Some CD rom emulators work OK with CIV3, I can post a link if it does not offend anyone? I've used it suceesfully since installing a new CD/DVD compo, which causes crashes with most of the games. Reboot: Besides the value for money on PTW, consider the developers side. It is a year since civ3 release, if their effort on PTW is not rewarded they focus on more mainstream stuff. I vote for more civ, $30 will not be much per hour anyway !