I've been having this problem for a while (a version or two back, I forget exactly) but I can't actually start a game after reaching the main menu. Start new game, loads, then crashes. Also the splash screen poster is being called a "missing file", but I swear I haven't changed anything. It just comes that way whenever I reinstall the program, it uses the missing file.png instead of the poster.
So I deleted the config.xml and I tried again. same thing.
the message reads:freeorion.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
I went searching for the information I could, but I'm not very computer savvy, so all I found were a few logs.
2008-06-07 06:49:52,296 DEBUG Client : OpenAL initialized. Version 1.1Renderer SoftwareVendor Creative Labs Inc.
Extensions: EAX EAX2.0 EAX3.0 EAX4.0 EAX5.0 EAX3.0EMULATED EAX4.0EMULATED AL_EXT_OFFSET AL_EXT_LINEAR_DISTANCE AL_EXT_EXPONENT_DISTANCE
2008-06-07 06:49:52,515 DEBUG Client : SDLInit() complete.
2008-06-07 06:49:52,515 DEBUG Client : GLInit() complete.
2008-06-07 06:49:54,015 DEBUG Client : Limited FPS to 60
2008-06-07 06:50:03,734 DEBUG AI : AI_1 logger initialized.
2008-06-07 06:50:04,281 DEBUG AI : Python stdout and stderr redirected
2008-06-07 06:50:04,390 DEBUG AI : Traceback (most recent call last):
2008-06-07 06:50:04,390 DEBUG AI : File "E:\FreeOrion\default\AI\FreeOrionAI.py", line 2, in <module>
2008-06-07 06:50:04,437 DEBUG AI : import pickle # Python object serialization library
2008-06-07 06:50:04,437 DEBUG AI : ImportError: No module named pickle
2008-06-07 06:50:07,171 DEBUG AI : AIClientApp::HandleMessage : Received JOIN_GAME acknowledgement
2008-06-07 06:50:08,015 DEBUG AI : AIClientApp::HandleMessage : Received GAME_START message; starting AI turn...
2008-06-07 06:50:08,187 DEBUG AI : Message::GAME_START loaded_game_data: 0
2008-06-07 06:50:08,187 DEBUG AI : Message::GAME_START Starting New Game!
2008-06-07 06:50:08,187 DEBUG AI : AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'startNewGame'
2008-06-07 06:50:08,250 DEBUG AI : AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'generateOrders'
2008-06-07 06:50:08,250 DEBUG AI : AIInterface::DoneTurn()
2008-06-07 06:50:08,515 DEBUG AI : AIClientApp::HandleMessage Message::SAVE_GAME
2008-06-07 06:50:08,515 DEBUG AI : AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'prepareForSave'
2008-06-07 06:50:24,859 FATAL AI : Initiating Exit (code 0 - normal termination)
Is there some other sort of information I can provide? I'm not sure what to do, except hope it's not something stupid like an ant chewing on the wires.P.S. When I installed freeorion v.0.3.7 (I think) for the very first time, everything ran fine. Problems started cropping up with v.0.3.8 (like the missing splash screen). Of course, now it doesn't seem to matter which version I install.