Well, now that I have reached turn 30 ... the game seems to not want to finish the phase of "Checking Replacements: Axis" so that I can start turn 31. This is my third try at a starting my turn 31.
My first try, the game finished "checking replacements", then decided to show all objective paths (so that my screen was covered with the blue lines). It would not respond to clicking "begin Axis turn 31."
Second try: (reloaded my last saved game, let Elmer move again)....the second try: the game again froze during the "Checking Replacements: Axis". I waited for 30 minutes. "Not Responding." So, I killed the process via Task Manager.
THIRD TRY: this time, I reloaded my last saved game, set the map view to "2D TINY", turned off all sound ... and it seemed to be working well, no "black screens", no "freezing" during Elmer's move, I watched happily as he moved his little ant army. Even the railroad moves went smoothly across the map. The game froze during "checking replacements: Axis". I've been waiting a good 45 minutes, and the little progress bar is stuck halfway, with the message bar stating, "(Not Responding)".
Needless to say, it is disappointing to have to endure these reloads, fingers crossed, hoping that the game doesn't freeze. I'm not interested in going through all the "uninstall this", patch that, patch again, try Steam, etc. to get a game working.
For $60, I hoped to get at least a fairly stable game, especially considering that I purchased it LONG after it was released, and "patched".
So, cheers to you all, and I hope you enjoy your games. FWIW, I got to within 100 kilometers of Moscow.
I won't be back.
And, if Matrix reads this, I will NEVER AGAIN purchase another of your products. Have fun, everyone! Cheers!