Pop-ups flow can be easily customized, just right-click the one that you find non-critical, then choose appropriate option (show in log/don't show at all). As for pause/speed of the game, my standard system is the highest speed in 1936-1939 period (peace), slow when there is a lot of action (like Fall Weiss/Fall Gelb/Barbarossa type of operation), then normal during the less action-packed times (Sitzkrieg, preparations for the next blitz...). Pause is here to use it - think of about it as like about turn in normal wargame.
But of course, everything is a matter of taste - if whole desing doesn't suit you, no problem. Some people prefer blondes, some - brunettes.
PS. And battle scenarios are just an add-on to the full campaigns, designed for fast MP action. I guess it would be better if demo was based on tutorial, instead of one of those...
< Message edited by Koper -- 12/28/2004 3:58:30 PM >