Thanks for all of your hard work and testing. These types of issues are (to me) some of the biggest hurdles to new players.
For me (an experienced II / ACOW player) the whole "do it yourself" routines for IV are the biggest stumbling blocks before total enjoyment.
I have, through bitter experience, learned how to make the game "work" ...
and that should not be so, esp. for new players / new buyers.
If TOAW is to survive, it must overcome these types of hurdles.
For now, it abides only due to the Herculean efforts of a very few dedicated players.
One only has to take a glimpse at a recent new users' recent post in "general" discussion,
about how to install a scenario / grafx, which was met with not an easy explanation,
but with almost outright derision.
That type of response to an honest question is very disheartening.
For me, I will continue to promote the game, but at this point, with all the rigamarole that seems to be required just to make it work, I too am almost ready to throw in the towel.
Let's hope that TOAW V will solve all our issues.