Alas, I am finding this game to be sadly bug-ridden. Aside from the above-described game-ending bug, in subsequent PBEM and solo games, all on Grand Alliance campaign:
- my Bourbon opponent in PBEM decided to quit when one of his Spanish armies, sent to quash a rebellion in Africa, simply disappeared
- in a solo game, when I played the Grand Alliance option of having Savoy switch sides, an identical Savoy army, including the leader, spawned as pro-Hapsburg, while the original pro-Bourbon Savoy forces, including the identical leader, remained on the map
- in another solo game, I gave up when newly purchased British militia garrisons I tried to place in England also simply disappeared on placement
It has been about a month for this bug post, with no reply. I understand that people are likely on vacation...but we'll see. Post release quality control for many AGEOD games seems limited to non-existent, and we are talking significant known bugs. It is really sad because so many of these games are very promising, but it seems once they get released they are semi-abandoned, bugs or no. Again, these aren't minor work-around bugs, but pretty bad ones. I wonder if WOS is now to follow this trend of abandonment.