The time from when I finish setting up a new game to when I can push the start button on the leader picture is about 30 min. I don't know if there is an issue with my pc, windows defender, or something else. It has gotten worse and worse since the base game. I think it only took maybe twice as long as the leader intro dialog to finish. Now it takes a long time for that to come up. I read one article that suggested setting and exclusion in windows defender. But I am looking for any other suggestions. BTW : The pc is about 10 years old (I5-750, 4gigs of ram). While I met the original minimum specs, I realize there might have been some creep away from those. Once I get the game going, I don't have any issues.