I bought H:PoM 7-10 days ago on Steam, not sure exactly when and it doesnt really matter, but safe to say i'm late arriving at the party and youre all pretty much just talking of H: Gold.
From the first day i bought my copy of the game (after 2 days playing the demo 2-3 times thru) it started crashing when a shortcut group of units (i'll refer to it as an Army) that has been routed and is spread across 2 or more home cities is given a group command to move to a location, especially a city. It never happened in the demo because this particular set of circumstances never arose. Once i bought it and spread out from the starting area it happened regularly, so much so i had to set the autosave to every 5 mins :s I now see the that you have fixed, what appears to be, this same problem in H:Gold beta 11
"* Fixed a crash caused by issuing orders to units in different containers."
Is this now going to be fixed with a patch for PoM? Atm i'm minimising the occurence of this by moving each unit out out of its home city individually before issuing a group/hotkey command to the whole "Army" but i dont always find them all and its a pain in the ass, and in the heat of a large battle involving 2 or more armies i sometimes forget and poof!... i'm suddenly sat looking at my desktop. (incidentally, if one member of a group is unable to comply with an order, for example its routed, it would be better if the ones that can did it anyway instead of an error message stopping the command being executed. something for Gold maybe if it isnt already)
The second thing i wanted to say was, ive read a lot of the threads here and seen so many newer ppl confused when ppl are talking about aspects of the game that they dont have.. those ppl are talking about Gold without specifying it. This section of the forum is clearly called "Hegemony: Philip of Macedon" but is used for both PoM and Gold. I'm not ready to discuss Gold yet ive only just bought PoM and am still learning (and enjoying) it. Although I do have Gold installed and my free registration code (thankyou thats great for when i'm ready for it). So can i suggest creating a forum section called "Hegemony: Gold". That way ppl such as myself who are still on PoM can have their area and ppl on test-playing Gold can have their area. it seems a very logical thing to do.
Id like to finish on a positive. H:PoM is an awesome game that i am thoroughly enjoying. Lately ive found myself buying games that have rave reviews, (and usually cost a fortune) and not enjoying them at all. PoM is a real gamers game.. not like the arcade-type crap thats being dressed up with fancy graphics and being marketed as state-of-the-art. Thankyou for restoring my faith and interest in gaming.