I should have learned my lesson years ago when dealing with any software with Akella's name attached to it. The concept was great (I enjoyed the more realistic play over Sid Meyer's Port Royal, etc.) but the software performance is always an issue. I am using Windows 7 - 64 bit with maximum ram and loaded the game outside of either of the Window's Program Files (Of course, initially StarForce wiped out my software and forced me to completely reload Windows twice until I found the software "crack".) I finally loaded the game and added the "Super MOD" in the appropriate order but continue to run into issues. At some point several months into "game time" it crashes to desktop and after I restart and load the game the weirdness begins. I arrive in port with all of my fighters missing. If I return to the ship and dock once more the fighters return. From that point on the same thing occurs at all ports and, additionally, all of the indicators for missions over the heads of characters no longer appear. If I question a character directly the they will offer a mission or credit me with completion of same. I have returned to earlier saved games and have also begun new careers, but the same results occur. Just as I had enjoyed "Age of Sail" games and such, it's just a damn shame Akella and/or MOD folks couldn't come up with some coding to fix this visually stunning and potentially fantastic game. I don't have much hope and will probably end up trashing this game for good, but has anyone any potential solution(s) to these issues?