Well, naturally I am distressed that any customer is disappointed.
There is random chance in battles and sometimes it's possible to get on a bad streak of luck. But I think that over the course of most games the luck should even out. Occasionally you will play a game in which you just can't catch a break. Is it trite to say that adversity reveals the genius of a general?
I'm still not clear on how you can move armies to Italy from Spain or Africa and where it tells you the current senate strategy.
Here is how you can determine the current decree of the Carthaginian Senate:
1) On the strategy map: click on the large "abacus" icon in the lower right area of the screen. Scroll down to the bottom using the "Elephant" scroll thumb. The last line lists the current decree.
2) On the strategy map: click in an empty area of the map so that no army, fleet, or city is selected. The panel on the left next to the Overview Map will list the current decree.
Here is how to get armies from Spain to Italy:
1) If you control Emporion in Spain and Genua in Italy free of siege, you may move an army directly from Spain to Northern Italy (Cisalpine Gaul).
2) If you don't control Emporion and Genua, you must move from Spain to Italy by way of Gaul. Forgive me for repeating some things you may already know, but a portion of Transalpine Gaul is included in the game as a province. That is the small green area north of the Alps. You can identify some of these areas on the map by turning on labels using the "L" hot key. You can identify mountain ranges by right clicking on them.
Anyway, if your Senate gives you permission to move to Italy, you may move armies in Spain to Gaul because that is "on the way." The game pretty much lets you move armies to intermediate provinces if those provinces really are "on the way" to a permitted theater.
3) If you control a port and have sufficient naval transport, you can move armies by sea. Drag the army to its destination while holding down the "alt" key. That will change the icon of the army to a transport ship to show that you are trying to move by sea. You drag and drop the army as usual. If there are conditions which prevent the move, you will get a hopefully meaningful error message. Possible errors would be the lack of a port of embarkation, a move which exceeds two sea zones in length, insufficient transport factors for the size of the army, etc.
You can move armies from Africa directly to Spain or Italy only by sea.
Again, I am sorry that you are not enjoying the game. If my post isn't helpful, please feel free to post again with perhaps a saved game which shows the conditions for the problems you are experiencing. That will allow me or someone else to make more concrete suggestions.
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