I am unable to note much more of the circumstances beyond this. For now, 4 our of 5 games as English randomly crashes to desktop in Imperial age. This occurs in 1v1 against AI and also in 2v2 of the same, and occurs both offline and online.
In one of the four incidents, the game froze for 10s before crashing. The other three incidents was a straight crash as if I ended the task in Windows.
I have validated Steam three times. The first time one file was downloaded, but the crash continues to occur after.
Is there anyone else who experienced similar things?