process.
Last year I played an PBEM game with another guy for a while--the security system never reared its ugly head. We played several turns by e-mail, no password screen ever arose. He then disappeared, which was weird because he was winning handily as the Austrians, and unfortunately the saved PBEM files from game are long gone. I have no idea what I did to start that game and avoid the security system; I didn't even know it existed until Scott and I tried to start a game in 1/2010. If do you happen upon the answer, please let us know. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. (I also belong to iNWC.)
George S. Meyer